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Donald Macleod focuses on Schoenberg's changes of personal faith and his predilection for superstition. Including Early Songs, Fried auf Erden, Kol Nidre, A Survivor from Warsaw.

Donald Macleod explores Schoenberg's life from five different viewpoints. Part of Radio 3's season: Breaking Free - the minds that changed music. Today, the composer's changes of personal faith, and his predilection for superstition.

Schoenberg was sincere about faith and belief throughout his life, though not always with consistency. Superstition governed his daily life, in particular a horror of the number thirteen, whilst in religion he first converted from Judaism to Protestantism and later back again, not least because of the impact of the persecution of Jews. Towards the end of his life, he wrote several Jewish works celebrating the establishment of the state of Israel.

Early Songs (Ekloge; Juble, schöne junge Rose; Einst hat vot deines Vaters Haus; Einsam bin ich und alleine; Lied der Schnitterin; Vergissmeinnicht; Mädchenlied)
Claudia Barainsky, Soprano
Urs Liska, Piano

Friede auf Erden Op 13
BBC Singers
Pierre Boulez, Conductor

Kol Nidre Op 39
Simon Joly Chorale
Philharmonia Orchestra
Robert Craft, Conductor

A Survivor From Warsaw Op 46
Simon Callow, Narrator
London Symphony Orchestra
Robert Craft, Conductor

Thrice a Thousand Years Op 50a
Südfunk-Chor Stuttgart
Rupert Huber, Conductor

Part of Radio 3's "Breaking Free - the minds that changed music", exploring the music of the Second Viennese School.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 6 Jan 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Arnold Schoenberg

    7 Early songs

    Performer: Urs Liska. Singer: Claudia Barainsky.
    • Capriccio: 7120.
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    • 1.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Friede auf Erden Op 13

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • SONY : SMK-62019.
    • SONY.
    • 7.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Kol Nidre Op 39

    Singer: David Wilson‐Johnson. Choir: Simon Joly Chorale. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Craft.
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    • NAXOS.
    • 15.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    A Survivor from Warsaw Op 46

    Narrator: Simon Callow. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: London Voices. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • KOCH : 37263-2.
    • KOCH.
    • 6.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Thrice a Thousand Years Op 50a

    Choir: South German Radio Chorus. Conductor: Rubert Huber.
    • ARTE NOVA : 74321-27799 2.
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    • 1.

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