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Breaking Free: Wednesday - Suzy Klein

Suzy Klein presents Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht played live by principal players of Aurora Orchestra.

Suzy Klein begins the new year with a lively mix of music, chat and arts news; and as part of Radio 3's Breaking Free, Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra perform one of Arnold Schoenberg's most passionate works, Verklärte Nacht Op. 4. Schoenberg composed the sextet during a three-week period in September 1899, while he was holidaying in the Austrian countryside near the mountain resort of Semmering.

Plus live performance from members of the cast of All the Angels - Handel and the First Messiah which is currently on at the Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Twelve ways of listening to Schoenberg's journey to serial music, in the words of Tom Service and Schoenberg himself.

The Listening Service Extra - Episode 7: Expressive Melodies. Tom looks at Schoenberg's own demonstration of how to harmonize a melody to maximum effect, using his Orchestral Variations as an example. As Schoenberg says: "There is nothing I long for more intensely than to be taken for a better sort of Tchaikovsky".

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

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Francois Couperin /arr. Thomas Ades

    Les Baricades misterieuses [from ordre no.6]

  • George Frideric Handel

    Let all the Angels

  • François Couperin

    Les Baricades misterieuses [from ordre no.6]

  • George Frideric Handel

    Let all the Angels

  • George Frideric Handel

    And the Glory of the Lord; Surely He Hath Borne Our Grief

  • George Frideric Handel & Academy of Ancient Music

    He was despised

  • Alban Berg


  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Concerto Grosso no, 2 in C minor 1) Allegro

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro - (K.492), Overture

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklarte Nacht

    Performer: Hartmut Rohde. Performer: Michael Sanderling. Ensemble: Leipzig Quartet.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Concerto in A minor Wq166, last Mvt

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam.


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