The two works on this album, can both be considered cornerstones in Austrian composer, Arnold Schoenberg's (1874-1951) chamber music oeuvre.
Verklarte Nacht ("Transfigured Night"), was both, the first Schoenberg chamber piece to receive an opus number, and also the first of his works to appear in print. At the time of its composition, Verklarte Nacht showed up Schoenberg's then-primary interests : In large-scale programmatic structures ; And the work of the foremost two composers of late-Romantic symphonic structure : Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.
Side One : Verklarte Nacht op.4 (1899 ; 27:36) :-
(string sextet after the poem by Richard Dehmel)
The String Trio was composed four years before Schoenberg's passing. It is interesting how the Grand Old Man, holds time in suspension and sets down his own experience of the threshold of death. The String Trio also continues, the post-early-Twenties, path that Schoenberg took, namely toward developing a new, rational organization of chromatic material, via a method of composing with twelve notes, related only to each other ...
Side Two : String Trio op.45 (1946 ; 18:33)
Records graded visualy to RRPG grades
(record/sleeve/tri-fold sheet Photo Five) EX/EX/EX+.