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Recordings of Schönberg's 1894 Klavierstücke have been rare:
Elisabeth Klein, 1997 Gregorio Nardi, 1998 Sarah Rothenberg, 2000.
(Rothenberg's issue is remarkably prescient in its interpolation of the late-Brahms/early-Schönberg pieces.)
* See: Brahms Klavierstück on an 1851 Streicher Brahms Klavierstück on an 1851 Streicher Brahms Sonatas on an 1850 Bösendorfer *
I NEVER HEARD BETTER!May 12 2015
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can honestly say that I've never heard these pieces performed better and anyone close to these works will certainly be pleased with these virtually perfect performances. But as much as I love and admire Schoenberg's vocally oriented works from Erwartung and Pierrot Lunaire to Moses und Aron, for reasons I can't quite pinpoint, his purely instrumental works with rare exception don't seem to do much for me including these piano pieces. Perhaps it's because I can't seem to appreciate them as abstract music as I can anything up through Mahler. His Opus 24 Serenade is one of the exceptions perhaps due to the interesting choice of instruments, but his Three Pieces for Orchestra leave me flat. His String Trio is another, but perhaps it's because it has a "program" (his heart attack and subsequent recouperation).