I took a chance on this one - a budget recording of 20th century music does not always turn out well. This CD has some great playing and is a good interpretation of a sometimes misunderstood composer.
I was introduced to Schoenberg in college as the creator of "serial" or "twelve-tone" music; music that is not written in a certain key and sounds random at times, but is in fact very methodical.
The pieces on this CD are from a period when Schoenberg was experimenting with serialism and sometimes sounds "all over the place", but also has some very romantic moments. I discovered these at a National Symphony Orchestra concert where they were performed as part of a pieced-together score for the early silent film "Metropolis". It may not be a good CD for dinner parties or background music, but can be a good one to just sit down and listen to, contemplating the many moods it evokes.
Price- budget (great)
Playing/Sound- very good
Selection- very good
Liner notes- informative, not overly technical (very good)