Berg by Arrangement: Music for Strings | Toccata Classics TOCC0247

Berg by Arrangement: Music for Strings


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0247

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th September 2014



These arrangements for string orchestra of works by Alban Berg take their cue from Berg himself: he arranged three of the six movements of the Lyric Suite for string orchestra - the Dutch composer Theo Verby arranged the other three.

The CD includes an arrangement of Bergís Piano Sonata for strings by Wijnand van Klaveren. The six early works were arranged specially for this recording by Ernst Kovacic. Kanon was arranged by Alfred Schnittke.

The arrangements chart his development as a composer, from prentice pieces composed under the tutelage of Arnold Schoenberg to the rich, mature style of one of his masterpieces, the Lyric Suite, written to express an impassioned and illicit love.

This release marks the end of Ernst Kovacicís seven years as artistic director of the NRM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wrocław. Their previous Toccata Classics album, of music by Ernst Krenek (TOCC0199), was received with universal enthusiasm.

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