Schoenberg: Erwartung; Pierrot lunaire; Lied der Waldtaube

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COMPOSERS: Schoenberg
WORKS: Erwartung; Pierrot lunaire; Lied der Waldtaube
PERFORMER: Janis Martin (soprano), Yvonne Minton (reciter), Jessye Norman (mezzo-soprano); BBC SO, Members of the Ensemble InterContemporain/ Pierre Boulez
CATALOGUE NO: SMK 48466 ADD(1978/82)
This generous collection is a most welcome reissue from the late Seventies. Norman is ravishing in the Song of the Wood-dove. The suppleness of Minton’s Sprechstimme, particularly its rhythms, and the eloquence of the instrumentalists, make this Pierrot a performance to treasure. The wonderful Erwartung is all too rarely recorded; after a calm start, Martin rides the tremendous climaxes in a finely-paced account, although she is recorded a little too prominently. Julian Rushton