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Schoenberg Opus 26

for flute and piano (CD)



Utgivningsår: 2003

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This first recording of Arnold Schoenberg´s Op. 26 in the version for flute and piano is the product of an artistic research project financed by the Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, with full exploitation of the Academy´s potential for integration across subject boundaries, involving two instrumentalists, who initiated the project, a sound engineer, a producer and a composer, all of whom are on the teaching staff, as well as an artist previoously associated with the institution. The aim of the production is to illuminate one central work from the 20th century from an interpretational and pedagogical  perspective.

Arnold Schoenberg´s Wind Quintet, Op. 26 (1924) is a remarkable document of twentieth century music. Besides being a sophisticated twelve-tone composition, its dimensions are impressive, requiring a playing time of about forty minutes.

The quintet also exists in a version for flute (alt. violin) and piano, published in 1926 in Universal Edition. It was prepared by the conductor Felix Greissle (1899–1982). Greissle belonged to the inner circle around Schoenberg; he was the composer´s son-in-law, pupil and staunch supporter. On several occasions he adapted orchestra scores and made piano reductions of Schoenberg´s works at the request of the composer, similarly the flute and piano version was sanctioned and approved by the composer.

Greissle´s familiarity with Op. 26 is unquestionable; he conducted the first performance of the Quintet and wrote a penetrating analysis of the work in "Musikblätter des Anbruch" in February, 1925.

The flute and piano version is of great musical value since it brings forth late-Romantic facets not so easily recognizable in the Quintet with its inherent problems of sound homgeneity. Twelve-tone music is often looked upon as being merely a reflection of mathematical-mechanical calculations, void of any emotional qualities whatsoever.

This does not hold true of Schoenberg´s work. On the contrary, his twelve-tone compositions are the reverse of the supposed rigidness and are a continuation of his search for ways to heighten the expressive power of music. Early works, such as the intensively emotional Verklärte Nacht, Gurrelieder and Pelleas und Malisande, were steps in this process.

We seek to bring out this aspect of Op. 26, which, in our opinion, is a monumental attempt to create a new musical universe.


Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
Sonata Opus 26 for flute and piano
1. Schwungvoll  12´42
2. Anmutig und heiter; scherzando  9´42
3. Etwas langsam (poco adagio)  11´40
4. Rondo  9´22

This CD is recorded at the Malmö Academy of Music, The Rosenberg Hall, December 1991.
Producer: Anders Åhlin
Engineer: Ronny Sjöstrand
Composition analysis: Rolf Martinsson
Cover art: Per Jadéus: "Visions: The Lake and Castle of Gurre"