Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
1. Poema No. 4: Passage du poète 8:58
A la memoire d’Alban Berg
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
2. Sonata for piano, Op. 1 (1908) 12:56
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (b. 1947)
Sonata for piano No. 1 (1970)
in memoriam Alban Berg
3. I 4:38
4. II 4:55
5. III 3:26
4 Songs, op. 2
for voice and piano
6. Schlafen, schlafen 2:58
7. Schlafend trägt man mich 1:11
8. Nun ich der Riesen stärksten überwand :58
9. Warm die Lüfte 3:09
Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997)
10. Variations on a theme by Alban Berg (1952) 7:47
Jacob Gilboa (1920-2007)
11. Reflections on Three Chords of Alban Berg (1979) 7:07
Alban Berg/Hans Erich Apostel (1901-1972)
12. Variations from Berg’s opera “Lulu” (1935)
Music of Tribute Vol. 6 – Berg
Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute pays homage to Alban Berg with Labor Records latest release—Volume 6 of its Music of Tribute series.
Volume 6 of Labor Records’ Music of Tribute series pays homage to a veritable mountain of early 20th-century Modernism—Alban Berg. Lithuanian-American pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute weaves an intricate tapestry of scintillating performances of Berg’s first two published works and of previously unknown music written in tribute to the musical and emotional world that he created. Jokubaviciute, known for her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work, explores the wide-ranging connections, established through dedication and thematic reference, between Berg’s body of work and subsequent creative music that it has influenced.
All of the works presented here are tributes of sorts. Berg’s Piano Sonata Opus 1—written in tribute to his teacher Arnold Schoenberg—may very well be the most formidable initial work of any composer in the history of music. His Four Songs, Opus 2 represent a double tribute—dedicated to his future wife and modeled on Schoenberg’s second string quartet. Jokubaviciute reveals and explores subterranean and sometimes oblique connections between these early works (with mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix in the Four Songs) of this seminal composer whose creative innovations would inspire tributes written by an internationally diverse group of composers who would go onto to forge their own original and influential voices.
The eccentric and influential Giacinto Scelsi’s à la memoire d’Alban Berg “Passage du poète” explores the atmosphere of Berg’s music and is suggestive of the opus 1 piano sonata. With striking parallels to Berg’s first published composition, Ali-Zadeh’s Piano Sonata in Memoriam Alban Berg launched the international career of Central Asia’s most cosmopolitan composer. In Variations on a Theme by Alban Berg, Finney pays specific tribute to Berg’s Violin Concerto as well as to the technique out of which Berg’s music was generated. Gilboa reflects on three chords and their colors from Berg’s opera Wozzeck with his Reflections on Three Chords of Alban Berg. Apostel commemorated Berg the year of his death with his Variations from ‘Lulu’, which is an arrangement for piano four-hands of the fourth piece in Berg’s Lulu Suite.
- A celebration of the music of Alban Berg: a towering figure of early 20th-century Modernism
- Introducing a formidable young pianist in her recording debut
- Featuring unknown and first recordings of works written in memory of Alban Berg
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