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Feat. Schubert, Puccini, Mozart, Berg, Berio
Wouldn't it have been wonderful if history's greatest composers could have been gifted with the sixth-sense to tie up all their musical ends before they died?
Not least because composers have a depressing habit of dying whilst working on a masterpiece! Still, as this week's collection shows, these unfinished masterpieces do often surface nevertheless and go on to have public lives, and our five works span the gamut of the shapes these posthumous releases can take. So, for works completed by others to sound as close to the original composer's intensions as possible, we have Mozart's Requiem, Puccini's Turandot, and Berg's Lulu. Then we've used Schubert to tick our other two boxes. So for works performed in their still-uncompleted state, we've chosen his Unfinished Symphony No 8. Then for a work completed non-idiomatically, we've chosen Schubert's even-more-unfinished Ninth Symphony, and specifically Rendering, Luciano Berio's 1990 fashioning of it into a beautiful collision of the nineteenth and twentieth century styles. In other words, he took Schubert's unfinished business and turned it into the sound of Now.
An introduction to Schubert — Symphony No. 7 in b minor D 759 »Unfinished«
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Franz SchubertLorin Maazel, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks — 2001
An introduction to Puccini, Adami, Simoni, Gozzi — Turandot
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Giacomo Puccini (lyr. Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni, Carlo Gozzi)Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Peter Pears, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, Sabin Markov, John Alldis Choir, John Alldis, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, Russell Burgess, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta — 1972
An introduction to Mozart — Requiem in d minor KV 626
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Wolfgang Amadeus MozartNikolaus Harnoncourt, Christine Schäfer, Bernarda Fink, Kurt Streit, Gerald Finley, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Erwin Ortner — 2003
An introduction to Berg — Lulu
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Alban BergPierre Boulez, Teresa Stratas, Yvonne Minton, Hanna Schwarz, Franz Mazura, Kenneth Riegel, Toni Blankenheim, Robert Tear, Helmut Pampuch, Gerd Nienstedt, Jules Bastin, Pierre-Yves le Maigat, Claude Meloni, Anna Ringart, Ursula Boese, Jane Manning, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris — 1979
An introduction to Berio — Rendering per Orchestra
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Luciano BerioEdward Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra — 2011