Schoenberg and Bodley – Vocal Works

A release of two major cycles by Arnold Schoenberg and Seoírse Bodley

Two major cycles, extensive in duration and exceptionally powerful. Arnold Schoenberg’s Opus 15 (Das Buch der hängenden Gärten) is a seminal, revolutionary work, composed in 1908–9 and which is considered by many to be the first truly modernist composition – certainly in vocal music. Today it still sounds exploratory and adventurous. Its 15 sections are all settings of poems by Stefan George.

[aam context=”content” limit=”visitor” show=”86.187.170.126″]In some ways, the song cycle A Girl by Seoírse Bodley is a modern equivalent, though in no way does it lack in complete originality. It was commissioned by Radio Telefis Eireann and premièred in 1978; its tragic story of a girl exiled from society was not uncommon in Ireland until very recently (and of course is still prevalent in many countries). Aylish Kerrigan is a specialist in contemporary vocal music and gives a stunning performance, wonderfully partnered by Dearbhla Collins.[/aam]

Métier catalogue no.: MSV 28560

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