Tremendous "Moses und Aron"

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Tremendous "Moses und Aron"

Post by Modernistfan » Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:23 pm

There is an absolutely staggering recording of Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron" buried in a 15-CD(!) box set on Berlin Classics entitled "Herbert Kegel: Legendary Recordings" (02332CCC, available at super-budget price for $59.99 at ArkivMusic). This set has a lot of other interesting repertoire, including works by composers of the former DDR such as Friedrich Schenker, Friedrich Goldmann, and Paul Dessau, The principal cast members for "Moses und Aron" are Werner Haseleu as Moses, Reiner Goldberg as Aaron, Renate Krahmer, Gisela Pohl, and Armin Ude.

The only problem is no libretto, but I already have the Solti, so I am keeping that for the libretto.

This recording of "Moses und Aron" had previously gotten rave reviews, equal or better to the Boulez DG set. However, when I bought it on Berlin Classics at Tower years ago as a cutout, there was a serious skip or drop-out at about 6 minutes 30 seconds into Track 1 of the first CD on all of several copies I tried. Whatever that was, it is not present at all in the box set. The sound is fine throughout.

This set is 100 times better than the recent Naxos recording.

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Re: Tremendous "Moses und Aron"

Post by Lance » Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:05 pm

Modernistfan wrote:There is an absolutely staggering recording of Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron" buried in a 15-CD(!) box set on Berlin Classics entitled "Herbert Kegel: Legendary Recordings" (02332CCC, available at super-budget price for $59.99 at ArkivMusic). This set has a lot of other interesting repertoire, including works by composers of the former DDR such as Friedrich Schenker, Friedrich Goldmann, and Paul Dessau, The principal cast members for "Moses und Aron" are Werner Haseleu as Moses, Reiner Goldberg as Aaron, Renate Krahmer, Gisela Pohl, and Armin Ude.

The only problem is no libretto, but I already have the Solti, so I am keeping that for the libretto.

This recording of "Moses und Aron" had previously gotten rave reviews, equal or better to the Boulez DG set. However, when I bought it on Berlin Classics at Tower years ago as a cutout, there was a serious skip or drop-out at about 6 minutes 30 seconds into Track 1 of the first CD on all of several copies I tried. Whatever that was, it is not present at all in the box set. The sound is fine throughout.

This set is 100 times better than the recent Naxos recording.
Thanks for this good information, Modernistfan. This set is something I think I might like to acquire, especially given the bargain price. I happen to think a great deal of Herbert Kegel's work in just about anything I've heard. His Berlin (label) recording [2047, 2 CDs] of Orff's Trionfi is also an outstanding piece of work. The Carmina Burana is one of the best and most exciting I've ever heard. Kegel was so appreciated during and respected in his lifetime in Europe; a pity he never made the BIG international scene. He ended up committing suicide. Such a tragedy.
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Post by diegobueno » Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:06 pm

Thanks for the heads up.

That's a great buy. I looked it up myself and here's what else is on it:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/c ... /kegel.htm

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Post by pizza » Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:24 pm

Kegel was a great Brucknerian. I think his set of Symphonies 3 through 9 with the Leipzig RSO on the Ode label are still obtainable in Japan. His 8th on Pilz is one of the greats and stands comparison with any.

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:54 am

diegobueno wrote:Thanks for the heads up.

That's a great buy. I looked it up myself and here's what else is on it:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/c ... /kegel.htm
Terrific!

Who plays the Berg Violin Concerto, I wonder?

And that must be Le chant du rossignol, of course . . . .

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Post by diegobueno » Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:37 am

karlhenning wrote: Who plays the Berg Violin Concerto, I wonder?
The text identifies him simply as Scherzer, and his first name may be mentioned earlier but I found it easier to search google and come up with the name Manfred.

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Post by diegobueno » Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:27 am

I also notice they've disregarded Schoenberg's superstitions and spelled "Aron" with two A's.

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:16 am

diegobueno wrote:I also notice they've disregarded Schoenberg's superstitions and spelled "Aron" with two A's.
In the track listing on the webpage, that might pass for a 'typo' (or that special class of typo which is automated-but-mistaken spell-check) . . . but in the body of Rob Barnett's text!

Tchah!

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