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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I have the Artemis Quartet recorded in 2002 on an EMI 2 CD. And the another version by the Schoenberg Quartet on the Chandos box set.

    https://www.amazon.com/Schoenberg-Ve...%2C152&sr=1-10

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    I always thought that Rattle box set looked interesting, but more so now that I realize that it's the chamber version of Verklärte, I thought it was Rattle conducting the string orchestra arrangement.

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    Yeah, it is the sextet version. I also like the orchestral pieces conducted by Rattle. It's a good set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Yeah, it is the sextet version. I also like the orchestral pieces conducted by Rattle. It's a good set.
    Yes, inspecting the 2 CD release with Schoenberg works and Rattle as a prominent name, which I mentioned earlier, it is indeed the Artemis Quartet etc. in Verklärte Nacht (recorded 2002), but Rattle probably didn't have anything to do with that recording.

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    ^Well, that looks essential. I don't have the Chamber Symphonies or the Variations in my library anywhere.

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    No, Rattle had nothing to do with the sextet. That release is a compilation. Not an album. There are many of those excellent EMI 2 disc comps now being re-issued by Warner. Other excellent sets are the Berg, and Penderecki if you can find them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    ^The Raphael Ensemble has a great disc of Brahms string sextets, works that I think share very much in common with Verklärte Nacht (they may have even been seen by Schoenberg as a starting point, I might assume).
    The first time I heard Verklärte Nacht, the other work on the program was Brahms Sextet Op. 18.

    The Hollywood and LaSalle are my preferred chamber versions; for the orchestral version, it's Stokowski's:

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    I just listened to both of Boulez's recordings and I like these a lot. I prefer the sextet, but the orchestra version is fine too. Plenty of soulfulness and emotion in both performances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    ^Well, that looks essential. I don't have the Chamber Symphonies or the Variations in my library anywhere.
    The Orpheus set of both Chamber Symphonies (+ VN) is another good way to fill that gap

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    A recent version of the sextet version Verklärte Nacht that impressed me greatly is this one, accompanying Isabelle Faust's recording of the Violin Concerto. It's an all-star lineup, and extremely moving.


    My favorite for the string orchestra version remains Boulez. Don't let anyone tell it's "not Romantic enough," or emotionally detached, etc.: that's rubbish. Boulez is amazing in this piece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post

    My favorite for the string orchestra version remains Boulez. Don't let anyone tell it's "not Romantic enough," or emotionally detached, etc.: that's rubbish. Boulez is amazing in this piece!
    Agreed! And the sound of the string orchestra sounds brilliant on this recording.
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