Thursday, March 01, 2007

Erwartung (translation: Expectation) Is An Opera, Composed In 1909 By The Viennese Composer Arnold Schoenberg, To A Libretto By Marie Pappenheim

"Erwartung (translation: Expectation) is an opera, composed in 1909 by the Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg, to a libretto by Marie Pappenheim. It was not premiered until June 6, 1924, in Prague, conducted by Alexander Zemlinsky with Marie Gutheil-Schoder as the soprano. The work takes the unusual form of a monologue for solo soprano, backed up by a large orchestra. In performance, it lasts for about half an hour. It is often paired with Béla Bartók's opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, as the two works are generally thought to be similar in character and psychological themes. Schoenberg's succinct description of the work was: "In Erwartung the aim is to represent in slow motion everything that occurs during a single second of maximum spiritual excitement, stretching it out to half an hour."

Among the sopranos noted for their performances of this difficult masterpiece are Karan Armstrong, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Susan Davenny Wyner, Wendy Dixon, Dorothy Dorow, Dorothy Dow, Heather Harper, Evelyn Lear, Alessandra Marc, Janis Martin, Eva Marton, Patricia Neway, Jessye Norman, Helga Pilarczyk, Renata Scotto, Rita Shane, Anja Silja and Dunja Vejzovic." (Wikipedia)


Friday, March 2 at 8:00pm
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

"A musical dialogue full of tenderness, spice, wildness, and glory."

Since these four principal soloists from the renowned Vienna Chamber Orchestra formed the aron quartett in 1998, they have been recognized as authoritative interpreters of the Viennese string quartet literature, both of the Classical period and of the Second Viennese School.

HAYDN: String Quartet in D minor, op. 76, no. 2 ("The Fifths")
SCHOENBERG: String Quartet no. 3, op. 30 (Coolidge Commission)
KORNGOLD: String Quartet no. 3 in D Major, op. 34

6:15 pm - Whitall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-Concert Presentation: Schoenberg and Kandinsky -- Fred Wasserman, curator, Jewish Museum, co-editor of Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider, with Anne McLean, Music Division, Library of Congress.

Metropolitan Opera

New York City Opera

San Francisco Opera

Washington National Opera

Photo credit: (c) Robert Presutti for the New York Times. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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