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G2: Film & Music: Reviews: Classical: Schoenberg: Moses und Aron Grundheber/Conrad/ SWR SO Baden-Baden/ EuropaChorAkademie/ Cambreling HANSSLER, TWO SACDS 4/5

July 25, 2014

Andrew Clements

Sixty years after its premiere, Schoenberg's unfinished masterpiece remains as much of a rarity in opera houses and concert halls as ever; this recording, pieced together from performances in Berlin, Lucerne, Strasbourg and Freiburg in 2012, takes the total of currently available versions on CD and DVD into double figures. It's one of the best too; the conductor Sylvain Cambreling had clearly prepared both the chorus, the young voices of the EuropaChorAkademie, and the orchestra, the SWR Symphony, punctiliously well. Perhaps Cambreling remains just a bit too detached when something more feral is required, but it's still mightily impressive.

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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