Interpretation

Schoenberg’s music, often maligned as intellectual and all too dissonant ( due to his composition method ) is in reality ( just like Anton von Webern’s music ) amongst the most expressive music ever written. A kind of Brahms on steroids, due to the extreme chromaticism, the abandonement of tonality, but — and this is a big but – still containing many of the musical gestures of the older colleague. A ” conservative revolutionary ” Schoenberg has been called, and quite rightly so. A particular pity seems to me the overall standard of interpretation of his piano works. Many literal and intellectually charged readings exist, but nobody has ever caught the spirit of these works better than Eduard Steuermann in his 1957 recordings. Here it is: a highly expressive, beautiful sounding version, a delight for mind and ear!