Between the Wars#
Alban Berg: Adagio from the Symphonic Pieces from the Opera Lulu#
Alban Berg (1885 - Vienna - 1935) touches on the socially touchy theme
of a woman, who is forced into prostitution, while at the same time
being irresistably attractive to every man she meets, in Lulu (1935).
A film by G.W. Papst (1925) made the subject popular and Berg
(Illustration) artificially takes it a step higher by using a synthesis
of dodecaphony, traditional opera and symphonic orchestration. The
Adagio from the Symphonic Pieces from the opera Lulu contains
authentic music from the unfinished 3rd act, thus demonstrating how
Berg composed a mixture of forms and definitely planned to use
symphonic techniques in his opera, which was completed by Friedrich
Cerha. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1995 Berlin Classics /Gesellschaft für Produktmarketing mbH LC 6203 0090202BC, Interpreten: Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Herbert Kegel (Leitung).