1.-21. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Pierrot Lunaire Op.21
for reciter, piano, flute (piccolo) clarinet (bass clarinet), violin (viola) and cello (1912) (in German) 36:17
22.-26. Arnold Schoenberg - Suite Op.29 (1925) for 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano 31:08
Alda Caiello soprano - sprechgesang (1-21)
Pražák Quartet members: Pavel Hůla, Vlastimil Holek violins, Josef Klusoň viola, Michal Kaňka cello
Jaromír Klepáč piano, Václav Kunt flute, Milan Polák clarinet (bass clarinet Op.29), Karel Dohnal clarinet, Vit Spilka bass clarinet, Pavel Hůla conductor
Pierrot lunaire, the scandalous 'Red Mass' with its bloody host, stems from a musical art in which Viennese cabaret, Neapolitan and oriental antecedents and German Jewish humour blend with stable, clearly audible Sprechgesang (speech-song) in a musical framework that serves as stage director and means of dramatic expression. It simultaneously proposes a literal text of immediate impact and its humorous and even ironic antithesis. Same outline with the Suite Op.29, which is serial but with jazzy counterpoint !