Schoenberg, Arnold - Piano concerto op. 42 02
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Schonbergs beautiful and emotional Pianoconcerto of 1942 played by Mitsuko Uchida and the crystal-clear Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate
Arnold Schoenberg's Piano Concerto, Op. 42 (1942) consists of four interconnected movements:
- Andante (bars 1–175),
- Molto allegro (bars 176–263),
- Adagio (bars 264–329), and
- Giocoso (bars 330–492) .
A concerto for piano, the piece features consistent use of the twelve-tone technique and only one tone row ("the language is very systematic, it's the true dodecaphonic Schoenberg" ).
The concerto was initially the result of a commission from Oscar Levant. Around 20 minutes long, its first performance was given February 6, 1944 at NBC Orchestra's Radio City Habitat in New York City, by Leopold Stokowski and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, with Eduard Steuermann at the piano