Stroma: Pierrot Lunaire

By Elizabeth Kerr In Classical

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24th November, 2012
How long can music be “new”? It’s already 100 years since Arnold Schoenberg launched his mercurial, moon-drunk clown onto the stage with a five-person chamber ensemble and fevered poetic language brimming with symbols of nightmare, ecstasy and blood. Pierrot Lunaire, his Opus 21, was well received at its première by the audience, if not the local critics, and went on to tour 11 European cities. For Stroma, the “new music” ensemble presenting Pierrot Lunaire in Wellington this month, bringing us such 20th-century masterworks is part of their raison d’être. ...

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