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Brahms Sextet No.1 in B flat major, Op. 18
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
Richard Dehmel’s poem, Verklärte Nacht, depicts two lovers walking through a shadowy forest. By the light of the moon, the woman reveals a dark secret: she is carrying another man’s child. Schoenberg’s dramatic, emotionally-charged setting of the poem caused controversy at its 1902 premiere, due not only to its taboo subject matter but the actual notes, too – his forward-thinking harmonic palette was met with outrage. Today, the piece is celebrated as one of the composer’s most melodic and accessible pieces – dark, tense, atmospheric, chromatic and dramatic in equal measure.
Brahms’ sextet is quite simply a stunning piece of music. Its second movement, regularly used in film and TV, contains some of the most beautiful chamber music written for strings.