Arnold Schoenberg: Serenade, op.24; Suite, op. 29. Robert Craft (conductor). Koch Classics, 1997.
“and talentless composers. the music contained on this cd is proof enough in and of itself that Arnold Schoenberg was a mediocre musical talent, and turned to composing in an alienist atonal style only after he could plainly see that he could not compete on tonal musical grounds with the likes of strauss, pfitzner, schreker, ravel, debussy, and the like. the man craved attention and success, and most of all, ‘historical significance’ for himself, and therefore devised a system of composing that purposefully could not be understood, thus setting himself up as a pretended misunderstood ‘genius’ in the romantic sense, and claiming that anyone who cried foul regarding his music was simply not sophisticated enough to comprehend his noise. Then he created a rigid mathematical system of organizing tones with no relation whatsoever to natural acoustics or the way human beings make sense of sound. If his ludicrous communistic regimentation of musical tones is not enough to prove that Schoenberg was a musical mediocrity at best, or incompetent at worst, then just listen to the garbage contained on this cd for confirmation.”
Thanks to Frau Dr. Mag. Zoe Lang for bringing this wonderfully scary review to my attention. Also thanks for the following link to the Arnold Schoenberg Center webradio that allows you to listen to Serenade, op. 24.