Transfigured Night

Alisa Weilerstein & Trondheim Soloists

Transfigured Night

While Transfigured Night refers to Schoenberg’s exotic, sensuous tone-poem—performed here in its 1943 chamber ensemble version—it could apply to Haydn’s concertos that so enriched the cello’s solo repertoire as well as 18th century Vienna’s reputation as a musical city without rival. Or even to Alisa Weilerstein and the Trondheim Soloists’ inspired twilight recording sessions amid the snow-covered Norwegian landscape. The music-making on show is sublime—from Weilerstein’s crisp, vibrant Haydn to the smeary sonic canvas of Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” itself, a post-Romantic work of breathtaking invention. Its perfumed musical language sits on the very brink of tonality.

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