Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
This is a very special piece for me. I first played it at a festival in Texas when I was very new to the wider world of classical music and I had never heard of this piece and barely knew anything of Schoenberg. When I was told that the piece was written in 1899 and the subject matter was a woman who confesses to her lover that she is pregnant by another man..well it blew my mind. The piece takes you from despair to forgiveness and every emotion in between. Grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) close your eyes and listen to this wonderful piece. I hope some of you might be as transformed by it as I was.