Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)
I bought this album because of Arnold Schönberg's symphonic poem "Pelleas und Melisande" contained on it - one of his earlier works, composed in 1902/1903, not long after the more popular "Verklärte Nacht". Obviously, Schönberg was quite a bit ahead of his time then, because this epic work wasn't received very well by the audience on its first performance in 1905 - the usual fate of a true pioneer. Nevertheless, it's one of his most fascinating works, highly complex and polyphonic, stretching tonality to the boundaries of the laws of harmony that were in effect at the beginning of the 20th century.
Regarding the "Five Stanzas" written by Dane Rudhyar in 1926, I have to admit that I didn't know this composer before, but I like this work pretty much after this first encounter. It's a symphonic poem, too, and the music is quite dense with a great sense of "dissonant harmony" - a term Rudhyar uses himself in his writings about music theory.
Favorite track: Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande - 62 to end.