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Zemlinsky: Anniversary Edition

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When Zemlinsky died in 1942, there was no telling if or when posthumous recognition of his work would take place. Typical though his reception was for the 20th century pockmarked by two world wars and Nazi rule, it remains remarkable just how differently Zemlinsky, born on October 14th, 1871, has been judged throughout the last 150 years. He had his works premiered at the Vienna Court Opera by Mahler. He commanded the utmost respect of his pupil and brother-in-law Arnold Schoenberg. He was celebrated as the director of Pragues New German Theatre. And yet, still in his lifetime, his work succumbed to political and stylistic changes; he had been persecuted and was forgotten. Weve sort of come full circle: Zemlinsky is once again considered a great composer whose works dont have to shy away from comparison with those of his famous contemporaries and whose music gets performed at least occasionally. With this special Anniversary Edition Capriccio revere the huge spectrum of his outstanding musically compositions.

 

REVIEWS:

This six-disc set of Zemlinsky recordings on Capriccio contains a nicely representative selection of vocal, orchestral and chamber works, from the Brahmsian D-minor Symphony to what are arguably Zemlinsky’s two greatest (non-operatic) pieces: the Lyric Symphony, and the Second String Quartet. Fine sonics and first-rate performances make this an excellent introduction to a masterful composer.

– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)

Bertrand de Billy directs this performance of A Florentine Tragedy with a grand sweep. The vibrant, close sound provides great detail and gives the climactic moments considerable impact. The recording proves amazingly successful in keeping the singers audible through some mighty orchestral outbursts; of course that’s to Zemlinsky’s credit as well.

– MusicWeb International

Zemlinsky's powerful Piano Trio...should have a larger niche in this repertoire. The Pacific Trio's performance is elegant and devoid of histrionics.

– Fanfare



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 04, 2021


  • Catalog Number: C7360


  • UPC: 845221073606


  • Label: Capriccio


  • Number of Discs: 6


  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century


  • Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky


  • Conductor: Antony Beaumont, Bertrand de Billy, Christoph Eschenbach, Gerd Albrecht, Hans Graf, Stefan Soltesz, Susanna Mälkki


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Artis Quartet, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin), Danish National Radio Choir, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, Hessen Radio Figural Choir, Hessen Radio Youth Choir, Linos Ensemble, North German Radio Chorus, North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Pacific Trio, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Alexander Schmalcz, Birgit Calm, Charles Reid, Charles Spencer, Christine Schäfer, Edith Mathis, Eva Johansson, Franz Grundheber, Gabriele Maria Ronge, Gerold Huber, Gidon Saks, Hans Helm, Hartmut Welker, Heidi Brunner, Heinz Kruse, James O'Neal, Josef Protschka, Kay Stiefermann, Kurt Westi, Matthias Goerne, Monte Pederson, Nina Warren, Pamela Coburn, Per-Arne Wahlgren, Peter Haage, Peter Matić, Petra Lang, Renate Behle, Roland Hermann, Ruth Ziesak, Thomas Ebenstein, Thomas Michael Allen, Victor von Halem, Wolfgang Koch, Zoryana Kushpler



Works:


  1. Lyrische Symphonie (Lyric Symphony), Op. 18

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris

    Performer: Christine Schäfer, Matthias Goerne

    Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach


  2. Symphony in D Minor

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Antony Beaumont


  3. Sinfonietta, Op. 23

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Susanna Mälkki


  4. 3 Ballet Pieces from Triumph der Zeit

    Ensemble: Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Gerd Albrecht


  5. Frühlingsbegräbnis

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, North German Radio Chorus

    Performer: Roland Hermann, Edith Mathis

    Conductor: Antony Beaumont


  6. Symphonische Gesänge, Op. 20

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Franz Grundheber

    Conductor: Gerd Albrecht


  7. 6 Gesänge, Op. 13 (version for voice and orchestra)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Petra Lang

    Conductor: Susanna Mälkki


  8. Walzer-Gesänge nach toskanischen Volksliedern, Op. 6

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Thomas Michael Allen, Charles Spencer


  9. Irmelin Rose und andere Gesänge, Op. 7

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Ruth Ziesak, Gerold Huber


  10. Es war ein alter König

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Kay Stiefermann, Alexander Schmalcz


  11. 7 Songs: No. 7. Waldgespräch

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Kay Stiefermann, Alexander Schmalcz


  12. 2 Brettl-Lieder

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Thomas Ebenstein, Charles Spencer


  13. Noch spür ich ihren Atem auf den Wangen

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Ruth Ziesak, Gerold Huber


  14. Hörtest du denn nicht hinein

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Ruth Ziesak, Gerold Huber


  15. Die Beiden

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Ruth Ziesak, Gerold Huber


  16. Harmonie des Abends

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Performer: Ruth Ziesak, Gerold Huber


  17. 6 Gesänge, Op. 13 (arr. E. Stein and A. Tarkmann for voice and chamber ensemble)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Linos Ensemble

    Performer: Zoryana Kushpler


  18. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 3

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Pacific Trio


  19. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Artis Quartet


  20. Es war einmal (Once Upon a Time) (excerpts)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Danish National Radio Choir, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Eva Johansson, Kurt Westi, Per-Arne Wahlgren

    Conductor: Hans Graf


  21. Der Traumgörge, Op. 11 (excerpts)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hessen Radio Youth Choir, Hessen Radio Figural Choir

    Performer: Gabriele Maria Ronge, Hartmut Welker, Josef Protschka, Victor von Halem, Peter Haage, Birgit Calm, Heinz Kruse

    Conductor: Gerd Albrecht


  22. Der Kreidekreis (excerpts)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Renate Behle, Hans Helm, Peter Matić, Gidon Saks

    Conductor: Stefan Soltesz


  23. Eine florentinische Tragödie, Op. 16 (excerpts)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Wolfgang Koch, Charles Reid, Heidi Brunner

    Conductor: Bertrand de Billy


  24. Der König Kandaules, Op. 26 (reconstructed and completed by A. Beaumont) (excerpts)

    Composer: Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Ensemble: Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Monte Pederson, James O'Neal, Nina Warren

    Conductor: Gerd Albrecht