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Zemlinsky: The Mermaid, Sinfonietta / Judd, New Zealand SO


Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570240   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Believe it or not, this is at least the third recording of this particular coupling. Aside from the Dausgaard listed above, there's also a set with James Conlon on EMI (probably out of print), and all of them are generally very good. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra hasn't quite the polish of Dausgaard's Danish forces, and in the Sinfonietta greater familiarity with the music might have led to a more nuanced handling of Zemlinsky's very detailed dynamic markings, but there's very little here to criticize. James Judd usually does well in music of this period, and in The Mermaid he has the orchestra sounding larger and more lush than usual, with surprisingly rich strings and a suitably dense, saturated sonority. The work itself does go on a Read more bit too long, and one of its main themes sounds stolen from Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, but that's hardly the fault of the performance, and the engineering is also quite good, without the oddities of balance that sometimes afflict productions from this source. A fine disc, and a very nice introduction to the composer generally.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonietta, Op. 23 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: June 6-8, 2006 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 22 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Die Seejungfrau: Sehr massig bewegt by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1903; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Die Seejungfrau: Sehr bewegt, rauschend by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1903; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Die Seejungfrau: Seht gedehnt, mit schmerzvollem Ausdruck by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1903; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonietta, Op. 23: I. Sehr lebhaft -
Sinfonietta, Op. 23: II. Ballade: Sehr gemessen [poco adagio], doch nicht schleppend -
Sinfonietta, Op. 23: III. Sehr lebhaft
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid): I. Sehr massig bewegt
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid): II. Sehr bewegt, rauschend
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid): III. Sehr gedehnt, mit schmerzvollem Ausdruck

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Solid Choice March 22, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "This recording was my initial purchase of works by Zemlinsky. I had heard a James Conlon version years earlier through my local library. The music is thoroughly engaging and the price perfect for getting into the groove with the composer. Afterward I bought the piano album by Silke Avenhaus and the Cello Sonata/Clarinet Trio CD, all on NAXOS. I admire Zemlinsky very much after living with these sounds over time." Report Abuse
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