Notes and Editorial Reviews
By 1896, at the age of twenty-five, Alexander Zemlinsky was one of the rising stars in the Viennese musical firmament. His first opera had been written, he had won a number of awards, and he had earned the support of Johannes Brahms. In July of the same year he began writing his First String Quartet, a work of sweeping lyricism, rich dance patterns, and self-confidence, couched within the bounds of a relatively conventional palette. Seventeen years later he began his Second String Quartet. Kaleidoscopic in effect, mood, and technical demands, and redolent of the music of the new century led by his brother-in-law Arnold Schoenberg it was to place Zemlinsky securely in the European avant-garde.
"The first instalment of the
Escher Quartet's survey of Zemlinsky appeared last year. This second disc is as impressive, and includes a superb performance of the Second Quartet, one of Zemlinsky's greatest and most radical achievements. The Eschers sustain the huge span of music magnificently, while making sure that every tiny detail of Zemlinksy's meticulous string writing is heard."
-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian [6/12//14]
Works on This Recording
String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 4: I. Allegro con fuoco
String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 4: II. Allegretto - quarter note: etwas schneller als fruher (quarter note - 6/8 prestissimo) - Tempo di allegretto
String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 4: III. Breit und kraftig
String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 4: IV. Vivace e con fuoco
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15: I. Sehr masssig (quasi andante) - Heftig und leidenschaftlich - Andante mosso - Etwas rascher -
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15: II. Adagio -
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15: III. Schnell (die Achtel) -
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15: IV. Andante
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15: V. Langsam
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