WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg / Runnicles, Deutsche Oper Berlin

Release Date: 05/22/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 2110657  
Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Emily MageeDavid Butt PhilipElena TsallagovaMick Morris Mehnert
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper ChorusBerlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available on Blu-ray

Based on Oscar Wilde’s story The Birthday of the Infanta, Zemlinsky’s single-act opera Der Zwerg is the tragic tale of a dwarf who is presented at court, falls in love with the beautiful Donna Clara, but is ultimately forced to see himself as others see him and to die of a broken heart. Preceded by Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34 (1930), Zemlinsky’s Romantic score is full of psychological intrigue. Is Der Zwerg a critique of society’s superficiality? Is it the composer’s self-portrait in his doomed affair with Alma Schindler? Director Tobias Kratzer’s stunning, transparent production creates a space in which
Read more each character is thrown into sharp relief in this ‘fine, noble and melancholy work’. (Bachtrack.com)
Read less

Works on This Recording

Der Zwerg, Op. 17 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Emily Magee (Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor), Elena Tsallagova (Soprano),
Mick Morris Mehnert (Actor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; Prague, Czech Republ 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title