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Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Initiale - Lieder und fruhe Kammermusik

Zimmermann / Prohaska / Trio Berlin
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 6735   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Anna ProhaskaCordelia HoferAlessandro CapponeRachel Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD is the first recording of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's complete vocal works. The eleven songs were all interpreted by the renowned singer Anna Prohaska. The up-and-coming 27-year-old star currently captivates the opera world with her light and lyric soprano voice. The CD title borrowed from the same-name song 'Initiale' ('Initials') is also programmatic for this recording because it contains not only Zimmermann's vocal works but also his early chamber music. Members of the Berlin Philharmonic, including the Trio Berlin, present 'Trio' as well as - for violin and piano - 'Kleine Suite', 'Aria' and 'Sonate'. Except for 'Sonate' of 1950, all works compiled on this CD were created between 1939 and 1946. WERGO thus closes a gap in Read more Zimmermann's repertoire and puts a focus on the beginning of the career of this great composer: Never had Zimmermann been as close to the neo-romantic tonal language as in his songs in which he set texts by Rilke, Klabund or Nietzsche, among others, to music. This genre - to which he never returned again - reflects both the expression of intimate feelings and his strong interest in literature. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (3) aus dem Nachlass by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Anna Prohaska (Soprano), Cordelia Hofer (Piano)
2.
Kleine Suite for Violin and Piano by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Alessandro Cappone (Violin), Cordelia Hofer (Piano)
3.
Aria for Violin and Piano by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Alessandro Cappone (Violin), Cordelia Hofer (Piano)
4.
Lieder (5) für mittlere Singstimme by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Anna Prohaska (Soprano), Cordelia Hofer (Piano)
5.
Geistliche (3) Lieder by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Anna Prohaska (Soprano), Cordelia Hofer (Piano)
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Rachel Schmidt (Violin), Cordelia Hofer (Piano)
7.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944 

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