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Zemlinsky: Symphonische Gesange, Lyric Symphony / Chailly


Release Date: 03/10/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473734   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Alessandra MarcHåkan HagegårdWillard WhiteIris Vermillion,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraSlovak Philharmonic ChoirVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[This] is one of those recordings where pretty well everything seems to have gone right. With the Concertgebouw one has no fear that the sheer beauty of Zemlinsky's orchestral textures will be understated, but the urgency and strength beneath the surfaces are evident too, and it's quite an achievement for such an orchestra of Mahler specialists to get Zemlinsky's sound, so like Mahler and yet so very unlike, unerringly right. The soloists are simply superb: Marc is voluptuously caressing... Hagegard has nobility and strength as well as tenderness... Throughout the orchestral playing is immaculately balanced as well as sheerly beautiful; I don't know that I've ever heard a better performance of the symphony... A distinguished issue, most Read more warmly recommended.

-- Gramophone [12/1994]
reviewing the original release of the Lyric Symphony and Sinfonische Gesänge, Decca 443569

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Zemlinsky’s Florentine Tragedy is a disturbing, shocking piece, but to make its fullest impact it also needs to sound ravishingly beautiful... [It] urgently needs, in short, an orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw’s stature, and in this reading they sound quite magnificent... Chailly is the real star of the performance, pacing the opera so well that it seems over in no time, drawing richly complex but never muddy textures from his remarkable orchestra.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [12/1997]
reviewing the original release of Eine florentinische Tragödie, Decca 455112
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lyric Symphony, Op. 18 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Alessandra Marc (Soprano), Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Austria 
2.
Sinfonische Gesänge, Op. 20 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Willard White (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Psalm 83 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Eine florentinische Tragödie, Op. 16 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Heinz Kruse (Tenor), Albert Dohmen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Prague, Czech Republ 
5.
Psalm 13, Op. 24 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Psalm 23, Op. 14 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Vienna, Austria 

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