Zemlinsky: Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 6/4/2021
Label: Capriccio
Catalog Number: C7360
Number of Discs: 6
Length: 395 Minutes

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When Zemlinsky died in 1942, there was no telling if or when posthumous recognition of his work would take place. Typical though his reception was for the 20th century pockmarked by two world wars and Nazi rule, it remains remarkable just how differently Zemlinsky, born on October 14th, 1871, has been judged throughout the last 150 years. He had his works premiered at the Vienna Court Opera by Mahler. He commanded the utmost respect of his pupil and brother-in-law Arnold Schoenberg. He was celebrated as the director of Pragues New German Theatre. And yet, still in his lifetime, his work succumbed to political and stylistic changes; he had been persecuted and was forgotten. Weve sort of come full circle: Zemlinsky is once again considered a great composer whose works dont have to shy away from comparison with those of his famous contemporaries and whose music gets performed at least occasionally. With this special Anniversary Edition Capriccio revere the huge spectrum of his outstanding musically compositions.

 

REVIEW:

 

Bertrand de Billy directs this performance of A Florentine Tragedy with a grand sweep. The vibrant, close sound provides great detail and gives the climactic moments considerable impact. The recording proves amazingly successful in keeping the singers audible through some mighty orchestral outbursts; of course that’s to Zemlinsky’s credit as well.

 

– MusicWeb International

 

Zemlinsky's powerful Piano Trio that should have a larger niche in this repertoire. The Pacific Trio's performance is elegant and devoid of histrionics.

 

– Fanfare

 

 

Works on This Recording
1. Lyrische Symphonie (Lyric Symphony), Op. 18 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
Written: 1923 ;
2. Symphony in D Minor by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor: Antony Beaumont
Written: 1893 ;
3. Sinfonietta, Op. 23 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Vienna, Austria
4. 3 Ballet Pieces from Triumph der Zeit by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Written: 1901 ;
5. Frühlingsbegräbnis by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Edith Mathis (Soprano), Roland Hermann (Baritone)
Conductor: Antony Beaumont
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Waldgespräch by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Edith Mathis (Soprano)
Conductor: Antony Beaumont
Period: Romantic
Written: 1895-1896 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Maiblumen blühten überall (arr. A. Beaumont for soprano and string orchestra) by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Edith Mathis (Soprano)
Conductor: Antony Beaumont
Written: 1903 ;
8. Symphonische Gesänge, Op. 20 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Franz Grundheber (Baritone)
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Written: 1929 ;
9. 6 Gesänge, Op. 13 (version for voice and orchestra) by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Petra Lang (Soprano)
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1913 ;
10. Walzer-Gesänge nach toskanischen Volksliedern, Op. 6 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Charles Spencer (Piano), Thomas Michael Allen (Tenor)
Written: 1898 ;
11. Irmelin Rose und andere Gesänge, Op. 7 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Gerold Huber (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Written: 1899 ;
12. Es war ein alter König by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Alexander Schmalcz (Piano), Kay Stiefermann (Baritone)
Written: 1903 ;
13. 7 Songs: No. 7. Waldgespräch by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Alexander Schmalcz (Piano), Kay Stiefermann (Baritone)
Written: 1890 ;
14. 2 Brettl-Lieder by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Charles Spencer (Piano), Thomas Ebenstein (Tenor)
15. Noch spür ich ihren Atem auf den Wangen by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Gerold Huber (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
16. Hörtest du denn nicht hinein by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Gerold Huber (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Written: 1916 ;
17. Die Beiden by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Gerold Huber (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Written: 1916 ;
18. Harmonie des Abends by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Gerold Huber (Piano), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Written: 1916 ;
19. 6 Gesänge, Op. 13 (arr. E. Stein and A. Tarkmann for voice and chamber ensemble) by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Zoryana Kushpler (Mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Linos Ensemble
Written: 1913 ;
20. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 3 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pacific Trio
Written: 1896 ;
21. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Artis Quartet
Written: 1915 ;
22. Es war einmal (Once Upon a Time) by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Eva Johansson (Soprano), Kurt Westi (Tenor), Per-Arne Wahlgren (Baritone)
Conductor: Hans Graf
Written: 1899 ;
23. Der Traumgörge, Op. 11 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Birgit Calm (Soprano), Gabriele Maria Ronge (Soprano), Hartmut Welker (Baritone), Heinz Kruse (Tenor), Josef Protschka (Tenor), Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Peter Haage (Tenor), Victor von Halem (Bass)
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Written: 1906 ;
24. Der Kreidekreis by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Gidon Saks (Bass-baritone), Hans Helm (Baritone), Peter Matić (Vocals), Renate Behle (Soprano)
Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; Berlin, Germany
25. Eine florentinische Tragödie, Op. 16 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: Charles Reid (Tenor), Heidi Brunner (Soprano), Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917 ; Prague, Czech Republ
26. Der König Kandaules, Op. 26 (reconstructed and completed by A. Beaumont) by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer: James O'Neal (Tenor), Monte Pederson (Baritone), Nina Warren (Soprano)
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Written: 1938 ;
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