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Zimmermann: Late Symphonic Works / Kontarsky, Southwest German Radio Symphony


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Cybele Records   Catalog #: 8  
Composer:  Bernd Alois Zimmerman
Performer:  Jan-filip Tupa
Conductor:  Bernhard Kontarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In many ways, performing Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s symphonic works is an extremely lavish undertaking. He employs infrequently-used instruments, such as the glass harmonica (released for the first time on this recording) and the Hungarian dulcimer, the cimbalom, in the Concerto pour violoncello et orchestra en forme de ‘pas de trois,’ for which not many performers are available. In his largest-scale endeavours, he aimed to process the most complex connections among contemporary events and his own worldview in such an intensive and comprehensive manner that each of these creations would be the only and possibly also the last. One must not forget that Zimmermann, a sensitive, profound man, had to cope with horrific and traumatic experiences Read more during the war. This release includes not only recordings of these late symphonic works, but also Elke Heidenreich reading “Steady on the musical tightriope above the existential abyss (2013),” and B. A. Zimmermann, Mirjam Wiesemann, and York Holler speaking on these works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello en forme de pas de trois by Bernd Alois Zimmerman
Performer:  Jan-filip Tupa (Cello)
Conductor:  Bernhard Kontarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; Germany 
2.
Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu by Bernd Alois Zimmerman
Conductor:  Bernhard Kontarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1967; Germany 
3.
Orchestral Sketch "Stille und Umkehr" by Bernd Alois Zimmerman
Conductor:  Bernhard Kontarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Germany 

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