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Alexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942)
Lieder: CD 1: Lieder Op. 2, Books 1 and 2 (1895); Gesänge, Op. 5, Books 1 and 2 (1897); Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6 (1899); Irmelin Rose Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 7 (1897); Turmwächterlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 8 (1898-99). CD 2: Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10 (1899-1901); Schlummerlied (1905); Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13 (1910-13); Sechs Lieder, Op. 22 (1930s); Ahnung Beatricens (1930s); Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27 (1930s)
Barbara Bonney (soprano); Anne Sophie von Otter (mezzo); Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor); Andreas Schmidt (baritone); Cord Garben (piano)
rec. May 1988, Studio 3, Bavarian Radio Studios, Munich. DDD
first issued 1989 on DG 427 348-2
full tracklisting at end of review
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9009 [72:56 + 67:18]

 

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Zemlinsky’s star continues to find new zeniths at least in recorded form if not in the concert hall. The classical recording world now willingly accommodates an enormous span of music from hyper-romantic, to impressionism, to classical, to speculative pre-history, to 1970s Round House avant-garde, troubadour and courtly medieval, plainchant and cross-over. The range continues to widen and Zemlinsky and Schrecker have been amongst the beneficiaries.
 
Zemlinsky bestrides the worlds of his student Schoenberg, of Mahler, of Korngold and of Richard Strauss. His operas have been extensively recorded by Capriccio - time for a boxed set surely. James Conlon has recorded several of the operas but also tackled much else from Zemlinsky’s orchestral catalogue during his time with EMI Classics and the Gürzenich orchestra. Again a complete Zemlinsky box from that source is long overdue. His Tagore-based Lyric Symphony – seen as a parallel to Mahler’s Das Lied - of similar schema - has been recorded more than several times. Brilliant have reissued Maazel’s sumptuous DG recording with Fischer-Dieskau and Varady. There are good versions also on Chandos and Decca.
 
This generous collection of 67 lieder is another connoisseur choice even if you do have to put up with the omission of the words and transations. The songs are however sung with with exemplary skill and insight by the finest line-up of singers all strong on vocal technique and appreciation of the words. Illustrations are not hard to find but you could do worse than start with CD 2 and the Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge where the singers alternate – none inferior to the others. These are followed by the expressionist Schlummerlied to words by Richard Beer-Hofmann. The following Sechs Gesange are taken by von Otter. These carry a dank tendrilled misty-dissonant beauty. Auf Braunen Sammetschuhen (CD 2 tr. 14) floats between waking and sleep – a powerful song. The sprinkling of lieder from op. 2 suggest the young composer was impressed with Brahms but there are more than a few hints of his tendency towards dreamy moods unconsciously paralleling the words of Chausson and Duparc. The op. 7 set begins to reflect the easrliest stirrings of his later expressionist style which is more fully embraced in Turmwächterlied Und Andere Gesänge. The seven minute Turmwächterlied itself has a deeply-rooted romantic plangency that is bound to impress. The Opp. 22 and 27 songs often taken us into the same tonally ambivalent territory as Warlock’s The Curlew. Then again interspersed among these songs are such instantly winning gems as Jetzt ist die Zeit which recalls Howells and Finzi. At the other pole we have songs in Op. 27 such as Harlem Tanzerin which suggest the salty world of Kurt Weill and Weimar. Wandrers Nachtlied – the last song in Op, 27 - is more characteristic in its hazy-precise, hooded-eyed moonlit ecstasy. This is a subtle mood superbly articulated by Blochwitz. Cord Garben is a consistently illuminating accompanist.
 
Brilliant Classics cvontinue to surprise us with their licensing deals. I do hope that they will sign up the Barber and Korngold songs sets by DG.
 
The extended and very accessible notes are by Zemlinsky expert Erik Levi.
 
Irresistible for aficonados of Zemlinsky and his generation as well as for Lieder specialists.
 

Rob Barnett
 
An irresistible package ... see Full Review
 

Full Tracklisting
Zemlinsky: Lieder - CD 1
1. From Lieder Op. 2, Book 1: 1. Heilige Nacht (Afanasy Fet) 02:39
2. From Lieder Op. 2, Book 1: 2. Der Himmel Hat Keine Sterne (Paul Heyse) 01:23
3. From Lieder Op. 2, Book 1: 3. Geflüster Der Nacht (Theodor Storm) 01:19
4. From Lieder Op. 2, Book 1: 6. Um Mitternacht (Julius Rodenberg) 03:38
5. From Lieder Op. 2, Book 1: 7. Vor Der Stadt (Joseph von Eichendorff) 01:38
6. From Lieder, Op. 2, Book 2: 1. Frühlingstag (Carl Siebel) 01:14
7. From Lieder, Op. 2, Book 2: 2. Altdeutsches Minnelied (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) 01:44
8. From Lieder, Op. 2, Book 2: 3. Der Traum (Victor von Blüthgen) 01:35
9. From Lieder, Op. 2, Book 2: 4. Im Lenz (Paul Heyse) 01:06
10. From Lieder, Op. 2, Book 2: 5. Das Verlassene Mädchen (Otto von Leixner) 02:02
11. From Lieder, Op. 2, Book 2: 6. Empfängenis (Paul Wertheimer) 02:42
12. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 1: 1. Schlaf Nur Ein! (Paul Heyse) 02:23
13. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 1: 2. Hütet Euch! (Paul Heyse) 01:09
14. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 1: 3. O Blätter, Dürre Blätter (Ludwig Pfau) 02:47
15. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 1: 4. O Sterne, Goldene Sterne (Ludwig Pfau) 01:15
16. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 2: 1. Unter Blühenden Bäumen (Otto Franz Gensichen) 02:13
17. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 2: 2. Tiefe Sehnsucht (Detlev von Liliencron) 00:45
18. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 2: 3. Nach Dem Gewitter (Franz Evers) 01:55
19. Gesänge, Op. 5, Book 2: 4. Im Korn (Franz Evers) 01:15
20. Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6: 1. Liebe Schwalbe 01:35
21. Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6: 2. Klagen Ist Der Mond Gekomen 01:26
22. Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6: 3. Fensterlein, Nachts Bist Du Zu 01:00
23. Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6: 4. Ich Geh' Des Nachts 00:52
24. Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6: 5. Blaues Sternlein 01:46
25. Walzer-Gesänge Nach Toskanische Volksliedern Von Ferdinand Gregorovius, Op. 6: 6. Briefchen Schrieb Ich 00:59
26. Irmelin Rose Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 7: 1. Da waren Zwei Kinder (Christian Morgenstern) 01:29
27. Irmelin Rose Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 7: 2. Entbietung (Richard Dehmel) 02:28
28. Irmelin Rose Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 7: 3. Meeraugen (Richard Dehmel) 02:48
29. Irmelin Rose Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 7: 4. Irmelin Rose (Jens Peter Jacobsen) 03:08
30. Irmelin Rose Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 7: 5. Sonntag (Paul Wertheimer?) 01:06
31. Turmwächterlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 8: 1. Turmwächterlied (Jens Peter Jacobsen) 07:23
32. Turmwächterlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 8: 2. Und Hat Der Tag All Seine Qual (Jens Peter Jacobsen) 04:22
33. Turmwächterlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 8: 3. Mit Trommeln Und Pfeifen (Detlev von Liliencron) 02:32
34. Turmwächterlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 8: 4. Tod In Ährenh (Detlev von Liliencron) 04:11
 
Zemlinsky: Lieder - CD 2
1. Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10: 1. Ehetanzlied (Otto Julius Bierbaum) 02:25
2. Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10: 2. Selige Stunde (Paul Wertheimer?) 02:13
3. Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10: 3. Vöglein Schwermut (Christian Morgenstern) 02:26
4. Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10: 4. Meine Braut Führ Ich Heim (J. Jacobson?) 01:18
5. Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10: 5. Klopfet, So Wird Euch Aufgetan 01:54
6. Ehetanzlied Und Andere Gesänge, Op. 10: 6. Kirchweih (Carl Busse) 03:19
7. Schlummerlied (Richard Beer-Hofmann) 01:52
8. Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13: 1. Die Drei Schwestern 03:11
9. Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13: 2. Die Mädchen Mit Den Verbundenen Augen 02:16
10. Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13: 3. Lied Der Jungfrau 01:46
11. Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13: 4. Als Ihr Geliebter Schied 01:58
12. Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13: 5. Und Kehrt Er Einst Heim 02:52
13. Sechs Gesänge Nach Gedichten Von Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13: 6. Sie Kam Zum Schloss Gegangen 04:02
14. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: 1. Auf Braunen Sammetschuhen (Christian Morgenstern) 01:45
15. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: 2. Abendkelch Voll Sonnenlicht (Christian Morgenstern) 02:09
16. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: 3. Feiger Gedanken Bängliches Schwanken (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe) 00:33
17. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: 4. Elfenlied (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) 01:08
18. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: 5. Volkslied (Christian Morgenstern) 02:13
19. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: [6.] Auf Dem Meere Meiner Seele (Christian Morgenstern) 01:03
20. Sechs Lieder, Op. 22: 6. Das Bucklichte Männlein (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) 02:54
21. Ahnung Beatricens (Franz Werfel) 03:42
22. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 1. Entführung (Stefan George) 02:27
23. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 2. Sommer (Kalidasa) 01:10
24. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 3. Frühling (Kalidasa) 00:49
25. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 4. Jetzt Ist Die Zeit (Kalidasa) 00:58
26. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 5. Die Verschmähte (Amaru) 02:00
27. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 6. Der Wind Des Herbstes (Kalidasa) 01:04
28. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 7. Misery (Langston Hughes) 02:17
29. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 8. Harlem Tänzerin (Claude McKay) 01:51
30. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 9. Afrikanischer Tanz (Langston Hughes) 00:51
31. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 10. Gib Ein Lied Mir Wieder (Sefan George) 02:16
32. Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 11. Regenzeit (Kalidasa) 00:39
Zwölf Lieder, Op. 27: 12. Wandrers Nachtlied (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

 


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