One of the most grown-up review sites around

2019
51,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

TROUBADISC

colourful imaginative harmony
Renate Eggebrecht violin

Brahms Symphony 3
Dvorak Symphony 8
Vivaldi
9 cello sonatas
Dussek
Piano Music

Clara Schumann
piano concerto

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley n/a
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!


Quite splendid


Winning performances


Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc


a huge talent


A wonderful disc


Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!


Roth’s finest Mahler yet


Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance

 


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Alexander ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942)
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) [47:36]
Sinfonietta [21:35]
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds
rec. Helsinki Music Centre, September 2014
ONDINE ODE1237-5 SACD [69:25]

Zemlinsky commenced work on Die Seejungfrau (“The Mermaid”) in 1892. It was originally envisaged as a single-movement symphonic, and very programmatic, work, based, as it was, on the Hans Christian Andersen story. As work on the piece progressed, it became more of large-scale “Fantasy for Orchestra”, as it was billed at its first performance; more of a general mood-picture inspired by the story and less a programmatical re-telling of this in music. This SACD recording by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor John Storgårds brings out most beautifully the lush, rich, luxuriant harmonies of the work, as if both conductor and orchestra are revelling in the sumptuous opulence of the orchestration. Recorded at the Helsinki Music Centre, the sound has a warmth that suits the work extremely well, resulting in a splendidly lavish and generous performance, in which the conductor neither rushes, nor falls into the trap of indulging too much and consequently dragging. This particular recording also has the great benefit of including a four-minute slow and atmospheric passage entitled “In the realm of the Mer-Witch”, suppressed by the composer and so not heard elsewhere.

Die Seejungfrau is twinned on the disc with the Sinfonietta, composed in 1934 after Zemlinksy’s relocation to Vienna (after fleeing Nazi Germany). The Sinfonietta is presented here in a version for chamber orchestra, the arrangement made by Roland Freistizer in 2013, of which this is the world premiere recording. It is a good arrangement but I do always in such circumstances miss the richness of the original version. It is a far leaner work than the plush and exuberant Die Seejungfrau, with a terser sound-world – economical, more angular and harsher in tone, yet there is still a yearning quality and a beauty of sound that links it to his earlier works. The performance here can yet again be highly recommended – full of humour, passion and radiance in the appropriate places. This rendition can therefore be fully recommended, as, most certainly, can the gorgeous, luscious performance of Die Seejungfrau.

Em Marshall-Luck

Previous review: Nick Barnard

 

 



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger