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Alexander von Zemlinsky’s best known work, the seductive Lyric Symphony, inspired Alban Berg, who quoted its third movement in his own Lyric Suite, three movements of which Berg himself arranged for string orchestra.
Described by Theodor Adorno as “a latent opera”, Berg’s masterpiece was publicly dedicated to Zemlinsky but carried a secret programme: his illicit love for Hanna Fuchs-Robettin.
Zemlinsky’s richly scored symphony, a late-Romantic song cycle by any other name, recalls both Mahler’s Song of the Earth (8550933) and Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder (8557518-19).
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Lyrische Symphonie (Lyric Symphony), Op. 18
I. Ich bin friedlos
II. Mutter, der junge Prinz
III. Du bist die Abendwolke
IV. Sprich zu mir, Geliebter
V. Befrei' mich von den Banden
VI. Vollende denn das letzte Lied
VII. Friede, mein Herz
Alban Berg: 3 Satze aus der Lyrischen Suite (3 Pieces from the Lyric Suite) (arr. for string orchestra)
I. Andante amoroso
II. Allegro misterioso
III. Adagio appassionato
17th July 2009
“Graf conducts the Zemlinsky with deep, tangible sensuality, while the playing combines clarity with textures of breathtaking beauty…”
“…this performance of the Lyric Symphony is strong on the turbulent intensity that launches it, and is never completely stilled, even in the outwardly serene finale. Roman Trekel… has the presence and range to belong in the company of the starriest baritones, from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to Bryn Terfel, who have recorded the work.”