Hans Graf conducts Zemlinsky & Berg

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Hans Graf conducts Zemlinsky & Berg



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27th April 2009




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Hans Graf conducts Zemlinsky & Berg


Lyric Suite - three movements for string orchestra (1928)


Lyric Symphony Op. 18

Roman Trekel (baritone) & Twyla Robinson (soprano)



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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

The Guardian

17th July 2009


“Graf conducts the Zemlinsky with deep, tangible sensuality, while the playing combines clarity with textures of breathtaking beauty…”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2009

“…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.”

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