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Supported by Brahms and Mahler in his early career but silenced as “degenerate” by the Nazis, Alexander Zemlinsky’s reputation has undergone a rebirth in recent years. Written just after the Lyric Symphony, the beauty and ironic playfulness of the Third Quartet comes from the cool, austere language of Weimar’s ‘New Objectivity’. The Fourth Quartet was amongst the last of Zemlinsky’s significant works, composed as a moving tribute after the death of his friend Alban Berg. Performed by the internationally acclaimed Escher String Quartet, this is the first of two albums of the complete Zemlinsky quartets.
Alexander Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 19
I. Allegretto: Gemachlich, innig bewegt
II. Thema mit Variationen. Geheimnisvoll bewegt, nich zu schnell - Variationen I-VII
III. Romanze: Sehr massige Achtel, Andante sostenuto
IV. Burleske: Sehr lebhaft, Allegro moderato
Alexander Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 25, "Suite"
I. Praludium: Poco adagio
II. Burleske: Vivace
III. Adagietto: Adagio
IV. Intermezzo: Allegretto
V. Barcarole (Thema mit Variationen): Poco adagio
VI. Finale: Doppelfuge: Allegro molto energico
Alexander Zemlinsky: 2 Satze (1927)
No. 1. Introduction: Andante con moto - Vivace
No. 2. Adagio, misterioso - Tempo di minuett
22nd August 2013
“it is good to see [the Zemlinsky quartets] taken up by such an accomplished young group as the Escher Quartet, who come up with performances of exemplary clarity and intelligence.”
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