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Alexander Zemlinsky: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Martyn Brabbins

Album Summary

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Symphony no 1 in D minor
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Symphony no 2 in B flat major
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this recording, Martyn Brabbins leads the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in two works from the crucible of the Viennese fin de siècle. Zemlinsky wrote his two completed symphonies while studying at the conservatory. He wrote under the watchful eye of its conservative masters, and was greatly influenced by Brahms; but like many of his classmates and contemporaries, Zemlinsky peppered the otherwise bland conservatory diet with visits to performances of new works by Verdi, Wagner and Richard Strauss. Caught between these two factions, these symphonies show him wrestling, often thrillingly, with the pedagogical parameters imposed upon him.

The Observer, 2nd February 2014
These two early symphonies, played with the right degree of late-Romantic lushness and fluency by the BBC NOW under Martyn Brabbins, places him firmly in that fascinating stylistic crevice between Brahms and Mahler...the music has a variety and melodic warmth which is well worth exploring.

MusicWeb International, 20th February 2014
It is not Brabbins' way to rush these works...Brabbins and Hyperion allow us to hear Zemlinsky as the expansive romantic mid-European young man of the 1890s. The audio quality is very attractive - indeed superior - and the notes by Gavin Plumley cover all the right bases.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
Everywhere one sense a voice leaping to establish its own identity...Those readers wedded to the great Austro-German Romantics are likely to find this coupling irresistable.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
Brabbins has a strong empathy for Zemlinsky's musical language, demonstrating a masterly control of pacing in each movement...the present release can be confidently recommended for the refined and subtle playing of the BBC NOW and a recording that achieves an ideal balance between textural clarity and Romantic warmth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (02/10/2013-02/12/2013).



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Works Details

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Symphony no 1 in D minor
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (02/10/2013-02/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Symphony no 2 in B flat major
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (02/10/2013-02/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897