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Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy; Six Maeterlinck Songs / Petra Lang, Heike Wessels, Sergey Shorokhodov, Albert Dohmen. Vladimir Jurowski

Album Summary

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Eine Florentinische Tragodie, opera, Op. 16
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Songs (6), for mezzo-soprano or baritone & piano (or orchestra), Op. 13
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Based on an unfinished Oscar Wilde play, Alexander Zemlinsky's one-act opera A Florentine Tragedy tells of jealousy, betrayal and ultimately murder. Mezzo-soprano Petra Lang, one of the most sought-after performers in the Austro-German song repertoire, is the soloist in the eerie, darkly foreboding, dreamlike and rarely performed Six Maeterlinck Songs. '... faultless orchestral playing, superb singing. A very fine achievement.' - Review of the Florentine Tragedy in The Guardian)

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This recording was made at a performance at London's Royal Festival Hall. The recorded sound is just as opulent as the music, catching many a detail in a wide, spreading beauty. The opera's three singers are also lovely of voice, with Dohmen sounding a bit like a young George London. It's a grand affair. Petra Lang's gorgeously opulent singing of the Maeterlinck songs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London.


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>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Eine Florentinische Tragödie, opera, Op. 16
  • Performers: Sergei Skorokhodov (Voice); Albert Dohmen (Bass Baritone); Heike Wessels
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1915-16.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1915-1916

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Songs (6), for mezzo-soprano or baritone & piano (or orchestra), Op. 13
  • Performer: Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Running Time: 18 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913