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Zemlinsky: A Ray of Light - Complete Piano Music / Emanuele Torquati, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 1, mit Wärme $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 2, Flüchtig $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 3, Träumerisch $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 4, Sehr schnell und leicht $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 5, Hinträumend $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 6, Energisch $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 7, Sehr zart $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 8, Heiter $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 9, Ländler-Tempo $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 10, Gut betont $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Zemlinsky — Ländliche Tänze, Op. 1: No. 11, Sehr sanft, No. 12, Sehr lebhaft $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Zemlinsky — Ballade No. 1: Archibald Douglas $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Zemlinsky — Ballade No. 2: Der König von Thule $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Zemlinsky — Ballade No. 3: Der Wassermann $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Zemlinsky — Ballade No. 4: Intermezzo $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Zemlinsky — Albumblatt (Erinnerungen aus Wien) $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Zemlinsky — Skizze $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Zemlinsky — Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, Op. 9: No. 1, Stimme des Abends $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Zemlinsky — Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, Op. 9: No. 2, Waldseligkeit $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Zemlinsky — Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, Op. 9: No. 3, Liebe $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Zemlinsky — Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, Op. 9: No. 4, Käferlied $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Zemlinsky — Menuett aus "Das gläserne Herz" $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Zemlinsky — Ein Lichtstrahl

Album Summary

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Ländliche Tänze (Rustic Dance), for piano, Op. 1
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Ballades (4), for piano
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Albumblatt, for piano
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Skizze, for piano
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Fantasies on Poems of Richard Dehmel, for piano, Op. 9
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Minuet, for piano
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Ein Lichtstrahl, mime drama with piano
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Notes & Reviews:

A friend of Brahms and teacher of Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky was a composer who straddled the divide of the 20th century, signalling the end of the Romantic period and the beginning of a marked upswing in experimentation. For the most part, however, the piano music on this disc is still firmly in the tradition of the great Romantic composers, composed as it was early on in his career. The Ländliche Tänze, or 'Rustic Dances', are a collection of light, pastoral dances, with nods to Schumann and Brahms. More melancholy and mournful are the Balladen ('Ballades') and Erinnerungen aus Wien ('Memory of Vienna'), the latter referencing Wagner in its use of the 'Tristan' chord; these are works filled with the emotion and sensitivity one would expect from the tail end of this dramatic period, hinting at the developments that were to mark the following century. The lack of attention Zemlinsky's oeuvre has received until now is sadly not surprising; a combination of the composer's own attitude to his works - he was more interested in writing than self-promotion - his life coinciding with dramatic historical events and his cultivation of a certain modesty of style (making him averse to dramatic emphasis and sensational effects in his music) meant that for a long time his output remained neglected. Emanuele Torquati is an acclaimed pianist, having performed at various prestigious concert venues across the globe. His recital at Columbia University in the USA garnered critical acclaim, with the New York Times praising him as a "thoughtful" and "insightful" musician, noting his sensitivity and skill at conveying to the listener how he thinks and feels about the music. This release complements his previous recordings for Brilliant, which include Brahms and Schumann: his interpretation of Zemlinsky's works rounds off this period of Romanticism perfectly. Other information: Recorded in 2014 at the Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy. Notes on the composer and the performer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014).



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Works Details

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Ländliche Tänze (Rustic Dance), for piano, Op. 1
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Ballades (4), for piano
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1893

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Albumblatt, for piano
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Skizze, for piano
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Fantasies on Poems of Richard Dehmel, for piano, Op. 9
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Minuet, for piano
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Ein Lichtstrahl, mime drama with piano
  • Performer: Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorium San Rocco, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy (01/17/2014-01/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901