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Zemlinsky: The Mermaid (world premiere of the new critical version); Sinfonieta, Op. 23 / Helsinki PO, Storgards

Album Summary

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid), fantasy for orchestra
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Sinfonietta, for orchestra, Op. 23
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 13th March 2015
Storgsrds's recording uses a new critical edition by Anthony Beaumont that restores the excised passage, and with it a greater sense of dramatic and emotional contrast, though the performance itself is too cool for my taste.

The Helsinki Philharmonic, under its chief conductor John Storga°rds, offers a fascinating program of two major orchestral works by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942) in world premiere recordings. 1902's Die Seejungfrau (Mermaid) is a lush, powerful 3-movement symphonic "fantasy". Before the work's premiere in 1905 Zemlinsky had already made radical cuts to it, later withdrawing the score and never mentioning the work in his catalogue; it was not heard again until 1984. This release is the first recording of a new (2013) critical version based on the original score. Written and premiered in Prague in 1935, The Sinfonietta, op. 34 is a fascinating example of Zemlinsky's late orchestral writing and stylistic evolution. This recording is of a new (2013) version for chamber orchestra by Austrian composer Roland Freisitzer (b. 1973).

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under John Storgsrds, captured in stunning SACD sound, delivers a suave and subtly nuanced performance.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
Storgsrds's measured approach bring the opulent textures of Die Seejungfrau closer to the Expressionist sound world of its companion piece at its premiere in January 1905, Schoenberg's Pelleas and Melisande, than previous recordings with more tonally luxuriant ensembles.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
I wish they'd numbered the forces used here, as the ensemble sounds fairly full; thus on the Vidal Scale. It's a postromantic work, always listenable and thought-provoking. Storgards's interpretation of both works is excellent, equal to the readings of Dausgaard, my favorite for them (Nov/Dec 2006). His view of The Mermaid is particularly broad and grandiose. With Ondine's great SACD sound, you scarcely miss a detail.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre (09/02/2014-09/04/2014).



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>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid), fantasy for orchestra
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (09/02/2014-09/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1903

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Sinfonietta, for orchestra, Op. 23
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (09/02/2014-09/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934