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Zemlinsky: Symphonies [Martyn Brabbins, BBC National Orchestra of Wales] [Hyperion: CDA67985]

BBC National Orchestra of Wales , Alexander Zemlinsky , Martyn Brabbins Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky
  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00GMH2VVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony in D minor | Allegro ma non troppo [10'08]
2. Symphony in D minor | Allegro scherzando [5'54]
3. Symphony in D minor | Sehr innig und breit [9'05]
4. Symphony in D minor | Moderato [7'22]
5. Symphony in B flat major | Sostenuto Allegro (Schnell, mit Feuer und Kraft) [16'26]
6. Symphony in B flat major | Nicht zu schnell (Scherzando) [9'21]
7. Symphony in B flat major | Adagio [9'07]
8. Symphony in B flat major | Moderato [10'45]

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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Martyn Brabbins perform 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.

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Martyn Brabbins, direction

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I've had a good deal of affection for these two early symphonies by Zemlinsky since I first discovered James Conlon's pioneering recording of them for EMI back in the late 1990s*: in the context of the composer Zemlinsky was to become they are undoubtedly atypical works and, as products of his conservatoire training, it is also true to say that they are "apprentice" pieces - yet that label belies the substance and quality of the music that we have here. Several times when listening to these two works I've wondered what sort of a symphony cycle Zemlinsky might have produced had he been born a generation or so earlier - one can hardly talk of promise unfulfilled, of course, when one considers the masterly works he produced in his maturity but it is tempting to think that he might well have flowered into another major Viennese symphonist in the received tradition had his creative development begun earlier than it did.

As my fellow reviewer has pointed out, there are several palpable influences to be found in both works, revealing the composer's keen awareness of the musical developments of his time, but the most significant is that of Brahms; indeed, Zemlinsky himself described how he and his fellow admirers of the latter at the conservatoire became wittily known as "Brahmins" for their devotion to the elder composer's music and compositional methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much pleasure 14 Feb 2014
I've been listening to Zemlinsky for about two years now. Anyone in the market for a 'new' 'great' composer need not hesitate. I've only just bought this disk, but it's already clear that it affords abundant pleasure. Part of the fun, no doubt, is 'spotting the influences', of which there are many, but there's distinctiveness too and bags of Viennese charm. The symphonies here seem very well played and 'shaped', and the acoustic is warmer than Hyperion sometimes produces. The notes are very informative. Highly recommended.
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