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Zemlinsky: Symphony in D minor; Die Seejungfrau [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD, SACD


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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0000VM3YU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Sehr MaBig Bewegt
2. II Sehr Bewegt, Rauschend
3. III Sehr Gedehnt, Mit Schmerzvollem Ausdruck
4. I Allegro Ma Non Troppo
5. II Scherzo. Allegro Scherzando - Trio. Viel Ruhiger
6. III Sehr Innig Und Breit - Sehr Bewegt - Tempo I
7. IV Finale. Moderato

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on 13 May 2004
For anyone who's already a fan of Zemlinsky (or of Richard Strauss) and is happy with the Chandos house-style, don't hesitate, buy this immediately. The sound (a 24 bit/96kHz pcm recording) is rich, nicely reverberant, and very warm. It's also quite spectacularly vivid and copes with all that Zemlinsky's orchestration throws at it. The Fantasy (Die Seejungfrau) is a bit of a concerto for orchestra and here the sound is a little too close and spotlit to be natural, - at least for my taste but it's still a coherent sound picture overall, delivering plenty of the "wow factor".
The early symphony in D minor is very much the work of a student: heavily derivative and sounding like Brahms (mainly), Dvorak (a lot), Tchaikovsky (occasionally) and Bruckner (once or twice). The problem is that there are too many influences: just as, for example, a Bruckner-type peroration starts to really get going, Zem. goes back to the safety of Brahms. However, unlike Nielsen's first symphony (another Brahmsian homage) this one doesn't generate any special themes or sense of development. It's fast and loud and impressive, and I guess that's not bad for a 22 year old late romantic.
The fantasy is another kettle of fish (aficionados of this work will forgive the pun, I hope) - a much more Zemlinskian and Straussian work with an opulent, orgasmic score full of incident and passion. As noted above, the recording is a little too spotlit (of solo instruments, especially the harp and the solo violin) to be entirely natural, but it is impressive. A sample of the opening of the second movement will convince anyone of the disc's demo-quality.
However, while the music is more mature, less derivative, it also sounds more like the kind of late romantic blockbuster which a jaded music world was soon to turn away from.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 14 Feb. 2014
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I docked one star because for all the invention and skill in the handling of the themes in the first symphony, I get the feeling there is a lack of progression, more a series of circus tricks but no real finishing point that sounds like an ultimate objective or summation of the work. Die Seejungfrau is the real highlight, some wonderful moments as the Hans Anderson story of The Mermaid is reflected in musical terms.

The recorded multichannel sound is very good and clear.
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Seejungfrau as it should be - a tone poem 23 Feb. 2015
By Sean William Menzies - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is a fantastic Seejungfrau. The tempos are swifter than most, which is one of the reasons I ignored this recording for so long. But once I listened to it, such soaring swiftness made perfect sense - Zemlinsky is so much like R Strauss that injecting too much sentimentality into the pacing can make it sound saccharin or maudlin, or both. Here, though, Beaumont brings out the full orchestral narrative color of this gorgeous tone poem and makes it sounds symphonic. All other recordings have fallen by the wayside in lieu of this dazzling rendition.

Zemlinsky's Symphony No 1 is also included and is a complete surprise; more Brahms than Brahms, but that is not a bad thing, for it is an important illustration of the Zem's artistic development. A much better coupling than the usual pairing of Mermaid with the Sinfonietta. This disc is a keeper.
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