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Worthy of Brahms

Chamber music by
Marteau and Zemlinsky -
enjoyed by
GEOFF PEARCE

'... never boring, but full blooded and passionate. All the players have complex passages and are equal partners.'

Phoenix Ensemble - chamber works of Henri Marteau and Alexander Zemlinsky. © 2017 Navona Records LLC

This interesting Navona Records CD features two works by Henri Marteau (1874-1934) and one by the better-known Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942). I was unfamiliar with Marteau's compositions but have listened to quite a bit of Zemlinsky and reviewed some of his music earlier this year.

Marteau's 1922 Serenade opens the disc, and you can tell from the outset that it is in the tradition of Dvořák and other nineteenth century composers where wind serenades abounded, but also influenced by composers such as Les Six. The opening is sprightly, sunny and beautifully played, with crisp articulation and a great dynamic range...

Copyright © 30 August 2017 Geoff Pearce,
Sydney, Australia

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PHOENIX ENSEMBLE: MARTEAU AND ZEMLINSKY CHAMBER WORKS

ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY

NAVONA RECORDS

CHAMBER MUSIC

CLARINET MUSIC

STRING MUSIC

WIND MUSIC

PIANO MUSIC

NEW YORK

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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