'The performances are warm and sympathetic, making a good case for this composer's wider recognition.'
The orchestral songs of Zemlinsky -
with PATRIC STANDFORD
Like Mahler, who did not emerge from the Viennese shadows until the late
50s, Zemlinsky has remained too long in the shade, eclipsed by the far more
flamboyant Richard Strauss and then later by that trio of composers, more
analysed than loved, whose appeal to the academic mind has lent a harsh
image to the Second Viennese School, its influential flotsam -- and our musical
academe. The sad consolation of any era is that the neglected are often
far more worthy to be celebrated than some of those whom history and idle
research places upon the very pedestals that cast these long dark shadows.
But Zemlinsky rises up, and European recordings are steadily making us aware
of his rich output which includes ten operas, four symphonies (among which
the Lyric Symphony of 1923 shines out), and four string quartets.
His songs also, like those of Mahler, Wolf and Strauss, visit regions of
extreme and poignant beauty, and yet, closer to Schoenberg, explore gently
the progressive atmosphere of their time.
Copyright © 26 December 2000
Patric Standford, West Yorkshire, UK
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