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ZEMLINSKY, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Rajter, Seipensbusch)

Composer(s):Zemlinsky, Alexander
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557008
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This apt Naxos coupling of the two Symphonies that Zemlinsky wrote in the 1890s is drawn from two earlier Marco Polo discs, differently coupled. The Symphony 1 of 1892 moved from an amiably lyrical Allegro and a nicely pointed Scherzo to a measured, deeply expressive finale, anticipating the similarly lyrical last movements of Mahler in some of his Symphonies. The performance is not helped by the slightly distanced recording. The much Symphony 2 of 1897 makes a far sharper impact, both through the performance and the fuller, brighter recording. A slow introduction, brassily Wagnerian, lead to an urgently Scherzo and lyrical slow movement, again Wagnerian, based on a theme like an Austrian folk-tune, lead to a variation finale in strongly

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