ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942): Chamber Symphony (based on String Quartet No. 2 arr. Richard Dünser [b.1959]), 7 Lieder von Nacht und Traum (orch. Dünser).
Catalogue Number: 01R005
Reference: ODE 1272-2
Description: Austrian composer Dünser provides his second and third chamber orchesttral arrangements of Zemlinsky, the big five-movement quartet of 1913-15 crying out for orchestration since it was already at or beyond the bounds of what one could express with the quartet form. Since Zemlinsky refers in it to Schoenberg’s recent Chamber Symphony, Dünser chooses the same instrumentation and the result, the original work itself being torn between effusive late Romantic yearing and a more expressionistic density of gesture, is a full-throated and colorful piece which chamber orchestras ought to embrace for performance. The Lieder are early songs composed between 1896 and 1901 and are clothed in an opulent, Mahlerian/Brahmsian garment that transfigures the piano originals. German-English texts. Jenny Carlstedt (mezzo), Lapland Chamber Orchestra; John Storgårds.