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Zimmermann: Violin Concerto, Photoptosis, Die Soldaten Vocal Symphony

Leila Josefowicz, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu, Anu Komsi, Peter Tantsits, Juha Uusitalo, Jeni Packalen, Hilary Summers, Ville Rusanen

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Violin Concerto  
1
I. Sonata. Allegro moderato, rubato
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Leila Josefowicz; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
4:14
2
II. Fantasia
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Leila Josefowicz; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
8:55
3
III. Rondo. Allegro con brio
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Leila Josefowicz; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
4:21
4
Photoptosis
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
14:04
Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act I  
5
I. Prelude
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
5:39
6
II. Introduction
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
0:38
7
III. Ricercari I. Meine göttliche Mademoiselle...
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Anu Komsi; Peter Tantsits; Juha Uusitalo; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
8:34
8
IVa. Nocturno I. Ach, Herr Jesus!
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Anu Komsi; Juha Uusitalo; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
4:47
9
IVb. Nocturno I. Das herz ist mir so schwer
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Anu Komsi; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
4:55
Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act II  
10
V. Intermezzo
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
4:56
11
VIa. Capriccio, corale e ciaccona II. Kindlein mein
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Anu Komsi; Peter Tantsits; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
5:36
12
VIb. Capriccio, corale e ciaccona II. Was fehlt Ihnen, mein goldnes Mariel...
Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Jeni Packalen; Hilary Summers; Ville Rusanen; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu
6:44
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:23
This new release by the award-winning Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu is dedicated to the music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970), a leading figure in the music of post-Second World War Germany. This album includes a rendering of the composer’s magnificent violin concerto featuring star violinist Leila Josefowicz, orchestral score Photoptosis, as well as the first album recording of Die Soldaten Vocal Symphony based on an opera that is widely considered as one of the greatest German operas of the 20th century. Zimmermann wrote his Die Soldaten opera, one of his keyworks, during the 1950s and 60s.

The premiere of the opera was cancelled, and upon hearing the claim that the opera would be ‘impossible’ to perform, the composer adapted parts of the opera into a 40-minute vocal symphony suitable for concert performance. This work, filled with power and drama, is much more than a description of the apocalypse of modern war, and deserves its rightful place alongside the operas of Alban Berg. Zimmerman’s Violin Concerto is a relatively early work in the composer’s oeuvre. It was premiered in 1950 but has suffered much neglect. The influence of Schoenberg, Hindemith, Bartók, Stravinsky and Prokofiev are visible in this work which we might consider to manifest echoes of war. Photoptosis (1968), ‘Incidence of Light’, is among Zimmermann’s final orchestral pieces. Inspired by a painting created by Yves Klein for the Gelsenkirchen music theatre, this work includes quotations by Scriabin, Beethoven, Bach, and Wagner, among others. Yet, this “Prélude”, as described by the composer, is not a collage, but a study in orchestral sonority and light.

Recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have gathered excellent reviews in the international press. Two of their recordings were nominated for Gramophone Awards in 2018.
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