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Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) & Sinfonietta, Op. 23

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds

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Die Seejungfrau  
1
I. Sehr massig bewegt
Alexander Zemlinsky; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
15:48
2
II. Sehr bewegt, rauschend
Alexander Zemlinsky; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
17:16
3
III. Sehr gedehnt, mit schmerzvollem Ausdruck
Alexander Zemlinsky; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
14:32
Sinfonietta, Op. 23  
4
I. Sehr lebhaft -
Alexander Zemlinsky; Roland Freisitzer; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
8:39
5
II. Ballade: Sehr gemessen [poco adagio], doch nicht schleppend -
Alexander Zemlinsky; Roland Freisitzer; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
6:31
6
III. Sehr lebhaft
Alexander Zemlinsky; Roland Freisitzer; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds
6:25
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:11
"... this has some special qualities. It is without question gorgeously played and opulently engineered, which is saying a lot ... this performance, conducted by Storgards with 100% conviction and confidence, is worth having."
- ClassicsToday.com

Finnish musician and conductor John Storgårds leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on world premiere recordings of two major orchestral works by Alexander Zemlinsky. Die Seejungfrau ("Mermaid"), a powerful three-movement symphonic fantasy, is presented here in the critical version by Antony Beaumont, featuring some five minutes of music excluded from later versions. The Sinfonietta is a fascinating example of Zemlinsky's late orchestral writing and stylistic evolution. The work as heard on this album is a new version for chamber orchestra by Austrian composer Roland Freisitzer.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Ondine Studio Masters

Recording: Helsinki Music Centre, 2–4 September, 2014
Executive Producer: Reijo Kiilunen
Recording Producer: Seppo Siirala
Digital Editing: Seppo Siirala
Sound Design and Balance Engineer: Enno Mäemets, Editroom Oy, Helsinki
Final Mix and Mastering: Enno Mäemets
Cover painting: Franz Hein (1863–1927): Die Nixe im Goldfischteich (1904)
Photo of John Storgårds: Marco Borggreve
Booklet Editor: Joel Valkila
Design: Armand Alcazar

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