Alexander von Zemlinsky

Austrian born composer. His father, born in Vienna of Slovakian Catholic descent, converted to Judaism in 1870; his mother, born in Sarajevo, was the daughter of a mixed Sephardi-Muslim marriage. Born in Vienna and studied music at the Vienna Conservatory. At the turn of the century, he secured a conducting post at the Carltheater in Vienna. He was also a very successful conductor of the Vienna Volksoper, the Vienna Opera, the Berlin Kroll Opera and the Prague German Opera. He was admired and encouraged by Brahms, particularly with his chamber works and also to some extent by Mahler. Zemlinsky taught composition at the Prague College of Music. His style reflects late romanticism, this is evident in his several symphonies. Amongst Zemlinsky's students, was Alma Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg, who later married Zemlinsky's sister. His works include operas, chamber music, songs, choruses, symphonies and piano pieces. The composition "Ein Tanzpoem", a work for orchestra, is typical of his late romantic style.

Zemlinsky emigrated to the United States in 1938 and died in Larchmont New York in March of 1942.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1896 String Quartet No 1 Opus 4 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
LaSalle Quartet
1900 Psalm 83 3.50 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Slovak Philharmonic Choir
1896-1903 Fruehlingsbegraebnis, for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra 3.50 stars 3 CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Deborah Voigt - Soprano
Donnie Ray Albert -Tenor
David Kuebler - Tenor
Chor der Staetischen Musikvereins Duesseldorf
Guerenich-Orchester Koeln cond, James Conlon
1902 Ballettstuecke
3.50 stars 3 CD
Comments:
Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Gerd Albrecht
1902-1903 Die Seejungfrau 4.00 stars 3 CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Guerenich-Orchester Koeln cond, James Conlon
1902-1903 Die Seejungfrau 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin cond. Ricardo Chailly
1901 - 1904 Ein Tanzpoem (Das Glaeserne Herz), ballet (Act II from incomplete ballet "The Triumph of Time") 4.00 stars 3 CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Deborah Voigt - Soprano
Donnie Ray Albert -Tenor
David Kuebler - Tenor
Chor der Staetischen Musikvereins Duesseldorf
Guerenich-Orchester Koeln cond, James Conlon
1910 Psalm 23 3.50 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin cond. Ricardo Chailly
1913-1915 Cymbaline Suite 3.50 stars 3 CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Deborah Voigt - Soprano
Donnie Ray Albert -Tenor
David Kuebler - Tenor
Chor der Staetischen Musikvereins Duesseldorf
Guerenich-Orchester Koeln cond, James Conlon
1913-1915 String Quartet No 2 Opus 15 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
LaSalle Quartet
1915-1916 Eine Florentinische Tragoedie 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Albert Dohmen, Heinz Kruse, Iris Vermillion
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Riccardo Chailly
1922-1923 Lyrische Symphonie on poems of Tagore 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Alessandra Marc, - Soprano
Hakan Hagegard - Baritone
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Riccardo Chailly
1922-1923 Lyrische Symphonie on poems of Tagore 4.00 stars CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Julia Varady, - Soprano
DF Dieskau - Baritone
Berliner Philharmoniker cond. Lorin Maazel
1922-1923 Lyrische Symphonie on poems of Tagore 4.00 stars 3 CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Solie Isokoski - Soprano
Bo Skovhus - Baritone
Guerenich-Orchester Koeln cond, James Conlon
1924 String Quartet No 3 Opus 19 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
LaSalle Quartet
1929 Symphonische Gesange for voice and orchestra on Black American lyrics 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Willard White - Bass Baritone
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Riccardo Chailly
1934 Sinfonietta Opus 23 4.00 stars 3 CD
Concerto for Flute Comments:
Guerenich-Orchester Koeln cond, James Conlon
1935 Psalm 13 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin cond. Ricardo Chailly
1936 String Quartet No 4 Opus 25 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
LaSalle Quartet
Compilation Lieder 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Waltz Songs (6) on Tuscan folk lyrics, Op. 6 (1889)
Schlummerlied (1903-1905)
Lieder (6), Op. 22 (1934)
Ahnung Beatricens (1935)
Lieder (12), Op. 27 (1936)
Lieder (13), Op. 2 (1895-1896)
Gesange (8), Op. 5 (1895-1896)
Gesange (5), Op. 7 (1899)
Gesange (4), Op. 8 (1899)
Gesange (6), Op. 10 (1900)
Gesange (6), Op. 13 (1910-1913)

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mezzo Soprano
Barbara Bonney - Soprano
Hans-Peter Blochwitz - Tenor
Andreas Schmidt - Baritone
Cord Garben - Piano