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Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata; Three Pieces for Cello and Piano; Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
These three early cello works by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky are perfectly acceptable examples of conservative German late-Romanticism. The lightest work of the three is the earliest, the "Three Pieces for cello and piano" from 1891 with its three movements cast in the intimate style of the mature Schumann. The "Sonata in A minor" from 1894 is a much more strenuous work written in the stormy style of the young Brahms. Perhaps the best of the three is the "Trio in D minor" from 1896, which adds a clarinet to the cello and piano. With its passionate tone and heavy textures, Zemlinsky's "Trio" is close enough in manner and matter to Brahms' "Trio" for the same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
These three early cello works by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky are perfectly acceptable examples of conservative German late-Romanticism. The lightest work of the three is the earliest, the "Three Pieces for cello and piano" from 1891 with its three movements cast in the intimate style of the mature Schumann. The "Sonata in A minor" from 1894 is a much more strenuous work written in the stormy style of the young Brahms. Perhaps the best of the three is the "Trio in D minor" from 1896, which adds a clarinet to the cello and piano. With its passionate tone and heavy textures, Zemlinsky's "Trio" is close enough in manner and matter to Brahms' "Trio" for the same instrumental combination from five years earlier to share the work's heightened expressivity. Though none of these works are particularly characteristic of the mature Zemlinsky, these Austrian performances make a strong case for them. Cellist Othmar Müller has a rich tone and a strong technique, and he knows how to phrase Zemlinsky's big tunes for maximum cogency, shaping the sonata's opening "Mit Leidenschaft" so its long line coheres over its entire 10-minute length. Pianist Christopher Hinterhuber proves as much a partner as an accompanist, molding his playing around Müller's without compromising the integrity of his own part. In the "Trio," clarinetist Ernst Ottensamer adds more than an autumnal tone to the ensemble; he adds another articulate voice to the conversation. Listeners unfamiliar with Zemlinsky's music might find later works like "Die Seejungfrau" or "Lyrische Symphonie" more representative of the mature composer, but listeners who already know the mature composer may find these three works interesting. Recorded in Liszt Hall in Raiding, Austria, in 2007, Naxos' sound is clear and clean, but a bit thin and a tad distant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313054077
  • Catalog Number: 8570540
  • Sales rank: 31,326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Drei Stücke, for cello & piano - Alexander von Zemlinsky & Othmar Muller (8:03)
  2. 4–6 Sonata for cello & piano in A minor - Alexander von Zemlinsky & Othmar Muller (27:32)
  3. 7–9 Trio for piano, clarinet & cello in D minor, Op. 3 - Alexander von Zemlinsky & Othmar Muller (28:38)
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Othmar Muller Primary Artist
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