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Zimmermann: Violin Concerto, Photoptosis, Die Soldaten Vocal Symphony


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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.
Facts
Item number ODE 1325-2
Barcode 761195132524
Release date 2/8/2019
Category Classical Music
Label ONDINE
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Lintu, Hannu
Orchestra Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Violin Concerto00:17:08
1 Violin Concerto: I. Sonata. Allegro moderato, ruba 00:04:14 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Josefowicz, Leila
2 Violin Concerto: II. Fantasia 00:08:55 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Josefowicz, Leila
3 Violin Concerto: III. Rondo. Allegro con brio 00:04:21 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Josefowicz, Leila
Photoptosis00:13:11
4 Photoptosis 00:14:04 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony00:40:00
5 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act I: I. Prelude 00:05:39 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
6 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act I: II. Introduct 00:00:38 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
7 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act I: III. Ricercar 00:08:34 Komsi, Anu Lintu, Hannu Uusitalo, Juha Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Tantsits, Peter
8 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act I: IVa. Nocturno 00:04:47 Komsi, Anu Lintu, Hannu Uusitalo, Juha Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
9 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act I: IVb. Nocturno 00:04:55 Komsi, Anu Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
10 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act II: V. Intermezz 00:04:56 Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
11 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act II: VIa. Capricc 00:05:36 Komsi, Anu Lintu, Hannu Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Tantsits, Peter
12 Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony, Act II: VIb. Capricc 00:06:44 Lintu, Hannu Summers, Hilary Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Rusanen, Ville Packalen, Jeni
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