One work definitely on her calendar is Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie which Trove Thursday previews with a broadcast conducted by Riccardo Chailly featuring Alessandra Marc and Håkan Hågegard, along with the composer’s Maeterlinck Lieder performed by Hanna Schwarz and led by Erich Leinsdorf, as well as some rare Mahler by Davidsen.
From June 9 to 11, Kirill Petrenko will conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in the Lyric Symphony pairing Davidsen with Christian Gerhaher.
Though the Lyrische Symphonie is likely Zemlinsky’s most performed vocal work, he composed eight operas. The best known are the two one-acters based on Oscar Wilde: Eine Florentinische Tragödie and Der Zwerg (which has also been performed in an alternate edition as Der Geburstag der Infantin, which is also the title of a ballet by Franz Schreker).
If Zemlinsky’s seven-movement work for soprano and baritone setting of poems by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore followed Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (an obvious antecedent) by more than a decade, Zemlinsky met Alma Schindler first. Their affair was broken off due to family interference, and soon after she married Mahler when she was 23. After his death, she’d subsequently marry Walter Gropius and then Franz Werfel!
Several years ago Trove Thursday posted Davidsen singing Mahler—“Urlicht” from the Resurrection Symphony”–and today we also have the soprano performing (with piano) the Rückert Lieder and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Additional Davidsen appearances on Trove Thursday include Sibelius’s Luonnotar and a complete performance of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot, Richard Strauss’s op. 27 songs, and the first act of Die Walküre in concert.
My suggestion for Davidsen: Tove in Schönberg’s Gurrelieder.
Zemlinsky: Lyrische Simphonie
14 March 1993
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Zemlinsky: Maeterlinck Lieder
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
25 March 1991
Orchestre National de France
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Mahler: Rückert Lieder & Des Knaben Wunderhorn—exc.
29 May 2016
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