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Zimmermann review by Gary Higginson
Posted by Martin Walker on March 21, 2019, 11:20 am
It is rather unfortunate - since Zimmermann is such an important composer - that a few slips have crept into Gary Higginson's review of the new CD of his music conducted by Hannu Lintu. First of all the mis-spelling of Photoptosis in the text - twice, though it is shown correctly on the CD cover as illustrated. Then the strange description of the libretto as being based on a 'story' (sic) by Lenz - it is of course a play - and the libretto of Wozzeck also being misattributed to a 'novel' by 'Buchner' i.e.Büchner, in fact also a play, correctly spelled Woyzeck. I cannot understand the sentence "On stage this has manifested itself in having several scenes running concurrently." What has manifested itself? I can guess, but the syntactic logic here is pretty confusing.
As far as the recordings of Photoptosis are concerned, there is a superior one by Ernest Bour/SWF that is/was available on Wergo, and the live recording by the BPO conducted by Oramo is marvellous (I found that online). The Zender/RSO Berlin performance (also Wergo) is good, but as Gary says, not so well recorded.
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