Jurowski conducts Zemlinsky’s colourful tone poem The Mermaid and Rachmaninoff’s powerful Third Piano Concerto.
In 1901, at the height of her affair with Alexander von Zemlinsky, Alma Schindler unceremoniously dumped her lover to marry Gustav Mahler. Zemlinsky was devastated. Still cherishing a framed photo of Alma, he began work on his orchestral tone poem Die Seejungfrau.
But while the score’s depiction of the Little Mermaid’s hopeless dedication to an imaginary young boy clearly resonated with Zemlinsky, his work was no self-pitying tirade. It was, in fact, his coming of age – his discovery of a true musical voice.
Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3
Alexander Von Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) – fantasy after Anderse
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Marc-André Hamelin piano
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