Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata; Three Pieces for Cello and Piano; Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Othmar Muller Cello
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.
© James Leonard, All Music Guide
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