Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (complete opera recorded in 2019)

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Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (complete opera recorded in 2019)
Berlin Deutsche / Elena Tsallagova. Emily Magee, Philipp Jekal, Flurina Stucki / Donald Runnicles (cond)

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Release Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020

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Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

Based on Oscar Wilde's story The Birthday of the Infanta, Zemlinsky's single-act opera Der Zwerg is the tragic tale of a dwarf who is presented at court, falls in love with the beautiful Donna Clara, but is ultimately forced to see himself as others see him and to die of a broken heart. Preceded by Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34, Zemlinsky's Romantic score is full of psychological intrigue. Is Der Zwerg a critique of society's superficiality? Is it the composer's self-portrait in his doomed affair with Alma Schindler? Director Tobias Kratzer's stunning, transparent production creates a space in which each character is thrown into sharp relief in this 'fine, noble and melancholy work' (Bachtrack.com).

Alexander von Zemlinsky - Der Zwerg (Deutsche Oper Berlin)