David Robertson Conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosopraan
Anne Sofie von Otter and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder, conducted by David Robertson. You can watch the performance with or without Robertson’s commentary.
Alexander von Zemlinsky, a passionate lied composer, wrote his six Maeterlinck Lieder in 1910-13. Maeterlinck’s poetry conjures up the magic of a lost world. Many of his dramas depict the fate of young girls, blindfolded, abandoned, molested or left to languish in dark cellars. Zemlinsky’s music provides an appropriate atmosphere for the poems. You can watch the performance of Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder with or without David Robertson’s distinct explanation.
Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter made her debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1996. She earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. Her busy opera and concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the globe. She also produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings; her double CD, ‘Douce France’, received a Grammy Award in 2015.