Zemlinsky: Maeterlinck-Lieder

with commentary by David Robertson

Played works

Alexander Zemlinsky Maeterlinck Lieder


David Robertson Conductor


Anne Sofie von Otter and the Concertgebouworkest perform Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder, conducted by David Robertson. You can watch the performance with or without Robertson’s commentary.

Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder

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.

Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo soprano

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter made her debut with the Concertgebouworkest 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.

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