Alexander Zemlinsky: Eine Florentinische Tragödie

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Oscar Wilde’s A Florentine Tragedy was written in 1893, but remained a fragment when the author was arrested for ‘sodomy’. But the material was in the air, so to speak, and Alexander von Zemlinsky, who may have had Richard Strauss’ recourse to Wilde’s Salome in mind and hoped for a similar success with A Florentine Tragedy, finally converted the play into a one-act opera. Puccini had also been interested in the material, but the publisher Tito Ricordi advised him against it. Other potential takers also included Ferruccio Busoni who also found the ending too hackneyed. However, such alleged triviality did not deter his colleague Alexander von Zemlinsky, who celebrated success with his opera. Alban Berg admired the work so much that musical parallels to the Florentine Tragedy can be found in his Wozzeck, premiered eight years later.
Item number C5325
Barcode 845221053257
Release date 01/01/2018
Category 20th Century
Label Capriccio
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Brunner, Heidi
Koch, Wolfgang
Reid, Charles
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Composers Zemlinsky, Alexander
Conductors Billy, Bertrand de
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