ZIMMERMAN: LATE SYMPHONIC WORKS (3 SACDS)
In many ways, performing Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s symphonic works is an extremely lavish undertaking. He employs infrequently-used instruments, such as the glass harmonica (released for the first time on this recording) and the Hungarian dulcimer, the cimbalom, in the Concerto pour violoncello et orchestra en forme de ‘pas de trois,’ for which not many performers are available. In his largest-scale endeavours, he aimed to process the most complex connections among contemporary events and his own worldview in such an intensive and comprehensive manner that each of these creations would be the only and possibly also the last. One must not forget that Zimmermann, a sensitive, profound man, had to cope with horrific and traumatic experiences during the war. This release includes not only recordings of these late symphonic works, but also Elke Heidenreich reading “Steady on the musical tightriope above the existential abyss (2013),” and B. A. Zimmermann, Mirjam Wiesemann, and York Holler speaking on these works.
Zimmermann, B A:
Jan-Filip Tupa (cello)
Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu
Sascha Reckert (glass harmonica)
Stille und Umkehr
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Bernhard Kontarsky