Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony
Dvořák hall, Rudolfinum, Prague – 14 June 2021
Alexander Liebreich – conductor
Johanna Winkel – soprano
Adam Plachetka – bass baritone
Zemlinsky's seven songs for baritone, soprano and orchestra, linked into one whole, were performed with the PRSO by excellent German soprano Johanna Winkel and the Czech bass-baritone of world renown and a regular performer with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adam Plachetka. Together with conductor Alexander Liebreich, they performed the Lyric Symphony from the long-standing Chief Conductor of the New German Opera. The work, on texts from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, which is more of a large song cycle than a symphony in the traditional sense of the word, had its premiere in Prague in 1924. Its performance impressively ended the 94th season of the PRSO.