In the arm of love, we blissfully fell asleep.
At the open window, the summer wind listened
and carried the peace of our breath
out into the bright moonlit night. –

And from the garden, hesitantly,
the scent of a rose felt its way to our love’s bed
and gave us wonderful dreams,
dreams of rapture – so rich in longing!
Otto Erich Hartleben – Love Ode

In various ways, many people live their whole lives in a state of emigration. That was the fate of most of this evening’s composers. But they related to each other in different ways and appreciated each other’s art. Zemlinsky was Schönberg’s teacher, supporter and brother-in-law, while Berg and Webern were Schönberg’s pupils. In difficult political times, the great musicians all tried to come to terms with their fate in their own way, and some of them failed. Alban Berg’s music was defamed as being Jewish; Schönberg had to emigrate – his professorship was revoked for racist reasons. Zemlinsky was already a broken man when he arrived in the USA. The Belgian Het Collectief under Reinbert de Leeuw plays their wonderful music, including Zemlinsky’s Six Songs after Maeterlinck, Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Schönberg’s Chamber Symphony op. 9 and Webern’s Passacaglia op. 1.
An evening of infinite depth.