The Houston Symphony has released its first recording on the Naxos label, a CD of Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony and Berg’s Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite. Both pieces were recorded in November 2007 at Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, led by Music Director Hans Graf. The three-movement Berg work features the composer’s arrangement for string orchestra; soprano Twyla Robinson and baritone Roman Trekel are soloists in the seven-movement Zemlinsky work. The recording, which is being sold at retail outlets including, iTunes, and, was released on May 26. The orchestra’s next recording for Naxos, a continuation of its exploration of the late-Romantic period, is planned for this fall: live performances of Mahler’s Song of the Earth, with mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel and tenor Paul Groves.

Posted June 30, 2009

Hans Graf head shot by Christian Steiner

Photo of Hans Graf leading the Houston Symphony at Carnegie Hall by Chris Lee