The Vienna String Sextet performs two delightful, late-Romantic chamber works by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871–1942) and his student Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957). The great Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was a member of the jury that awarded German-Swiss soprano Juliane Banse the Grand Prix Franz Schubert for her superb interpretations of Schubert lieder. She joins the group for Zemlinsky's Maiblumen blühten überall ("Mayflowers All Blooming") for soprano and string sextet (1890), a fragment of an unfinished string sextet to which the composer set the text of a poem by Richard Dehmel.
"The energetic Korngold Sextet in D … has a set of dolorous inner movements of uncharacteristic charm, performed very well here by the Weiner Streichsextett (the two cellos are outstanding). Equally charming and worth more than a casual listen is Zemlinsky's Two Movements for String Quintet (of 1896), which consists of the surviving fragments of an earlier work…. Soprano Juliane Banse's voice is a fine addition to the modest string forces."—Classics Today