...meanwhile back at the end of the alphabet and towards the end of his life Zemlinsky composed a wonderful work which I listened to for the first time today. This is his setting of Psalm XIII ('How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord?') composed in 1935 and first performed in 1971 decades after the composer's death. Poor Zemlinsky was, I believe, a great composer yet one who was tragically neglected in his lifetime and was unfortunate enough to find himself, a Jew, living in Nazi Germany, where his work was of course banned. Fortunately he managed to get out and died, largely forgotten in the USA. The CD which Leo (Cato) posted above is terrific as it has the wonderfully atmospheric tone poem 'The Mermaid' (Die Seejungfrau) coupled with the great setting of Psalm XIII. I find the Psalm to be very moving, especially in the context of Zemlinky's life and the powerfully defiant ending reminded me momentarily of the choral music of Vaughan Williams or Holst - a great discovery and certainly my favourite Zemlinsky CD.