CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann was born in Bliesheim, near Cologne, on 20 March 1918, into a rural Catholic community. He studied at the University for Music in Cologne and was then drafted into the German army in 1940, but released two years later due to a skin illness.
Zimmermann and his music were strongly affected by war and its trauma. His best known work is Die Soldaten, regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important operas.
Health problems - depressive tendencies and a worsening eye problem - led to his suicide on 10 August 1970.
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