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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2007, 11:54:03 PM »
I'd go for Welzer-Møst on a cheap EMI CD for the symphony.

That's a v good recording.
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2007, 02:04:39 PM »
Chandos has reissued its Korngold recordings it seems:



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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2007, 06:26:54 PM »
Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony are going to be recording the complete score to The Prince and the Pauper next year.

By my count, that's the 6th complete Korngold score from that team? Cool!


I do wish that some label would record a complete Juarez and Captain Blood, although the latter seems unlikely because of the Lizst cue.


Pretty soon, we could have complete score recordings for all 17 of Korngold films. :D

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2007, 02:28:56 PM »


I love this opera, improbable libretto and all.

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2007, 02:33:32 PM »


I love this opera, improbable libretto and all.

That recording is great. I am surprised there haven't been more performances of the work - especially in Europe, as there is ample room in the plot for gratuotous nudity to satisfy the patrons :P
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2007, 02:35:51 PM »
That recording is great. I am surprised there haven't been more performances of the work - especially in Europe, as there is ample room in the plot for gratuotous nudity to satisfy the patrons :P

I would imagine the staging would be difficult, and the instrumentation is pretty non-standard. I think there are at least five keyboard instruments. Hmm, I need to listen to this again soon.

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2007, 02:37:36 PM »
I would imagine the staging would be difficult, and the instrumentation is pretty non-standard. I think there are at least five keyboard instruments. Hmm, I need to listen to this again soon.

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2007, 04:18:59 PM »
That recording is great. I am surprised there haven't been more performances of the work - especially in Europe, as there is ample room in the plot for gratuotous nudity to satisfy the patrons :P

Hey Lethe, Wednesday this week ...
http://shop.lpo.org.uk/performances/detail.asp?1205,63,0,0,0
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2007, 04:41:50 PM »
Hey Lethe, Wednesday this week ...
http://shop.lpo.org.uk/performances/detail.asp?1205,63,0,0,0

How silly of me - I've actually been on that exact page recently. I created a DWDH article for Wikipedia, and was looking for sources - I assumed it was for an old performance, not a future one :)
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2007, 05:42:02 AM »
I just heard his Symphony in F# for the first time



Can't say I like the engineering on this disc at all, but the symphony is darn impressive: a heavy, dark work leavened with a dash of Hollywood romance.
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #31 on: November 26, 2007, 02:09:45 PM »
I love EWK's work. His Sinfonietta is of astonishing maturity - he was 14 when he wrote it. I also like his Piano Concerto for the Left hand, his Symphony in F sharp, and the symphonic poem Sursum Corda. His Symphonic Serenade for string orchestra is one of the most beautiful essays in the genre. And the opera 'Das Wunder der Heliane' ends in an ecstasy that really makes you soar.

A wonderful composer!
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2008, 10:40:12 PM »
Time to resurrect this. I had written an answer to a recent thread about Korngold's violin concerto just in time to find it - deservedly - locked. Maybe the relevant posts from that thread should be moved here?

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For my taste, the best overall renditions of Korngold's violin concerto available are those by Schmid and Shaham. They are both brilliant and manage to sound quite different; the Vienna version manages to gloriously illustrate the bittersweet Korngoldian harmonies and atmosphere in an electrifying performance, whereas the LSO version paints a more exuberant, virtuosic soundscape. I slightly prefer Schmid's performance, but I wouldn't want to be without Shaham, either.

The Oehms release has the advantage of an all-Korngold program, immaculately performed. The op.23 suite for two violins, cello and left hand piano (a second Wittgenstein commission, after his satisfaction with the op.17 left hand piano concerto Korngold had composed for him) is a glorious work that ought to be standard repertoire and it receives an impressively atmospheric performance here, as well.

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2008, 01:02:25 AM »
Here is the relevent post from the locked thread

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This is the only recording I have of the Korngold concerto:



(In case the text is too tiny for you to read, the soloist is Chantal Juillet, with John Mauceri conducting the Berlin RSO.)

It is coupled with the completely-forgotten Krenek concerto, which has a gauzy, Berg-like atmosphere (though sounds nothing like the Berg concerto), and Weill's concerto for violin and wind ensemble, which is a nice slice of 20's modernism a la Hindemith.

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2008, 02:00:06 AM »
I really want to get recordings of Die Tote Stadt, and Die stumme Serenade. What is the best recording of the former, and is there a recording of the latter?
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2008, 02:09:03 AM »
For Die tote Stadt, I'd recommend Leinsdorf. Segerstam on Naxos is also quite good (and cheap) and it would serve as an excellent second version.



I don't think there's a recording for Die stumme Serenade.

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2008, 02:36:42 AM »
I don't think there's a recording for Die stumme Serenade.

On Wikipedia I read the following about the availability or otherwise of Die Stumme Serenade:

Ein hausinterner Mitschnitt auf DVD der Wiederaufführung im Münchner Haus der Kunst existiert. Er ist über die Hochschule für Musik und Theater München erhältlich.

Which means that an in-house recording of a production given at the Munich 'Haus der Kunst' exists on DVD, which you can order through the 'Hochschule für Musik und Theater' in Munich...
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2008, 03:41:17 AM »
Cheers to both of you. I just ordered both versions of Die Tote Stadt as the Naxos was so cheap! I might look into getting that DVD Jezetha.
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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2008, 04:09:52 PM »
One of my favorite non-British composers, especially a fan of his film work.

Here is the strangest thing, that someone could have a "favorite non-British composer."  To divide composers into British and non-British is like dividing the bobsled teams into "Jamaican and non-Jamaican."

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Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2008, 05:14:51 PM »
when it comes to Classical, the majority I listen to is British.

As far as music in general, I don't think the same qualifier would be valid/accurate.