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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)


Famously dismissed by one American music critic as "more corn than gold", the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold is characterised by its lush, late-Romantic style. Declared a "musical genius" by none other than Gustav Mahler, he displayed a prodigious talent, and had written three operas by the time he was twenty-three.

He emigrated to America in 1938, and became a naturalised American citizen in 1943. As well as the Violin Concerto and his opera, Die tote Stadt, he is perhaps best-known for his numerous film scores, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, and Kings Row.


Further Reading: Korngold

 Recording of the Week, Korngold's Violin Concerto from John Wilson, Andrew Haveron and the RTE Concert Orchestra

A bracing, unsentimentalised take on the composer's most popular work, plus an exuberant account of the youthful String Sextet from the Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble.

 Interview, John Wilson on the Sinfonia of London

The British conductor talks to James about his new ensemble and their first two recording projects of music by Korngold plus a selection of French orchestral works.

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