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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.

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Further Reading: Korngold

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson conducts Korngold's Symphony in F sharp

John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London show their impressive credentials when it comes to the music of Korngold, with a thrillingly-performed account of the Symphony in F sharp.

 Interview, Liza Ferschtman on Bernstein and Korngold

The Dutch violinist talks to Katherine about her new recording of two American works for violin and orchestra, out on Challenge Classics later this month.

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