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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Composer)

Born: 29th May 1897, Margraviate of Moravia

Died: 29th November 1957, Los Angeles, U.S.A

Nationality: Austrian

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian-born composer and conductor. A child prodigy, he became one of the most important and influential composers in Hollywood history. He was a noted pianist and composer of classical music, along with music for Hollywood films, and the first composer of international stature to write Hollywood scores.

When he was 11, his ballet Der Schneemann (The Snowman), became a sensation in Vienna, followed by his Second Piano Sonata which he wrote at age 13, played throughout Europe by Artur Schnabel. His one-act operas Violanta and Der Ring des Polykrates were premiered in Munich in 1916, conducted by Bruno Walter. At 23, his opera Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) premiered in Hamburg and Cologne.

Further Reading: Korngold

 Recording of the Week, Korngold's Die tote Stadt from Munich

Jonas Kaufmann and Marlis Petersen both thrive under the camera's close scrutiny in Korngold's early opera about a volatile widower who attempts to refashion a new love-interest in his late wife's image.

 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.

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