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This release of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing and Sinfonietta follows Ondine’s release of the Symphony in F sharp and the Tänzchen im alten Stil (ODE 1182-2).
The complete incidental music from Much Ado About Nothing (Viel Lärm um Nichts) is a world première recording. It was premiered in 2012 under the direction of John Storgårds. Originally written for chamber orchestra, it is performed here by symphony orchestra.
The Sinfonietta was first performed by Felix Weingartner and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Richly orchestrated melodies, dreamy music and an imposing finale characterize the work.
John Storgårds, one of Finland’s most exceptional artists, has built a worldwide reputation in recent years. Storgårds is Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing, Op. 11 (published version)
II. Don Juan
III. Mummenschanz (Hornpipe)
V. Lied des Balthasar
VIII. Holzapfel und Schlehwein (Marsch der Wache)
IX. Madchen im Brautgemach
XI. Holzapfel und Schlehwein (Marsch der Wache)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Sinfonietta in B Major, Op. 5
I. Fliessend, mit heiterem Schwunge
II. Scherzo: Molto agitato, rasch und feuerig
III. Molto andante (traumerisch)
IV. Finale: Patetico - Allegro giocoso
“With an orchestra of Helsinki’s calibre in a score that delights - might one say wallows! - in the glories of a modern orchestra...there are many passages that will bring great pleasure”
“a supremely confident performance [of the Sinfonietta] that exudes all the charm, warmth and vitality with which this work abounds. Storgard's mastery tells in small details such as the observation of the pause before the dramatic reprise of the scherzo or the luminous flickering landscape set before us in the Andante.”