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Korngold & Works for Violin & Piano, String Sextet Op. 10
Daniel Gaede (violin) & Xuesu Liu (piano)
In Werke für Violine und Klavier, the interplay between grotesque humour and instant melodic upswings the piece demonstrates the amazing plasticity of the young Korngold’s inventiveness. Korngold draws on the classical forms in Streichsextett D-Dur, but realizes them individually; the tonal harmonies are sometimes stretched to their limits, without touching their significant function; though the six voices are conceived polyphonically, they can resound orchestrally – all this is part of the trade of the ingenious adolescent.
Korngold’s ballet ‘The Snowman’ (Der Schneemann) was one of his early major achievements written at the age of eleven. Shortly afterwards he composed Wichtelmännchen’ and the ‘Caprice fantastique’ from the ‘Fairy Tale Pictures’ Op. 3 for piano. Two hits from the successful opera ‘Die Tote Stadt’ follow: ‘Glück, das mir verblieb’ andthe ‘Tanzlied des Pierrot’ are essentially waltzes, highly eloquent in the versions for violin. The Sextet stems from 1914/15, just after the completion of ‘Violanta’; the première being given in 1917 by an ensemble directed by Arnold Rosé, the famous concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. Korngold draws on classical forms, but touches with the gifts of an ingenious adolescent, evoking comparison with passages of the Schoenberg sextet ‘Verklärte Nacht’ of 1899.
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Piano Music
Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor
Don Quixote - six character pieces after Cervantes
Piano Sonata No. 2 in E major, Op. 2
Märchenbilder (Fairytale Pictures), Op. 3
Four Waltzes For Piano (1911)
4 Little Caricatures for Children and Op. 19
Was Der Wald Erzählt (What The Woods Tell Me)
Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20: Intermezzo
Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1
Ring of Polykrates (selection)
arr. L. Ruffin
Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11: suite for piano
Die Tote Stadt, Op. 12 - 'Schach Brugge!'
Tales of Strauss, Op. 21
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 25
Schauspiel Overture, Op. 4
Die Tote Stadt, Op. 12 - Große Fantasie
From precocious child through to acclaimed Hollywood film composer, Korngold's career never ran quite true to form. Although hailed as a true child prodigy by Strauss and Mahler, his true promise as a composer of varied and substantial works was never quite fulfilled. However, from his earliest works, Korngold wrote highly personal and astoundingly virtuosic music for the piano. Here the piano works are collected together for the first time, including a number of world premiere recordings.
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