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Voices Of Our Time - A Tribute To Korngold / Anne Sofie Von Otter

Von Otter,Anne Sofie
Release Date: 08/17/2004 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: VTASO  
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Mats LidströmNils-Erik SparfBengt ForsbergUlf Forsberg,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the interview featured on this DVD, [Anne Sofie von Otter] says, "Korngold’s music has enjoyed something of a renaissance and his classical music is now acclaimed throughout the world." She also says that when she was first introduced to the music, some twenty years ago, she felt that it did not really suit her voice; but over the years she has sung it frequently and is now a very ardent Korngold fan. She is also keen on Korngold’s chamber music saying it has great intensity, rhythmic buoyancy and colour: "I Read more think he is a great composer." Bengt Forsberg, in his interview, adds that he thinks the music very beautiful, romantic and with great flow. It is also wonderfully orchestrated.

Fragments of these interviews are scattered through the programme as are isolated movements of the Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano (Left Hand) (commissioned from Korngold by Paul Wittgenstein), and the Piano Quintet in E major (the two movements on this DVD are placed in the wrong order) to show parallels and shared material between them and the songs. Some might regard this as a valuable and interesting concept, others might be disconcerted and think it patronising. Nevertheless, the chamber ensemble plays with finesse and romantic intensity. In both these works there is a definite foretaste of the great romantic film scores that Korngold would create for Warner Bros. in the 1930s and 1940s.

The chamber music and songs were, of course, filmed in a live concert given at the Théâtre Musical de Paris – Châtelet so there is all the ambience and spontaneity of live, unedited performances. Anne Sofie von Otter’s empathy for Korngold’s beautiful songs - bitterly-sweet and unashamedly romantic is quite plain. Her control, her creamily-smooth beautifully contoured delivery impress most strongly. Highlights include Mond, so gehst du wieder auf (it is to be hoped that she will go on to record this song in its orchestral dress as a part of Vier Lieder des Abschieds), the songs from Korngold’s early-mid teenage years: Liebesbriefchen and Sommer, and the ever-popular aria from Die Tote Stadt, ’Marietta’s Lied.’ Charming, too are the four songs to words by William Shakespeare.

A delightful concert of mainly lesser-known songs and chamber works by Korngold. Anne Sofie von Otter, clearly empathising with these lovely bitter-sweet songs, shines.

– Ian Lace, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Piano left hand and Strings, Op. 23: Excerpt(s) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Mats Lidström (Cello), Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano),
Ulf Forsberg (Violin), Tobias Ringborg (Viola)
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E major, Op. 15: Excerpt(s) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Tobias Ringborg (Viola), Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano),
Mats Lidström (Cello), Ulf Forsberg (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Austria 
3.
Lieder (4), Op. 31 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Abschiedslieder, Op. 14: no 3, Mond, so gehst du wieder auf by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Austria 
5.
Einfache Lieder (6), Op. 9: no 4, Liebesbriefchen by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 
6.
Lieder (3), Op. 22: Was du mir bist? by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1929; Austria 
7.
Gesänge (3), Op. 18: no 1, In meine innige Nacht by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Austria 
8.
Einfache Lieder (6), Op. 9: no 6, Sommer by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 
9.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 

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