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Korngold: Symphony, Lieder / Welser-Möst, Hendricks


Release Date: 01/11/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 86101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a no-brainer--the best recording of Erich Korngold's wonderful Symphony in F-sharp, and not just because of the classy playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which really is gorgeous. No, the real star of this show is Franz Welser-Möst, who not only reveals himself sensitive to every cinematic detail of the orchestration (just listen to how much he picks up as the scherzo goes whizzing by), but who also understands how to hold the piece together symphonically. This means urgent tempos in the outer movements, and more importantly, accurate, tight rhythm. There's no way he's going to let this music degenerate into Hollywood mush. I particularly like his hard and gritty approach to the first movement, relieved only by hints of that Read more melting lyricism that blossoms out in the adagio. This also is one of the best recordings EMI made in Phildelphia: clear but aptly opulent. The songs make a welcome bonus, with Barbara Hendricks singing well. I like Mariettas Lied and the four (of six) Simple Songs, but frankly the reason to own this is for the symphony. At this new low price, it's a steal.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

From the GRAMOPHONE review of the original release:
"...one need only sample the opening bars where he breathes life and passion into this heartfelt music...Barbara Hendricks’s ravishing accounts of four of the six Einfache Lieder, Op. 9 and the famous Marietta’s Lied from Die tote Stadt make an excellent foil to the symphony and are a most welcome addition to the catalogue...I can warmly recommend this newcomer for the contrasting light that Welser-Most sheds on the Symphony." - GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in F sharp major, Op. 40 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1952; USA 
2.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Einfache Lieder (6), Op. 9: no 1, Schneeglöckchen by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 
4.
Einfache Lieder (6), Op. 9: no 3, Ständchen by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 
5.
Einfache Lieder (6), Op. 9: no 4, Liebesbriefchen by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 
6.
Einfache Lieder (6), Op. 9: no 6, Sommer by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony in F sharp major Op. 40: I. Moderato ma energico
Symphony in F sharp major Op. 40: II. Scherzo (Allegro molto) - Trio (Molto meno (tranquillo))
Symphony in F sharp major Op. 40: III. Adagio (Lento)
Symphony in F sharp major Op. 40: IV. Finale (Allegro)
6 Einfache Lieder Op. 9: I. Schneeglöckchen (von Eichendorff)
6 Einfache Lieder Op. 9: III. Ständchen (von Eichendorff)
6 Einfache Lieder Op. 9: IV. Liebesbriefchen (Honold)
6 Einfache Lieder Op. 9: VI. Sommer (Trebitsch)
Die Tote Stadt Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettalied)

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