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Korngold: Lieder Des Abshieds, Etc / Downes, Finnie


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10431   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Linda Finnie
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Scored for large forces - the rare Symphony in F Sharp major is a work of real imaginative power and ranks alongside the major symphonic works of Mahler and Bruckner; with a powerful and deeply felt slow movement of grandiose character. Coupled with the exquisite yet, rarely performed 'Lieder des Abshieds' a cycle of four orchestral songs are much earlier and completed in 1920; clearly influenced by Strauss, Mahler and Zemlinsky and performed here with the persuasive soloist, Linda Finnie. Conducted by Edward Downes, the BBC Philharmonic performs with enthusiasm and sensitivity. 'Korngold's lush orchestration needs sound with a full bloom, and the Chandos engineers provided that in spades.' - The Times Scored for large forces - the rare Symphony in F Sharp major is a work of real imaginative power and ranks alongside the major symphonic works of Mahler and Bruckner; with a powerful and deeply felt slow movement of grandiose character. Coupled with the exquisite yet, rarely performed 'Lieder des Abshieds' a cycle of four orchestral songs are much earlier and completed in 1920; clearly influenced by Strauss, Mahler and Zemlinsky and performed here with the persuasive soloist, Linda Finnie. Conducted by Edward Downes, the BBC Philharmonic performs with enthusiasm and sensitivity. 'Korngold's lush orchestration needs sound with a full bloom, and the Chandos engineers provided that in spades.' - The Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Abschiedslieder, Op. 14 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Linda Finnie (Alto)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Austria 
2.
Symphony in F sharp major, Op. 40 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1952; USA 

Sound Samples

Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14: I. Sterbelied. Sehr ruhig und gefasst, mit verhaltener tiefer Empfindung
Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14: II. Dies eine kann mein Schnen nimmer fassen. Mit leidenschaftlichem Schmerz, massig schnell, erregt im Ausdruck
Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14: III. Mond, so gehst du wieder auf. Mit grosster, schmerzlichster Ruhe, ganz langsam, stets ausserst gebunden, ausdrucksvoll
Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14: IV. Gefasster Abschied. Mit liebenswurdigen, heitergemutvollem Ausdruck
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

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