Karl Goldmark


Born: May 18, 1830; Keszthely, Hungary   Died: January 2, 1915; Vienna, Austria  
Composer Karl Goldmark, famous in Vienna throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, was born into an enormous Jewish family (Goldmark had over 20 siblings) in Hungary in 1830. The family moved to the outskirts of Ödenburg (now Sopron) in 1834, and seven years later Goldmark began to study the violin (in a most rudimentary way, his first teacher being a singer with little instrumental experience). After two years at the Ödenburg music Read more school (1842-1843) the talented but untrained 14-year-old was sent to Vienna for serious violin studies (1844). Forced for monetary reasons to abandon the lessons after a little over a year, but nevertheless determined to pursue music as a vocation, Goldmark managed to gain admittance first to the Vienna technical school and, in 1847, to the city's conservatory, where he studied violin with the respected performer Joseph Böhm and harmony (for a very brief time) with Gottfried Preyer.

Political troubles in the city in 1848 -- which shut down many Viennese institutions of learning, including the conservatory -- forced Goldmark to abandon school after just a year of formal study. Working as a theater violinist and music teacher (first in Ödenburg and later in back in Vienna) for the next several years, Goldmark began trying to hone his skills as a composer, and in 1858 he organized a concert of his own music in Vienna. The concert was not a success, and Goldmark, disillusioned by the reception of his music in the city and uncomfortable with his lack of thorough compositional grounding, opted to relocate to Budapest, where he immersed himself in the music of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven and studied contemporary texts on musical form and language.

Upon his return to Vienna in 1860 Goldmark met with considerable and immediate success, and by the 1870s a string of successful works (such as the String Quartet, Op. 8 of 1860, the Sakuntala overture of 1865, and, most significantly, the 1875 opera Die Königin von Saba [The Queen of Saba]) and the 1877 symphonic poem Rustic Wedding had placed Goldmark in the front tier of contemporary Austro-German composers. Despite the objections of many leading musicians (among them the outspoken critic Eduard Hanslick) who considered him to be just another second-rate Wagnerian, Goldmark remained an honored and very visible part of Viennese musical life until his death in 1915 at the age of 84.

Goldmark's musical influences were many and varied, beginning with his exposure to local folk dances while a child in Hungary, and later moving through Wagner towards a unique blend of German classicism and impressionism (a style he was just beginning to explore at the time of his death). Some of Goldmark's mature pieces, particularly the operas Die Königin von Saba and Ein Wintermärchen (A Winter Tale, 1908) and the Op.28 violin concerto, successfully employ a unique and beautiful language, rich in melody and warmly chromatic; at other times (as in most of the music for piano, an instrument for which Goldmark had little native sympathy) his work falls rather short of its hyper-expressive goal. Read less
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    My Life is an Opera / Roberto Alagna
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002267302 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Charles Gounod,  Anton y Michelena  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Aleksandra Kurzak
    Conductor:  Yvan Cassar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Orchestra
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    Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony... / Shui
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1842 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Goldmark
    Conductor:  Lan Shui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Violin Romances / Aaron Rosand
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  Hugh Sung,  John Covelli
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    Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony; Merlin Prelude / Schaller, Philharmonie Festiva
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 10048 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Goldmark
    Conductor:  Gerd Schaller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonie Festiva
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    Icon - Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet Of The Tenor Voice
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Ottorino Respighi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lonya Kolbouss,  Robert Stolz,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Men's Chorus,  Balalaika Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak, Goldmark: Violin Concertos / Milstein, Blech
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47421 Release Date: 03/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Karl Goldmark
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Harry Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Goldmark: Merlin / Kunzli, Gabler, Schaller
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9044 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Karl Goldmark
    Performer:  In-Sung Sim,  Anna Gabler,  Robert Künzli,  Daniel Behle  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerd Schaller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonie Festiva,  Munich Philharmonic Choir
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    Best Tenor Voices 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06701 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Corinna Vozza,  Adriana Lazzarini,  Rolando Villazón  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Marcello Viotti,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Dallas Wind Symphony Sampler
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 909 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Owen Reed,  Gustav Holst,  Karl Goldmark,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Dunn,  Frederick Fennell,  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Wind Symphony
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    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prętre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Best Tenor Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 242720 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Peter Haage  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte,  Berislav Klobucar,  Bernard Haitink,  Heinz Wallberg  ... 
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    The Great Violinists Vol 24 - Arnold Rosé
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1371 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  David Popper,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Arnold Rosé,  Alma Rosé
    Conductor:  Alfred Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra
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    Goldmark: Piano Quintets / Triendl, Quatuor Sine Nomine
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777277 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Goldmark
    Performer:  Oliver Triendl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sine Nomine String Quartet
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    Korngold, Sinding, Goldmark: Violin Concertos / Perlman, Previn, Pittsburgh So
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 9677 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Karl Goldmark
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Rare Recordings Of Famous Tenors
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1268 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Errico Petrella  ... 
    Performer:  Gaetano Pini-Corsi,  Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana,  Mario Gilion,  Augusto Dianni  ... 
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    Costa Milona - Recordings 1922-1929
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10374 Release Date: 05/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spiro Samara,  Gaetano Errico Pennino,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Percy Kahn  ... 
    Performer:  Costa Milona
    Conductor:  Nikos Skalkottas,  Johannes Heidenreich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata;  Goldmark, Korngold / Wallfisch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5806 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Karl Goldmark,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
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    The Essential Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 707416 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy,  Karl Goldmark  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John T. Williams,  Frederic Chiu,  Simon Mulligan  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Michael Stern,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Leo Slezak Vol 3 - Mozart, Weber, Flotow, Goldmark, Meyerbeer
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10295 Release Date: 01/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Karl Goldmark,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Elsa Bland,  Leo Slezak
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Richard Schubert
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89108 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Eugčne d' Albert,  Karl Goldmark,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Richard Schubert
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    Sileo - Music Of Serenity - Schubert, Barber, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Art   Catalog: 8285 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Samuel Barber,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Jan Vogler,  Peter Rösel,  Renate Schorler  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling,  Kurt Sanderling,  Heinz Bongartz,  Rolf Kleinert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Gaia Scienza,  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bronislaw Gimpel Plays Concerti By Bruch, Dvorak & Goldmark
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5523 Release Date: 03/16/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Bronislaw Gimpel
    Conductor:  Rolf Reinhardt,  Curt Cremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Pro Musica Orchestra
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    The Art Of Ruggiero Ricci
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3611 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz von Vecsey,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Giorgio Ricci,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Louis Persinger
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Louis de Froment,  Matthias Kuntsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
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