Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Biography

Born: 1897   Died: 1957   Period: 20th Century
Erich Wolfgang Korngold's career bridged astonishing gaps in history and music -- from the final years of Imperial Austria, when he was hailed as "a new Mozart," to Hollywood in the heyday of the studio system, to the darkened era of postwar Europe. In Vienna of the 1920s, his name evoked the best that engagingly melodic, tonal music had to offer in the concert hall or the opera house; in Hollywood he was synonymous with the swashbucklers of Read more Errol Flynn. Born in Brünn, in Moravia (now Brno, Czechoslovakia) he was the son of Julius Korngold, one of the most influential music critics in Vienna. Korngold was beating time with a spoon by the age of three, playing basic melodies at age 5, and composing at age 6. He was encouraged by Gustav Mahler to pursue his musical studies, and his teachers included Alexander Von Zemlinsky. He'd written a Piano Sonata in D minor and a ballet entitled The Snowman before he was 10, and at 13, he saw his second piano sonata premiered by Artur Schnabel. He wrote his first two operas, Der Ring des Polykrates and Violanta, in his teens, and in 1920, at 23, Korngold completed his most celebrated operatic work, Die tote Stadt; it was an immediate hit in Austria and Germany, and quickly entered the repertory of opera companies around the world.

The 1920s saw Korngold add theatrical music to his activities -- his adaptation of Johann Strauss' Eine Nacht in Venedig was a worldwide success, as was his Strauss pastiche, Waltzes in Vienna. In 1929, Korngold was commissioned by the producer Max Reinhardt to work on a new stage production of Die Fledermaus. Reinhardt was pleased with the results and impressed with Korngold's work; three years later, when Warner Bros. studios engaged Reinhardt to adapt his stage version of A Midsummer Night's Dream into a film, he engaged Korngold to arrange Felix Mendelssohn's music for the movie. The resulting film was a financial failure, but the studio was impressed with what Korngold had done with the music. He was offered a contract, which he accepted after some slight hesitation.

His first film score, for Captain Blood (1935), delighted both the studio's executives and millions of filmgoers -- Korngold's music added a richness to the sweeping tale of heroism and triumph over injustice that startled viewers with its inventiveness, adding an extra dimension to the drama, and excitement and beauty of the movie. Over the next two years, Korngold turned in dazzling musical scores for Anthony Adverse (1936), Green Pastures (1936), and The Prince and the Pauper (1937).

In late 1937, he returned to Vienna in hope of premiering a new operatic work, but the growing Nazi influence over politics and art made it impossible for Korngold and his family (all of whom were Jewish) to remain. In early 1938, he accepted a new contract offer from Warner Bros. and got himself and his family to America just before Germany annexed Austria. Korngold spent the next nine years in Hollywood among the movie colony's artistic elite, able to pick and choose his films and always doing superb work. Korngold turned in a dozen memorable scores that defined elegance in film music -- from costumed adventures like The Sea Hawk (1940) to serious drama such as Kings Row (1942).

Following the end of World War II, he returned to Austria and got a harsh reception from a populace resentful of his years in Hollywood, and derision from critics over his melodic, tonal music. Korngold lived his final years comfortably in California, in near complete artistic eclipse. Read less
The Film Music Of Erich Wolfgang Korngold / Gamba
Release Date: 10/18/2005   Label: Chandos Movies  
Catalog: 10336   Number of Discs: 1
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Korngold: Cello Concerto, Etc / Dixon, Shelley, Bamert
Release Date: 08/28/2007   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10433   Number of Discs: 1
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Korngold, Goldmark: Violin Concertos / Vera Tsu, Yu Long
Release Date: 08/05/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553579   Number of Discs: 1
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Film Music Classics - Korngold: Captain Blood;  Young, Et Al
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557704   Number of Discs: 1
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Korngold: Lieder Des Abshieds, Etc / Downes, Finnie
Release Date: 08/28/2007   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10431   Number of Discs: 1
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    Tony Palmer -  The Adventures Of Benjamin Schmid
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    Yarlung Records: 10th Anniversary
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 42482 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 2
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    Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood / Stromberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573369 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Anne Sofie Von Otter - 10 Classic Albums
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    Performer:  Dane Roberts,  Florian Deuter,  Reinhard Goebel,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
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    Korngold: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata / Barati
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95006 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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    Battles In Music
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    Zemlinsky, Bloch, Korngold: Piano Trios / Pacific Trio
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5221 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Ernest Bloch,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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    Rarities of Piano Music, 2013
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 739 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Geirr Tveitt,  Christian Sinding,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
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    Love And Passion In Music
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    Bach, Bartok, Korngold / Nigel Armstrong
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 65007 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
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    As Dreams Fall Apart / New Budapest Orpheum Society
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    A  Recital With Renee Fleming - Vienna At The Turn Of The 20th Century [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108117 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    A Recital with Renee Fleming - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102196 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    You Mean the World to Me / Kaufmann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308771 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 42.
    Pavel Haas, E.w. Korngold, Joseph Haydn
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99011 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Haas,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Franz Joseph Haydn
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  • 43.
    Escape to Paradise - The Hollywood Album / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002145302 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Hanns Eisler  ... 
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  • 44.
    Divergence - Music Of Altman, Korngold & Schoenberg / Kobantschenko, Mallinger, Eggner
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 21306 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Laurie Altman,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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  • 45.
    Waldbuhne / Fleming, Bronfman, Chailly, Marin, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59988 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
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    Waldbuhne / Fleming, Bronfman, Chailly, Marin, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59984 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming
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  • 47.
    Strauss,   Liszt,   Korngold,   Busoni,   Schreker / Yamada, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 186518 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Liszt,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Conductor:  Kazuki Yamada
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  • 48.
    The Glenn Dicterow Collection
    Label: New York Philharmonic   Catalog: 140201 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Béla Bartók,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Glenn Dicterow
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Alan Gilbert,  David Robertson,  John T. Williams
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    Play It Again: Classic Sound Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303384 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Daniele Amfitheatrof,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - Concertos, Sonatas & more...
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5438882 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
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