Korngold - Complete Songs | Capriccio C5252

Korngold - Complete Songs

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Label: Capriccio

Cat No: C5252

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th October 2015



From his first attempts at composition, Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote songs. The earliest surviving example – Der Knabe und das Veilchen - dates from early 1905 when Korngold was just seven years old. It reveal the nascent style of the mature composer and is recorded here for the first time, together with a number of individual songs, only recently published.

Here are little songs for family birthdays, the Shakespeare lieder written for various theatre productions by Max Reinhardt, the Kaiserin Zita-Hymne, up to Korngold’s final song Sonett für Wien Op.41, composed in 1950, as a tribute to Vienna, the city of Korngold's youth, then in ruins after the war.

As one of the last exponents of the Austro-Germanic lied, which lasted almost two centuries, Korngold occupies a special place in that tradition, and his exceptional contributions are finally being rediscovered, after decades of neglect. This comprehensive recording is a further welcome step in the process.

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