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CD Review

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

  • Das Wunder Der Heliane Op. 20
  • Much Ado About Nothing (excerpts)
  • Cello Concerto in C Major, Op. 37
  • Der Sturm
  • 'Kanns Heut Nicht Fassen' – aria from 'Der Ring Des Polykrates'
  • Waltz from 'Der Schneemann'
  • 'Die Kathrin', Op. 26
Wendy Nielsen, soprano
Zuill Bailey, cello
Linz Theater Choir
Bruckner Orchestra Linz/Caspar Richter
Academy Sound & Vision CDDCA1146 58m DDD
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This is the latest instalment in AS&V's excellent Korngold series and it contains many tantalizing titbits that cover a wide area of the composer's output. The Bruckner Orchestra Linz under Caspar Richter's direction offer some fine performances.

'Das Wunder Der Heliane', an intriguing work is represented by the Introduction and a Prelude together with a substantial aria that is excellently sung by Wendy Nielsen. The music is lush and romantic as are the delightful excerpts from 'Much Ado About Nothing', a fine Shakespearian score that is also quite ravishingly played.

However the real plumb on this disc is the famous Cello Concerto from the film, 'Deception'. I got to know this wonderful work from an RCA LP with Alfred Newman conducting the National Symphony Orchestra and can safely say that Bailey is a most persuasive advocate of this lush romantic piece.

Further excerpts from another fine opera, 'Die Kathrin', the short choral piece, 'Der Sturm' and a roving waltz conclude the disc. As I have already pointed out repeatedly, performances are polished and excellently recorded. This is a disc to treasure and that also includes the main rivals on CD, the Chandos series under Bamert which is also highly commendable. Korngold enthusiasts will probably want both!

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech