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Korngold: Songs, Vol. 1

Album Summary

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Lieder (3) for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Unverganglichkeit, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 27
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Songs of the Clown, for voice & piano, Op. 29
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Lieder (4) (from Shakespeare) for voice & piano, Op. 31
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Lieder (12), ("So Gott und Papa will") for voice & piano, Op. 5
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Sechs Einfache Lieder (Six Simple Songs), Op. 9
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Angedenken (Remembrance), song for voice & piano
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Vesper (unpublished), for voice & piano
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Reiselied (unpublished), for voice & piano
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die Geniale (unpublished), for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Korngold followed in the footsteps of the great late romantic composers Strauss, Mahler and Pfitzner, his unwavering commitment to refined melody, ravishing harmony and formal coherence earning him the reputation of a musical anomaly in the face of the rising avant garde. Yet these very characteristics now drive immense interest in his music, among which the varied songs on this album rank among his most intimate and imaginative small-scale works.

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The attractive young voices of soprano Britta Stallmeister and baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus fall easily on the ear and their interpretations offer many perceptive and poetic insights, as do the deft piano parts that are much more than mere adornments.

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The recordings were made in two different sessions with the same pianist, Klaus Simon, also a conductor and the man in charge of the Korngold songs project. The songs themselves, especially the later ones, are rather simple in structure and undemanding of the voice, and they are rendered pretty well here by the two German singers. Stallmeister's Renaissance English is good in the Shakespeare works.

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That said, there's no denying the talents of the young Korngold, whose early output of 1911 - 1913 is remarkably assured for one so young. Who else but a prodigy would dare to set poems by the great Eichendorff, these Op. 5 songs bound and presented to the composer's unyielding father? There's a vigour and clarity to the piano writing that's most appealing - just sample 'Das StSndchen' - while 'Winternacht' is darkly Schubertian. The baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus has a pleasing range and smoothness of line; he's nimble in 'Das MSdchen' and wonderfully inward in 'Abendlandschaft'.



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>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Lieder (3) for voice & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Klaus Simon (Piano); Britta Stallmeister (Soprano)
  • Notes: Theodor Egel Saal, Freiburg-Ebnet, Germany (11/18/2007-11/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Unvergänglichkeit, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 27
  • Performers: Klaus Simon (Piano); Britta Stallmeister (Soprano)
  • Notes: Theodor Egel Saal, Freiburg-Ebnet, Germany (11/18/2007-11/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Songs of the Clown, for voice & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Klaus Simon (Piano); Britta Stallmeister (Soprano)
  • Notes: Theodor Egel Saal, Freiburg-Ebnet, Germany (11/18/2007-11/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Lieder (4) (from Shakespeare) for voice & piano, Op. 31
  • Performers: Klaus Simon (Piano); Britta Stallmeister (Soprano)
  • Notes: Theodor Egel Saal, Freiburg-Ebnet, Germany (11/18/2007-11/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Lieder (12), ("So Gott und Papa will") for voice & piano, Op. 5
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Sechs Einfache Lieder (Six Simple Songs), Op. 9 :: no 4. Liebesbriefchen (A Little Love Letter)
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911-1916

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Sechs Einfache Lieder (Six Simple Songs), Op. 9 :: no 5. Das Heldengrab am Pruth (The Hero's Grave at
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911-1916

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Sechs Einfache Lieder (Six Simple Songs), Op. 9 :: no 6. Sommer (Summer)
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911-1916

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Angedenken (Remembrance), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Vesper (unpublished), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/28/1911

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Reiselied (unpublished), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 09/06/1911

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die Geniale (unpublished), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Uwe Schenker-Primus; Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: Schlossbergsaal, Freiburg, Germany (04/14/2008-04/16/2008)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1914