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ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

Son of an eminent music critic in Vienna, Korngold showed great precocity and impressed even Mahler by his abilities. He had his first public success as an 11-year-old, with a ballet staged at the Vienna Court Opera. He came to Hollywood in 1934 at the behest of Max Reinhardt, to adapt Mendelssohn’s music for the Warner Bros. film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He then traveled between Hollywood and Vienna for four years, permanently settling in the US in 1938, at the time of the Anschluss. Korngold earned two Oscar awards for Anthony Adverse (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and four Oscar nominations.

Operas

Korngold won success in 1916 with his operas Violanta and The Ring of Polycrates. Still more successful was the opera Die tote Stadt (‘The Dead City’) first staged on the same evening in Hamburg and Cologne in 1920. The work is a dream-story, suggesting the work of Maeterlinck or Edgar Allan Poe, haunted by ideas of death. The opera was internationally successful and has recently been revived. His other operas were Das Wunder der Heliane and Die Kathrin.

Orchestral Music

Korngold’s Violin Concerto, eventually written after the war, as the demands of Hollywood diminished, is Romantic in style and popular among performers since its first public rendition by Heifetz in 1947.

Film Music

The music that Korngold wrote for the cinema has a distinction of its own, apart from the films for which it was written, and on occasions provided him with material for later use in another context.

Instrumental and Chamber Music

Korngold wrote his First Piano Sonata at the age of 12, adding a second soon after, with a third in 1930. The greater part of his chamber music was written before he left Austria.


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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 YEARS DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN - Centennial Edition (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107528
Opera DVD
40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Film and TV Music
A TO Z OF OPERA Naxos Educational
8.555037-38
Opera
A TO Z OF OPERA (The) (2nd expanded edition) Naxos Educational
8.558216-17
Opera
AS DREAMS FALL APART - The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music, 1925–1955 (New Budapest Orpheum Society) Cedille
CDR90000-151
Film and TV Music
BARBER, S. / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concertos / WAXMAN, F.: Carmen Fantasie (Gilman, Cape Town Philharmonic, Perry So) Oehms Classics
OC799
Concertos
BARTÓK, B.: Violin Sonata / BACH, J.S.: Violin Sonata No. 3 / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (Armstrong) Yarlung Records
YAR65007
Concertos
BATTLES IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578293-94
Film and TV Music
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.554682
Opera
CINEMA CLASSICS 1999 Naxos
8.551183
Opera
Classics at the Movies: Comedy 2 Naxos
8.556812
Opera
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
FILM THEMES FOR ORGAN (Carter) Delos
FA8102
Film and TV Music
FIVE SAX: Five Sax at the Movies Orlando Records
OR0016
Film and TV Music
GREAT SINGERS (1904-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110781-82
Opera
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947) Naxos Historical
8.112073
Chamber Music
Historical Romances Marco Polo
8.223608
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD / GOLDMARK: Violin Concertos Marco Polo
8.225908
Concertos
KORNGOLD / GOLDMARK: Violin Concertos Naxos
8.553579
Concertos
KORNGOLD, E.W. / MARTINU, B.: String Sextets / SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklarte Nacht (Czech Philharmonic Sextet) ArcoDiva
UP0019-2
Chamber Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Adventures of Robin Hood (The) Delos
FA8104
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Korngold Project (The), Vol. 1 - Suite / Piano Trio (Rowland, Mitchell, Arp, Magalhães) TwoPianists
TP1039282
Chamber Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Much Ado about Nothing / Sinfonietta (Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgards) Ondine
ODE1191-2D
Orchestral
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio / SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklärte Nacht (arr. for piano trio) (Fidelio Trio) Naxos
8.572758
Chamber Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio in D Major / IVES, C.: Piano Trio (Pacific Art Trio) Delos
DE1009
Chamber Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Sea Hawk (The) / Symphony in F-Sharp Major (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3234
Film and TV Music, Orchestral
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Sinfonietta, Op. 5 / Violin Concerto, Op. 35 (Mathe) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90216
Orchestral, Concertos
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Songs, Vol. 1 (Stallmeister, Schenker-Primus, K. Simon) Naxos
8.572027
Vocal
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Symphony in F-Sharp Major, Op. 40 / Tanzchen im alten Stil (Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgards) Ondine
ODE1182-2
Orchestral
KORNGOLD, E.W.: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Moscow Symphony, Stromberg) Marco Polo
8.225268
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Moscow Symphony, Stromberg) Naxos
8.573369
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Tote Stadt (Die) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1983) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101656
Opera DVD
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Tote Stadt (Die) (Finnish National Opera, 2010) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1121D
Opera DVD
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Tote Stadt (Die) (Vogt, Pavlovskaya, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Weigle) Oehms Classics
OC948
Opera
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto / DVARIONAS, B.: Violin Concerto (Gluzman, Hague Residentie Orchestra, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-1822
Concertos
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto / Schauspiel Overture / Much Ado About Nothing Suite (Quint, Mineria Symphony, Prieto) Naxos
8.570791
Orchestral, Concertos
KORNGOLD, Erich Wolfgang: Adventures of a Wunderkind (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100362
Classical Documentary
KORNGOLD: Adventures of Robin Hood Marco Polo
5.220501
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD: Another Dawn / Escape Me Never Marco Polo
8.223871
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD: Captain Blood / STEINER: The Three Musketeers Marco Polo
8.223607
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD: Captain Blood / STEINER: The Three Musketeers / YOUNG: Scaramouche Naxos
8.557704
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD: Devotion Marco Polo
8.225038
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD: Piano Works Marco Polo
8.223384
Instrumental
KORNGOLD: Sea Hawk (The) / Deception Naxos
8.570110-11
Film and TV Music
KORNGOLD: Tote Stadt (Die) Naxos
8.660060-61
Opera
KORNGOLD: Tote Stadt (Die) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100343
Opera DVD
KORNGOLD: Tote Stadt (Die) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100342
Opera DVD
KORNGOLD: Violin Sonata, Op. 6 / Piano Quintet, Op. 15 Marco Polo
8.223385
Chamber Music
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 6 (1924-1925) Naxos Historical
8.111400
Chamber Music
LOVE AND PASSION IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578289-90
Film and TV Music
MOZART, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto / GLIERE, R.: Harp Concerto / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto (Manz, Ceysson, Park, Bavarian Radio Symphony) BR-Klassik
900106
Concertos
Opera Arias (Baritone): Bonelli, Richard - AMBROISE, T. / MASSENET, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / GIORDANO, U. / VERDI, G. / WAGNER, R. (1934-1946) Delos
DE5502
Opera
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Opera
RECITAL WITH RENÉE FLEMING (A) - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108117
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
RECITAL WITH RENÉE FLEMING (A) - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102196
Classical Concert, Opera DVD
ROMANCE OF THE SILVER SCREEN (The) Naxos
8.578005-06
Film and TV Music
STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto / MAHLER, G.: Ruckert-Lieder (Bytnarova, Novotny, Brno Philharmonic, Turnovsky) ArcoDiva
UP0108-2
Concertos
STRAUSS, R.: Metamorphosen / KORNGOLD: String Sextet in D Major (arr. for string orchestra) Oehms Classics
OC242
Orchestral
TAUBER, Richard: I'm in Love with Vienna (1926-1941) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120555
Nostalgia
TAUBER, Richard: Opera Arias (1919-1926) Naxos Historical
8.110729
Opera
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Concerto / CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto (Heifetz) (1950-1953) Naxos Historical
8.111359
Concertos
The Hall of Fame Marco Polo
8.225911
Chinese Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF FLIGHT: American Pageant (An) Altissimo
75442261912
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Korcsolan, Orsolya / Mali, Emese - KORNGOLD, E.W. / GOLDMARK, K. (KornGoldmark) Solo Musica
SM202
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Oldak, Maria / Baillieu, James - SZYMANOWSKI, K. / DEBUSSY, C. / KREISLER, F. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. (Modern Times) CD Accord
CDAccordACD193
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann - GERSHWIN, G. / KROLL, W. / FOSTER, S. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / KORNGOLD, E.W. (Souvenir d'Amerique) Oehms Classics
OC861
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Joseph Lin Naxos
8.557067
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Oelze, Christiane - GROSZ, W. / ULLMANN, V. / KORNGOLD, E.W. / WEILL, K. Capriccio
C71062
Vocal
VOICES OF OUR TIME: Anne Sofie von Otter TDKDVD
DV-VTASO-EUR
Classical Concert
WALDBÜHNE IN BERLIN 2009-2011 (3 Blu-Ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD) EuroArts
2059984
Opera DVD
WALDBÜHNE IN BERLIN 2009-2011 (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059988
Opera DVD
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2010 - An Evening with Renee Fleming (Marin) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2058074
Opera DVD
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2010 - An Evening with Renee Fleming (Marin) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058078
Opera DVD
YARLUNG RECORDS - 10th Anniversary Yarlung Records
YAR42482
Concertos
ZEMLINSKY, A.: Piano Trio, Op. 3 / BLOCH, E.: 3 Nocturnes / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio, Op. 1 (Pacific Trio) Capriccio
C5221
Chamber Music

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Adventures of Robin Hood (The) Delos
FA8104
Film and TV Music
TAUBER, Richard: Operetta Arias (1921-1932) Naxos Historical
8.110779
Operetta





 
 
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