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‘I remember the excitement and joy with which the ensemble first delved into this music and the conviction that much of Korngold’s output is first-class music deserving of a much larger segment of the concert stage. I suppose seventeen years is an unusually long preparation phase by today’s standards, but each and every moment of the process has been worthwhile and enriching. As an old musician friend of mine often says: “There are no shortcuts.”’

Frank S. Dodge
artistic director
Spectrum Concerts Berlin

OCT 2020
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio, Op. 1 / String Sextet, Op. 10
8.574008
Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897–1957)
Piano Trio, Op. 1
String Sextet, Op. 10

Spectrum Concerts Berlin • Frank S. Dodge, Artistic Director

Korngold’s breathtaking precocity is everywhere in evidence in these two chamber masterpieces. The Piano Trio was composed when he was just twelve years old but its symphonic breadth and brilliantly demanding piano writing reveal myriad tonal colours and a mischievous reinvention of conventional Viennese form. Audacious yet rooted in lyricism, the String Sextet was written almost five years later and possesses memorable themes as well as a refined, theatrical intimacy. Spectrum Concerts Berlin has also recorded acclaimed discs of Hindemith (8.572213) and Toch (8.559324 and 8.559282) for Naxos.

Listen to an extract from String Sextet in D Major, Op. 10:
IV. Finale: Presto
NOV 2020
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Suite, Op. 23 / Piano Quintet, Op. 15
8.574019
Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897–1957)
Suite, Op. 23
Piano Quintet, Op. 15

Spectrum Concerts Berlin

Erich Korngold was described as ‘arguably the most remarkable prodigy in history’, whose transition into artistic maturity was almost seamless. The successes of his youth continued with works such as the Piano Quintet, Op. 15, in which the brilliant interplay of the instruments, songful expressiveness and dramatic power create a masterpiece of weight and substance. The Suite, Op. 23 is a highly virtuosic piece in which Korngold leads us on a monumental stroll through a gallery of European musical history, from Bach via Beethoven to the early 20th century. Spectrum Concerts Berlin has also recorded Korngold’s Piano Trio, Op. 1 and String Sextet, Op. 10 for Naxos (both on 8.574008).

Listen to an extract from Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15:
I. Mäßiges Zeitmaß, mit schwungvoll blühendem Ausdruck
About the Artists
Boris Brovtsyn
Violin
Clara-Jumi Kang | © Adil Razali
Clara-Jumi Kang
Violin
Yura Lee
Viola
Gareth Lubbe | © Adil Razali
Gareth Lubbe
Viola
Jens Peter Maintz
Cello
Torleif Thedéen
Cello
Eldar Nebolsin
Piano
Spectrum Concerts Berlin was founded by the American cellist Frank Dodge in 1988 and has become one of Germany’s most significant voices in the world of chamber music. Reviewers have showered praise for years, both in reviews of their live performances at the Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal, and of their recordings. Spectrum Concerts Berlin members include, in addition to those on these recordings, Janine Jansen, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Alexandra Conunova, Amihai Grosz, Jacob Katsnelson, Ya-Fei Chuang, Robert Levin, and many others
Highly acclaimed recordings by Spectrum Concerts Berlin
★★★★
‘No praise is too high for Spectrum Concerts Berlin, who spare no effort in bringing Schulhoff freshly to life.’
Gramophone
★★★★★
★★★★
‘Splendid playing, marked by perfect intonation, ensemble balance,
and tonal warmth.’
Fanfare
★★★★
‘Naxos is to be thanked for this slightly unusual issue and the performances
are excellent.’
MusicWeb International
‘Played to perfection by the folks of Spectrum Concerts Berlin…
This is an excellent disc.’
Audiophile Audition ★★★★
For the full list of the Spectrum Concerts Berlin’s discography on Naxos, please visit
https://www.naxos.com/person/Spectrum_Concerts_Berlin/33373.htm


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