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Korngold, Goldmark: Violin Concertos [Gold CD]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold , Károly Goldmark , Yu Long , Razumovsky Sinfonia Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Razumovsky Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Yu Long
  • Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Károly Goldmark
  • Audio CD (29 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014A0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Moderato Mobile 9:26Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Romance - Andante 8:27Album Only
Listen  3. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Finale - Allegro assai vivace 7:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 28: Allegro Moderato15:23Album Only
Listen  5. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 28: Air - Andante 7:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 28: Moderato - Allegretto13:15Album Only


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two lovely concertos 29 Sep 2007
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Two very accomplished performances of two lush, late Romantic concertos. The Korngold is the better work with a real sense of over ripe decadence, beautifully played on this bargain disc (and even more amazing value on Amazon!) It is tuneful, earnest and musically very satisfying, quite a close ally of his film scores for Hollywood but seriously passionate. The Goldmark is perhaps less memorable but it too gets a fully committed performance from this team. Naxos maintain their usual high standards as far as production values are concerned - good sound, clear notes and no nonsense packaging. One wonders how the full price versions can hope to compete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful romanticism 15 Mar 2005
By William J. Mertens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disk is well worth buying if only for the Korngold concerto. Korngold was born in Austria in the late 19th century and was recognized as a prodigy. Mahler supposedly proclaimed him a genius. Yet Korngold's "classical" output is relatively small. He moved to Hollywood in 1934 and scored about 20 movies, winning 2 Oscars. The time will come when movie music takes its place as serious "classical" music of the 20th century - alongside, e.g., Purcell's music for the popular theater of his own day - but that day is not yet. Korngold's reputation as a "serious" composer probably suffered, but he wrote some fine scores in the European romantic tradition. He became a naturalized US citizen. He wrote this concerto after World War II, and Heifitz premiered it.

It is a work of fine, late romanticism. The Chinese-born but Julliard-trained violinist, Vera Tsu, gives a beautiful performance. A Heifitz performance is still in the catalog. I haven't heard it, but comparisons in any event can be unfair, and Tsu's performance is quite beautiful in its own right and virtuosic when it needs to be. This recording is very easy to enjoy.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performances of Chestnuts! 21 Oct 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The odd thing about the violin concerti by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Karl Goldmark is that though everyone seems to regard these as staples in the orchestral repertoire and popular among concertgoers, there are very few recordings of them. Yes, some of the gold standard recordings such as those by Heifitz are apparently out of the catalogue, but given all the fine young fiddlers on the concert stages it would deem there would be more contemporary recordings.

This CD is a very fine combination of the two works as performed by violinist Vera Tsu and the Razumovsky Sinfonia conducted by Yu Long. Tsu's approach is straightforward which serves these works well. Too often soloists milk the romance found here to the point of sounding maudlin. Though there are violinists with a bigger and richer sound than Tsu's, these readings are respectful of the scores and are very lovely to hear. Yu conducts with thoughtful support, and when the orchestra is given time alone - away from the soloist - Yu pulls out the beautiful melodies and the tensions well. This is a fine introduction to these two concerti and it seems from hearing them performed here that they should once again enter the standard repertoire. Grady Harp, October 05
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Saved by Hollywood & A Transitional Composer 2 Oct 2011
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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Written in 1945, Korngold's romantic, joyful violin concerto has some of the same romp and lyricism as his famous Oscar-winning cinematic music to Robin Hood. He was already an established classical composer before traveling to the United States for the first time in 1934 at the urging of Max Reinhardt to assist in the film, Midsummer Night's Dream. A young student of Zemlinksy and supported by Mahler, Korngold had already composed a piano sontata, incidental music to another Shakespearean play (Much Ado About Nothing), a piano concerto for the left hand, and several operas, and the movie project primed him to an alternative career. He returned to Vienna to conduct opera, but in 1938 quickly returned to Hollywood, with many other Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and Austria. Before his death in 1957, he picked up his classical pen again to compose a cello concerto, a symphony, and other works. Goldmark is a less familiar composer of an earlier generation that moved from classical to romantic styles. His Violin Concerto of 1877 is in the tradition of Mendelssohn, sometimes meditative, sometimes rhapsodic. The violinist of these excellent recordings is Vera Tsu, born in Shang-Hai and educated at Julliard, who is in mid career as soloist and symphony member. Yu Long, also from Shang-Hai, ably leads the Razumovsky Sinfonia of Slovenia. The album is a fine pairing of concerti, linked by ethnicity and region and affording musical generational contrasts: over an hour listening of interesting, satisfying music at a bargain price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying 9 April 2014
By Richard Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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Satisfying performances of 2 less-known works, the Korngold very undeservedly so. Recommended for anyone wondering what's on the other side of the oh-so-standard violin concerto repertoire.
4.0 out of 5 stars It was time! 6 Dec 2009
By Moncho - Published on Amazon.com
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People are realizing just now that Korngold was much more than a music film composer. His concerts and other pieces are delightful. The perfomance in this CD is quite good.
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