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  • Conductor: Andr Previn
  • Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GYP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, op.40 - 1. Moderato, ma energicoLondon Symphony Orchestra15:55£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, op.40 - 2. Scherzo: Allegro molto - TrioLondon Symphony Orchestra10:32£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, op.40 - 3. Adagio: LentoLondon Symphony Orchestra16:09£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, op.40 - 4. Finale: Allegro gaioLondon Symphony Orchestra10:31£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Korngold: Much ado about nothing - Incidental Music - No. 2 The Maiden in the Bridal ChamberLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Korngold: Much ado about nothing - Incidental Music - No. 3 Dogberry and VergesLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing - Incidental Music - No. 4 IntermezzoLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Korngold: Much ado about nothing - Incidental Music - No. 5 MasqueradeLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The Korngold symphony is a serious piece of music, in an entirely different vein to his exciting, colourful film scores. The symphony's slow third movement is especially attractive. The sound on this disc is first class, detailed but less lush than the newer Chandos version - which suits the music well. Compare this CD with the tremendous classic Korngold film scores CD, also on DG with Previn and the LSO, and you'll appreciate the versitility of composer and conductor. Thoroughly recommended.
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The principal work on this CD is Erich Korngold's Symphony in f sharp major that was first performed in 1954, three years before the composer's death. I have always found this a rather difficult work to listen to. It seems to me to have a disturbing undercurrent throughout, though that is not to say that it is not a worthwhile piece of late 20th century music. It is certainly more in the spirit of the second Viennese school of composers than Brahms or Strauss. It lacks the reassuring tonality of the violin concerto, for example, or even of the other work on this disc - the suite for chamber orchestra that Korngold produced for a 1920 production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in Vienna. This is a completely accessible work for any music lover and makes a sharp contrast with its companion piece. The works are performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn.
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If This Isn't In Your Korngold Collection, Wait No Longer! 9 May 1999
By William F. Flanigan Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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If this CD isn't in your basic Eric Wolfgang Korngold (EWK) collection, wait no longer! Five stars out of five for composition (Symphony in F Sharp, Op 40), performance, and sound quality. But a curious CD title ("Korngold Symphony"), since EWK wrote several symphonies (including the Sinfonietta in B Major, Op 05). Some specifics from an EWK enthusiast, hardly a critic. Op 40's first movement is startling, gripping, and, well, sharp (I first played it in the car, and drove right past my usual turn off!). The second movement seems a bit long and borderline tedious (maybe my ears were just exhausted). A welcomed breather comes with the beautiful third movement. For film fans, it provides perhaps what the last portion of the score for The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) might have sounded like had EWG done his own orchestration (this film score is also a must for your basic EWK CD library). The final movement is a bit of a roller-coaster ride with recapitulations from earlier movements. All in all, a very emotion-draining composition (also an EWK trademark). The Much Ado Suite (Op 11), isn't, well, much. The pre-teen EWK wrote far better (like Der Schneemann (The Snowman) (1908), another must for your collection). Film fans will enjoy a 19-year "sneak preview" of fragments from what would become the score for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)--yes, another "must." But, stacked up side-by-side with Op 40, Much Ado hasn't a change. Consider it a pretty bonus.
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A very fine recording of the Symphony 8 Oct 2012
By Wayne Barker - Published on Amazon.com
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold is my favorite composer; there is no contest. I can listen to his music indefinitely; they seem never to lose their opulence or vitality. Some people have Cool Jazz on 24 hours a day; some, all-Sinatra;

The Symphony in F# is an extraordinary work and it is gratifying there are now so many recordings of it.

It is now published by Eulenberg in study score format (5" x 7") and I encourage any musicians out there who love Korngold (especially if you know only his film music) to obtain the score of this Symphony and follow along with a recording of it; it will blow your mind how detailed it is.

Someday the Korngold film scores will be programmed by orchestras as full concert pieces in their own right, like Mahler symphonies, and then we will see published study score editions of the film scores -- I only hope I live long enough to own the complete set.

What is odd and disappointing about this recording is that the "Much Ado About Nothing" suite omits the Overture, one of Korngold's most inspired bursts of orchestral energy. Did they run out of time at the recording session, or not get a suitable take?

[By the way -- Korngold lovers: Do not miss the "Much Ado" selections on the TWO Caspar Richter CDs; Richter has unearthed 4 additional movements from Korngold's incidental music; all told they make for a very satisfying nine-movement, new-and-improved Korngold treasure.]
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Fair to Midland 6 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In this performance, the LSO isn't as tight as it could be, and it suffers from some problems with intonation. The recording quality is only a little lumpy, but well balanced. The music itself is beautiful, and I myself have not tired of any of the movements in the F sharp symphony, and find the second (scherzo) perhaps my favorite. The Much Ado suite is as elegant as any of Korngold's earlier works--not at all simplistic or childish, but rather astoundingly sophisticated. The longest of the suite's pieces is just over 3 minutes, so they could only bore one of a particularly short attention span. I recommend this disc highly, but gave it a 4 star rating because of coordination and intonation problems. I would only give 5 stars to something that is flawless or just very musically played. I would characterize this performance as highly competent.
Collector item... 26 Jan 2014
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andre Previn achieved another artistic feat with this Korngold's Opus. This incidental music should be much more played in the musical stages around the world. Its emotional impact and relenteless efervescence will capture your whole attention from start to finish.

But if you add the fact the LSO is totally inspired, you will have everything you request.

A memorable performance indeed.
Wunderkind 13 Sep 2013
By ilprofessore - Published on Amazon.com
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Now that film musicians are being taken seriously as composers, much of Korngold's lost early work has finally been recorded. Particularly interesting is this score for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, which Korngold composed in 1918-1919 when he was in his early twenties. It has his rousing melodies and original orchestration which would be his trademark at Warner Bros. He was one of the brightest lights to appear on the musical stage in Vienna before Hitler.
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