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4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious music, 26 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Korngold: Violanta - The Sony Opera House (Audio CD)
As a newcomer to Korngold I was extremely impressed with the textures and quality of his music. It washes over you in abundance, with the obvious influence of Richard Strauss.

Korngold seemed to want to test his singers, because what is clear is that both roles of Alfonso and Voilanta are hefty tasks. Marton and Jerusalem rise to the occasion with merit. Jerusalem, in particular, surprising me with his powerful upper range. The story is a little dry, almost as if Korngold wanted an anachronistic plot to allow him to wallow in ravishing music of times gone by(?).

Be warned, the disc comes only with a short synopsis and I would have preferred a libretto, but that said this is an opera that deserves to be double-billed with something - like Il Tabarro (for a dark evening).
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