Although I am glad I bought this disc it did not quite meet my expectation. As a Korngold fan it had all the elements of the special magic he is able to conjure but in the last resort the story proved deficient in not making Violanta a character that I could sympathise with. There are some wonderful moments but not in sufficient quantity to match the heights reached by some of his other works. The recording was good, although I think it favoured the soprano slightly: the singing I found first class. Notwithstanding my personal views I recommend this disc to all Korngold fans.