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Eusebius Quartet|Korngold: Chamber Works

Korngold: Chamber Works

Eusebius Quartet, Alasdair Beatson

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Wonderful !
Hailed by musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky as “the very last breath of the romantic spirit of Vienna”, Korngold’s stellar beginnings in Europe’s concert halls and opera houses were later overshadowed by his success in America where his soaring symphonic signature forged the template for the Hollywood soundtrack. But, as Korngold authority Brendan G. Carroll notes in his informative booklet essay, the composer’s “relatively small body of chamber works… is no less impressive and actually offers a succinct distillation of his style and voice, often to considerably profound effect”.

The earliest work here is the string quartet arrangement of the suite drawn from his 1920 incidental music to Shakespeare’s Viel Lärmen um Nichts ("Much Ado About Nothing"). Its glowing Intermezzo is heard in the world premiere recording of Tom Poster’s sumptuous new arrangement.

The following year’s Op. 15 Piano Quintet was composed shortly after Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt, and, Carroll notes, “its flamboyant, heroic melodic style owes much to the residual influence of that epic score”. The Op. 26 Second String Quartet from 1933 “is one of the most intensely "Viennese" works Korngold ever wrote”. The jolly, bubbling humour of its opening gives way to a rich, expansive Larghetto before concluding with a spirited hymn to that most Viennese of dance forms, the waltz. © SOMM Recordings.

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Piano Quintet in E major, Op. 15 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

1
I. Mäßiges Zeitmaß, mit schwungvoll blühendem Ausdruck
00:12:32

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Alasdair Beatson, Artist, MainArtist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

2
II. Adagio. Mit größter Ruhe, stets äußerst gebunden und ausdrucksvoll
00:11:48

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Alasdair Beatson, Artist, MainArtist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

3
III. Finale. Gemessen, beinahe pathetisch - Allegro giocoso
00:08:39

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Alasdair Beatson, Artist, MainArtist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

4 Pieces from Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", Op. 11 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

4
No. 1, Mädchen im Brautgemach (Version for String Quartet)
00:03:16

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

5
No. 2, Holzapfel und Schlehwein (Version for String Quartet)
00:02:37

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

6
No. 3, Gartenscene (Arr. T. Poster for String Quartet & Piano)
00:01:57

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Alasdair Beatson, Artist, MainArtist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

7
No. 4, Mummenschanz (Version for String Quartet)
00:02:19

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

String Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 26 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

8
I. Allegro
00:07:33

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

9
II. Intermezzo. Allegretto con moto
00:03:59

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

10
III. Larghetto - Lento
00:08:23

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

11
IV. Waltz. Tempo di valse
00:05:20

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer - Beatrice Philips, Artist - Venetia Jollands, Artist - Hannah Shaw, Artist - Hannah Sloane, Artist - Eusebius Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 SOMM Recordings (P) 2021 SOMM Recordings

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Wonderful !
Hailed by musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky as “the very last breath of the romantic spirit of Vienna”, Korngold’s stellar beginnings in Europe’s concert halls and opera houses were later overshadowed by his success in America where his soaring symphonic signature forged the template for the Hollywood soundtrack. But, as Korngold authority Brendan G. Carroll notes in his informative booklet essay, the composer’s “relatively small body of chamber works… is no less impressive and actually offers a succinct distillation of his style and voice, often to considerably profound effect”.

The earliest work here is the string quartet arrangement of the suite drawn from his 1920 incidental music to Shakespeare’s Viel Lärmen um Nichts ("Much Ado About Nothing"). Its glowing Intermezzo is heard in the world premiere recording of Tom Poster’s sumptuous new arrangement.

The following year’s Op. 15 Piano Quintet was composed shortly after Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt, and, Carroll notes, “its flamboyant, heroic melodic style owes much to the residual influence of that epic score”. The Op. 26 Second String Quartet from 1933 “is one of the most intensely "Viennese" works Korngold ever wrote”. The jolly, bubbling humour of its opening gives way to a rich, expansive Larghetto before concluding with a spirited hymn to that most Viennese of dance forms, the waltz. © SOMM Recordings.

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