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Sinfonia of London - John Wilson

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Best known as a composer of film music, Korngold was born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (present-day Brno, Czech Republic) and – as both a pianist and composer – was a child prodigy. Mahler and Strauss were impressed by the young musician, and recommended he study with Zemlinsky rather than ‘waste his time’ attending music conservatory. Korngold emigrated with his family to the USA in 1934, where he went on to revolutionise the Hollywood soundtrack, composing scores for films such as The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Composed between 1947 and 1952, and dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his (only) Symphony is a heartfelt response to the conflict of WWII. The premiere, in 1954 in Vienna, was under-rehearsed and not a success, and the work remained neglected until Rudolf Kempe came across a set of score and parts in Munich and resurrected it.
The Theme and Variations and Straussiana were both commissioned by the Association of American School Orchestras, but Korngold makes no concessions to youth in his writing. Straussiana also reflects his lifelong love of the music of Johann Strauss II. This is the first recording with John Wilson and his new orchestra, the Sinfonia of London. The hand-picked players represent the cream of London’s orchestral musicians, and create an outstanding quality of sound that is evident throughout this exceptional recording. © Chandos

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Symphony in F-Sharp Major, Op. 40 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

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I. Moderato ma energico 00:12:37

Sinfonia of London - John Wilson, Conductor - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer

© 2019 Chandos - ℗ 2019 Chandos

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II. Scherzo. Allegro molto 00:08:27

Sinfonia of London - John Wilson, Conductor - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer

© 2019 Chandos - ℗ 2019 Chandos

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III. Adagio. Lento 00:13:45

Sinfonia of London - John Wilson, Conductor - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer

© 2019 Chandos - ℗ 2019 Chandos

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IV. Finale. Allegro 00:09:54

Sinfonia of London - John Wilson, Conductor - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer

© 2019 Chandos - ℗ 2019 Chandos

Theme & Variations, Op. 42 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

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Theme & Variations, Op. 42 00:07:55

Sinfonia of London - John Wilson, Conductor - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer

© 2019 Chandos - ℗ 2019 Chandos

Straussiana (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

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Straussiana (After J. Strauss II) 00:06:37

Sinfonia of London - John Wilson, Conductor - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer

© 2019 Chandos - ℗ 2019 Chandos

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Best known as a composer of film music, Korngold was born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (present-day Brno, Czech Republic) and – as both a pianist and composer – was a child prodigy. Mahler and Strauss were impressed by the young musician, and recommended he study with Zemlinsky rather than ‘waste his time’ attending music conservatory. Korngold emigrated with his family to the USA in 1934, where he went on to revolutionise the Hollywood soundtrack, composing scores for films such as The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Composed between 1947 and 1952, and dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his (only) Symphony is a heartfelt response to the conflict of WWII. The premiere, in 1954 in Vienna, was under-rehearsed and not a success, and the work remained neglected until Rudolf Kempe came across a set of score and parts in Munich and resurrected it.
The Theme and Variations and Straussiana were both commissioned by the Association of American School Orchestras, but Korngold makes no concessions to youth in his writing. Straussiana also reflects his lifelong love of the music of Johann Strauss II. This is the first recording with John Wilson and his new orchestra, the Sinfonia of London. The hand-picked players represent the cream of London’s orchestral musicians, and create an outstanding quality of sound that is evident throughout this exceptional recording. © Chandos

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