ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957): Symphony in F Sharp, Op. 40, Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14.
Catalogue Number: 08J073
Reference: 10431 X
Description: Although cpo did their complete Korngold first, Chandos has its sterling sound quality and what is now considered one of the top few orchestras in England. Full texts in three languages and song-texts where necessary give this a full-price look. As to the music, everyone must know by now how Korngold's talent sprung fully-formed in his early teens, making such extravagant works as the Sinfonietta and colorfully delicate ones like Märchenbilder the equal in quality to his late symphony and two concertos. German-English texts. Linda Finnie (contralto), BBC Philharmonic; Sir Edward Downes. Original 1993 Chandos release.