ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957): Schauspiel Overture, Op. 4, Märchenbilder, Op. 3, Prelude and Carnival Music from Violanta, Op. 8, Introduction and Act I from Der Schneemann.
Catalogue Number: 08J076
Reference: 10434 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. BBC Philharmonic; Matthias Bamert. Original 1998 Chandos release.