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Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Track 1: Improvisations on the opera Die Kathrin - E. W. Korngold, piano

from CRQ 449 KORNGOLD PLAYS AND CONDUCTS KORNGOLD ON MASTERSEAL VIENNA 1951 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer, pianist, conductor

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Track 1: Improvisations on the opera Die Kathrin - E. W. Korngold, piano

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My last opera, 'Die Kathrin', was composed between 1932 and 1937 to lyrics by Ernst Decsey. The opening. scheduled by the Vienna State Opera for March, 1938, with Jarmila Novotna and Richard Tauber, was forbidden by Hitler. 'Die Kathrin' appeared first in Stockholm, on October 7, 1939, and on October 19, 1950, at the Vienna State Opera. My improvisation is based on the letter scene of the first act. Kathrin, as Swiss servant girl working n Southern France, writes a tearful farewell letter to her Soldier friend. E.W.K.

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from CRQ 449 KORNGOLD PLAYS AND CONDUCTS KORNGOLD ON MASTERSEAL VIENNA 1951, released February 23, 2021
In 1952 the American record label Masterseal, initially a high-end subsidiary of Don Gabor's Remington label, published a long playing record of Erich Wolfgang Korngold playing a selection of his compositions on the piano and conducting the Austria State Symphony Orchestra (possibly either the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra or the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra) in the Suite from his incidental music to Shakeseare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing. These recording sessions probably took place in 1951 and were arranged by Dr. Marcel Prawy (1911-2003) who had close links with Gabor, and was a major figure in Austrian musical life throughout his career. The original LP contained notes on each selection by the composer and these are included here on the relevant tracks, which have been rearranged to bring together all the piano pieces and orchestral pieces in consecutive order. The original LP also contained a recording of the duet from Die Tote Stadt sung by Hilde Zadek, soprano, and Anton Dermota, tenor, with the Austria State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Loibner, which is also included here as an appendix. The original Masterseal LP was reissued as a Varese Sarabande LP in the early 1980s. Further information about Marcel Prawy and the Masterseal label may be found at:
www.soundfountain.org/rem/remprawy.html

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