Track 3: Improvisations on the opera Violanta - E. W. Korngold, piano
Hans Mueller's story for my first opera, 'Violanta' - which Bruno Walter introduced in Munich in 1916, and which was to become one of Maria Jeritza's most admired roles - is set against a background of fifteenth century Venice. Love, hatred and murder weave their threads when beautiful Violanta wants to revenge the suicide of her beloved sister who had been loved and deserted by Alfonso - only to fall himself a victim to the seducer. I have tried to recreate the passionate atmosphere in my improvisation.
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: