Track 8: Overture: Much Ado About Nothing, Suite
Austria State Symphony Orchestra
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, conductor
I wrote the incidental music to Shakespeare's play in 1919, as Op. 11. It was performed at Schoenbrunn Castle and the Burg Theatre In Vienna, later by more than one hundred symphony orchestras in Europe and in the United States. A special adaptation for violin and piano is in the repertory of Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifetz.
Overture: A whirling comedy rhythm indicates the verbal duel between the hostile lovers, Beaatrice and Benedick. A lyrical second theme reveals their true feelings for each other. And the final percussion crescendo confirms with the twinkle of an eye: Much ado about nothing .... E.W.K.
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: