Nach der Operetteneinspielung Die Stumme Serenade, den beiden Volumes der Klavierlieder bei Naxos (hier bzw. hier) erfährt unser Korngold-Aufnahmezyklus nun die vierte und vorerst letzte Edition. Die Holst-Sinfonietta hat zusammen mit dem Tenor Hans Jörg Mammel und dem Bariton Ekkehard Abele die vollständige Bühnenmusik Korngolds eingespielt. Die CD vereint neben der Musik zu Shakespeares Komödie zu Viel Lärmen um Nichts op. 11 auch die World Premiere Recording der Schauspielmusik zu Hans Müller-Einigens Der Vampir.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
Viel Lärmen um Nichts (Much Ado about Nothing), op. 11 (complete version, sung in German)
Der Vampir oder Die Gejagten (The Vampire, or The Hunted) (concert version by C. Bauer and K. Simon, narrated and sung in German)
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„It was to be just a small part of a life that was to revolve around the theatre with opera and film scores that came as two world wars directed and dictated his life. He was, in fact, in the army when he wrote that score while in his appointed rank as Musical Director of his regiment. In seventeen self-contained pieces that were to punctuate the five acts, it was to set the scene for the intended prestigious production of Viel Larmen um Nichts (Much Ado about Nothing) at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna in May 1920. Scored for a chamber orchestra and a solo tenor in a short song, it perfectly captures the mood of the play, the bubbling good humour of the Overture being a special delight. In this recording we have the complete score that extends to forty-eight minutes his orchestration masterly at every twist and turn of the spoken play. Unusual in that it stood as an entity to be added to the play and is here performed in its entirety. By contrast we have a ‘Concert Version’ of the 1922 score Korngold offered to underpin Hans Muller-Einigen’s play Der Vampir oder Die Gejagten (The Vampire, or The Hunted). The performances from the Holst Sinfonietta—numbering seventeen for Shakespeare and six for the Vampire—it has the weight, when required, but is equally transparent and ideally internally balanced in a rather enclosed acoustic. They appear with their founder and conductor, Klaus Simon, with Hans Jörg Mammel for the solo tenor.“ David Denton