Erich Wolfgang Korngold

James Murray presents his vision of the multitalented Korngold (1897-1957), a Wunderkind whose compositions were widely praised. Leaving Europe in 1934, he settled in Hollywood and became an Oscar-winning film composer for Anthony Adverse and The Adventures of Robin Hood.


Der Schneemann (Moderato)BBC PO BamertCHAN 96318
Märchenbilder (The Gnomes)BBC PO BamertCHAN 96314
Schauspiel Overture BBC PO BamertCHAN 96311
Violanta PreludeBBC PO BamertCHAN 963110
Sextet for Strings *Aron Quartet+CPO 777 60021
Much AdoLAO PrevinDGG 453 43625–7
Was du mir bist (Op.22, 1)Von OtterDGG 459 6312CD2, 5
Tote Stadt
Mariettas Lied
Von OtterDGG 459 6312CD2,13
Tote Stadt
Mein Sehnen
PreyMagdalen METCD 8003CD2, 13
Tote Stadt—Prelude Act 2LeinsdorfRCA GD 87767CD1, 8
Wunder der Heliane, openingMauceriDecca 436 636 CD1, 1
Mid. Night's DreamAlbrechtCPO 999 449223
Robin HoodGerhardtRCA GD 809128
Sea HawkGerhardtRCA GD 878901
Kings RowGerhardtGD 878906
Between Two WorldsGerhardtGD 878903
Violin Concerto, openingShahamDGG 439 88624
Symphony—2nd movement *PrevinDGG 453 43622
Tomorrow (Escape Me Never)GerhardtRCA 8789010

The two items marked * were omitted for lack of time.


James Murray prepared a handout for his talk but unfortunately left it behind in Cornwall! You can download it here. (Copyright © 2018 James Murray)

Appreciation by Derek Mear

It was good to welcome James again for his talk on Korngold, who is at long last receiving due recognition in the classical field. For example the violin concerto is being played quite consistently in our concert halls. Korngold's wunderkind youth was naturally stressed, and after he was driven from Europe by the Nazis his considerable fame in Hollywood writing for the films. James' talk was well received and we look forward to another return visit.


There was a good turnout for the first meeting of the season

James is an enthusiast of the movies that Korngold composed for.