Korngold - Symphony in F sharp, Theme and Variations, Straussiana
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Cat No: CHSA5220
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th August 2019
Symphony in F sharp major, op.40
Theme and Variations, op.42
ArtistsSinfonia of London
Korngold emigrated with his family to the USA in 1934, where he went on to revolutionise the Hollywood soundtrack, composing scores for films such as The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Composed between 1947 and 1952, and dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his (only) Symphony is a heartfelt response to the conflict of WWII. The premiere, in 1954 in Vienna, was under-rehearsed and not a success, and the work remained neglected until Rudolph Kempe came across a set of score and parts in Munich and resurrected it.
The Theme and Variations and Straussiana were both commissioned by the Association of American School Orchestras, but Korngold makes no concessions to youth in his writing. Straussiana also reflects his lifelong love of the music of Johann Strauss II.
Formed originally in 1955, the Sinfonia of London was re-established in 2018 by the British conductor John Wilson to devote itself, at least initially, to recording projects of which this release is the first.
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