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Sonnett für Wien, Op 41

First line:
Du Stadt, du Psalm, aus Gottes Mund erklungen
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A eulogy to the lost world of pre-First World War Vienna, the Sonnett für Wien is Korngold’s last song, dating from 1953. Its theme is a resetting in basically duple time of the soaring waltz tune that graced the score of a movie entitled Escape Me Never, with which ‘turkey’ of a film it had vanished too quickly. The words are an unpublished sonnet by Hans Kaltneker, the poet who had penned the play on which Korngold’s biggest opera, Das Wunder der Heliane, was based. By 1953 Vienna was a shadow of its former self; there, on his short-lived return in 1950, Korngold, formerly such a celebrity, met with little other than cold shoulders.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2008

Recordings

Korngold: Sonnett für Wien & other songs
SIGCD160Download only

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD160 [3'14] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD160 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-09-16001
Duration
3'14
Recording date
27 May 2008
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Korngold: Sonnett für Wien & other songs (SIGCD160)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 2009
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