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Drei Lieder, Op 18

First line:
Du reine Frau aus Licht und Elfenbein
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The three Kaltneker songs Op 18 are among the most complex Lieder in Korngold’s output. Kaltneker’s unpublished play Die Heilige had sparked into life Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane—effectively a giant, erotic mystery play, the opera is a post-romantic, expressionistic effort on a scale that exceeds even Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, and Korngold threw into it every harmonic and instrumental invention he possibly could—bitonality, polytonality and mysticism ooze from the gargantuan score in an overwhelming paean to the power of love. Kaltneker’s mystical tendencies are likewise present in these three poems; and Korngold gives his settings a similar mystery, harmonic adventure and richness of texture to that of Heliane, with piano writing that is commensurately demanding.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2008

Recordings

Korngold: Sonnett für Wien & other songs
SIGCD160Download only

Details

No 1: In meine innige Nacht
Track 6 on SIGCD160 [4'15] Download only
No 2: Tu ab den Schmerz
Track 7 on SIGCD160 [1'40] Download only
No 3: Versuchung  Du reine Frau aus Licht und Elfenbein
Track 8 on SIGCD160 [2'27] Download only

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