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Drei Lieder, Op 22


The unhappy aftermath of Heliane was still haunting Korngold when he composed the Op 22 songs. The opera—the sheer ambition of which, along with its problematic libretto, makes it extremely difficult to perform successfully—had not achieved the acclaim its composer dreamed of, and a rivalry engineered by his father between it and another new opera, Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf, had backfired horribly against Korngold. By 1928, he was furthermore struggling to support Luzi and their two small sons, and had taken a job arranging and conducting operettas for the Theater an der Wien; it was through this that, crucially, he met the theatre director Max Reinardt. His nervousness about revisiting the world of Heliane showed in his decision to adopt a more straightforward language and greater transparency in his music. The exquisite Was du mir bist? is a prime example of this; Korngold’s response to Eleanore van der Straaten’s love poetry ideally suits the words.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2008


Korngold: Sonnett für Wien & other songs
SIGCD160Download only


No 1: Was du mir bist?
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Track 9 on SIGCD160 [3'13] Download only
No 2: Mit dir zu schweigen
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Track 10 on SIGCD160 [1'59] Download only
No 3: Welt ist stille eingeschlafen
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Track 11 on SIGCD160 [3'14] Download only

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