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Drei Lieder, Op 22

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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

Recordings

Korngold: Sonnett für Wien & other songs
SIGCD160Download only

Details

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

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD160 track 9

Was du mir bist?
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-09-16009
Duration
3'13
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 9
    Release date: March 2009
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