Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing

Catalogue Number: TOCC0160
EAN: 5060113441607
Release Date: 1 April 2013
Duration: 68:07

Much Ado about Nothing, Op. 11
Movements without dialogue

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Drama Soloists, actors
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
John Mauceri, conductor

Korngold’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing, premiered in Vienna in 1920, enjoyed instant success and soon spread round the world in a series of arrangements that are still performed today. But the music has not been heard as Korngold intended since that first production. For this recording, made in conjunction with its fully staged US premiere, Korngold’s complete score was reconstructed from the original Viennese materials and is played here by the chamber-orchestral forces for which it was written.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 68:07
1-18 Much Ado about Nothing, Op. 11 (1918–1919)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Drama Soloists, actors
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
John Mauceri, conductor

(includes first recordings)
46:51
1 Ouvertüre 5:02 play
2 Kriegsmusik (War Music) 0:24 play
3 Don Juan (Don John) – Act I, scene 2 0:24 play
4 Mummenschanz (Hornpipe) – Prelude to Act II 2:22 play
5 Festmusik (Festive Music) – Act II, scene 1, with dialogue 5:16 play
6 [Change of Scene] 0:24 play
7 Don Juan – Dialogue between Don John and Borachio 0:24 play
8 Gartenmusik (Garden Music) – Prelude to Act III, with Benedick’s soliloquy 6:36 play
9 Lied des Balthasar (Balthasar’s Song) 2:46 play
10 Intermezzo – with Beatrice’s soliloquy 2:57 play
11 Holzapfel und Schlehwein (Marsch der Wache) (Dogberry and Verges (March of the Watch)) 2:35 play
12 Mädchen im Brautgemach (Maiden in the Bridal Chamber) – Prelude to Act IV 3:43 play
13 Kirchenszene (Church Scene) – Act IV, scene 2, with Leonato’s line 0:52 play
14 Gerichtszene (Judgement Scene) 1:29 play
15 Trauermusik (Funeral Music) – Prelude to Act V, with Claudio’s monologue 4:50 play
16 [Change of Scene] – with Don Pedro’s line 0:45 play
17 Intermezzo – final wedding scene, with dialogue 3:20 play
18 Schlusstanz (Final Dance) – with Benedick’s final line 2:42 play
19-23 Movements without dialogue (1918–1919)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
John Mauceri, conductor
21:16
19 Festmusik (Festive Music) 4:38 play
20 Gartenmusik (Garden Music) 6:36 play
21 Intermezzo 2:43 play
22 Trauermusik (Funeral Music) 4:50 play
23 Schlusstanz (Final Dance) 2:29 play

Artists

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer

UNCSA Drama Soloists in Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Drama Soloists, actors
[credit: G. Allen Aycock]

UNCSA Symphony Orchestra

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, orchestra

John Mauceri

John Mauceri, conductor

Reviews

...this is an important, one-of-a-kind project, and we can be happy for this chance to hear all of Korngold’s tuneful late-Romantic score.

Lee Passarella Audiophile Audition 8th October 2013

Comments

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A truly outstanding and highly revealing release, which fully restores this masterpiece and also presents music not heard since 1920. The presentation could hardly be bettered and the use of Korngold's original partitur from Vienna makes this the Urtext recording for this work. Thank you Martin!

Brendan G Carroll 10 June 2013

The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd. This has a genuine whiff of the theatre about it, which no doubt comes from being based on an actual production of the play - in fact the US premiere. John Mauceri conducts a small pit band of skilled students, and the orchestration of the 21-year-old Wunderkind is lovingly played. His own notes refer to the Richard Strauss 'Bourgeois Gentilhomme' music of a few years earlier, and this is very much the world of Ariadne auf Naxos - harmonium and all. You can hear the future film composer here too, with an ability to create an atmosphere in 24 seconds.

The recording is quite close - you can imagine an off-Broadway theatre - with the voices even closer. There's no attempt to link the extracts, other than in the liner notes; so inevitably it's bitty, but they're lovely bits. It would be great to hear it done in the Uk now -enterprising university department maybe?

Niall Hoskin email website 22 March 2013