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A mini-documentary about the Orchestra of the Swan, an ensemble has done a huge amount to re-establish Hans Gál’s music within the repertoire.

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“Gál was a master of his craft. He was an accomplished pianist and a fine cellist and, as with many other Adler students, he was also a musical polymath: his doctoral dissertation had… Continue reading

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“Charlie Chaplin, Eisler’s friend in postwar Hollywood, described the ruthlessness of the Eisler siblings as coming out of one of Shakespeare’s histories. Hanns Eisler’s use of music as a ‘political weapon’ would be… Continue reading

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    “Korngold went on to concoct a Johann Strauss pastiche entitled Das Lied der Liebe as a vehicle for Richard Tauber, as well as arranging two operettas by Leo Fall: Rosen aus… Continue reading

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“Operetta by Jewish composers and librettists suffered a particularly iniquitous post-Hitler legacy. The Third Reich’s guardians of public morality removed popular works and replaced them with alternatives from which all social satire and… Continue reading

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“While it is true that Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s most progressive music was composed while still a teenager, he equally loved the nostalgia of Viennese operetta. In arranging the works of others, he saw a… Continue reading

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“Erich Wolfgang Korngold, on the other hand – composer of Violanta, Der Ring des Polykrates and Die tote Stadt – is the only true contemporary opera composer who has been able to balance… Continue reading

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Pierrot’s Lied from the second act of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt… sung by Bo Skovhus in the 2006 production at the Liceu Barcelona (originally mounted at the Salzburg Festival).

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“Korngold was far classier than anyone Hollywood had encountered before, and everyone was in awe of him. His contract was unique, and he was spared the assembly line methods of other studio composers.… Continue reading

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold and family in New York in 1935.