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Erich Wolfgang  Korngold

Né: 29 mai 1897
Mort: 29 novembre 1957
Pays d'origine: Autriche
Upcoming :
Chef d'orchestre: Gabriel Feltz
2021-09-19 | Köln (Allemagne), Oper
Chef d'orchestre: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
Orchestre: Orchestre National de Lyon
2021-09-20 | Lyon (France), Auditorium

Music is music whether composed for the stage, the conductor’s desk or for the cinema. The form can change and the method of notation can be different, but the composer cannot make any compromises in what he considers to be his musical convictions. (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was born on 29 May 1897 in Bruenn, Moravia, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Brno, Czech Republic). This musical prodigy was the second son of Julius Korngold, prominent music critic of the Neue Freie Presse. Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini were two of the admirers of the musically precocious child’s compositional ability. Encouraged by his father, Korngold received his first music theory lessons at the age of six. When only nine, he performed his fairy tale cantata “Gold” for Gustav Mahler who immediately recommended Alexander von Zemlinsky as a teacher. In 1910, the ballet-pantomime Der Schneemann received its premiere in the Vienna Court Opera under the baton of Franz Schalk. The work was discussed in the cultural pages of the newspapers and certain critics doubted the authorship of the young composer. In 1916, public acclaim was again achieved with the premiere of the one-act operas Violanta and Der Ring des Polykrates under the direction of Bruno Walter. At the age of 20, Korngold performed his military service as a recruit in the military band of an infantry regiment. Three years later, the triumphal success of his opera Die tote Stadt began on a variety of European stages. With his fourth opera Das Wunder der Heliane (1927), Korngold was caught in the crossfire of a cultural dispute, partially initiated by his father, which had been sparked off by Krenek’s topical opera "Johnny spielt auf”. The cooperation with Max Reinhardt began in 1929 with the adaptation of Johann Strauss’s “Fledermaus”. In 1934, the director invited Korngold to Hollywood for a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". For the next four years, the composer divided his time between Vienna and Hollywood, ultimately settling in Hollywood in 1938, following the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany.
In Hollywood he became one of the most sought after film music composers in the USA. In the post-war years, the composer was unsuccessful in his attempts to re-establish himself on European cultural stages. Korngold died in Hollywood on 29 November 1957.

Korngold’s music theatre works made him the most popularly performed German-speaking opera composer between 1910 and the 1930s alongside Richard Strauss. The opera Die tote Stadt (1916-1919) today continues to be included in the regular music theatre repertoire. The libretto based on Rodenbach’s novel “Bruges-la-morte” was written by Korngold himself in cooperation with his father under the pseudonym Paul Schott. Korngold’s music for the Symbolist, morbid text developed on the back of Late Romantic tonal worlds to form an independent expressive language tracing the psychology of the plot in great detail. Wunder der Heliane (1923-1926) which was considered by the composer as his most significant work marks a turning point in Korngold’s oeuvre. The monumental orchestral forces and the demands on the singers reach the limits of what is performable. During his second career as film music composer for the Warner Brothers Studios, the composer was able to bring the genre of symphonic film music to perfection. Korngold was one of the most influential co-founders of the “sound of Hollywood” with his classics such as “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), “The Sea Hawk” (1940) and “The Sea Wolf” (1941).

The violin concerto (Concerto in D major 1937-1939/1945), the cello concerto (Concerto in C, 1946) and the Symphony in F# for large orchestra (1947-1952) guarantee that Korngold’s works have their place on the concert stage. These three compositions are all late works and connect the expertise of the classical composer with his experiences within the realms of film music. In his concert works, Korngold drew partly on the best thematic material from his film scores, in the creation of his significant post-war compositions. The solo parts are virtuoso, the orchestral writing displays skill in the changes of tonal colouring and the emotionally dense music is characterised by a noble yet yearning melos. Particularly in the symphony, ambitious rhythms are paired with a rugged chromaticism which overflows into atonality.

Korngold’s film music received four Oscar nominations. The composer was awarded the prize for the "Best Original Score" 1936 (“Anthony Adverse”) and 1938 (“The Adventures of Robin Hood”). Since 1995, the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Prize has been awarded by the foundation Deutsche Kinemathek for the lifework of an outstanding film music composer.

1897
Born in Brünn (today Brno) on 29 May, the son of the soon to be Viennese music critic Dr. Julius Korngold
1903
Piano and music theory lessons
1905
First extant composition
June 1906
Plays his fairy-tale cantata "Gold" to Gustav Mahler who pronounces him a genius, recommending that he be sent to Alexander von Zemlinsky for tuition
1909
His father has the first piano sonata and the piano pieces "Don Quixote" and "Der Schneemann" privately printed to send them to musicians
1910
The ballet pantomime "Der Schneemann" is orchestrated by Zemlinsky and performed at the Vienna Court Opera. Universal Edition prints the Piano Trio, Op. 1
1911/12
With the "Sinfonietta" based on "Motiv des fröhlichen Herzens", Korngold demonstrates his mastery of the large late-Romantic orchestra
1916
The two one-act operas "Violanta" and "Der Ring des Polykrates" are premièred in Munich under the direction of Bruno Walter. Siegfried Trebisch draws Korngold's attention to Rodenbach´s novel "Bruges-la-morte" which he himself translated into German. On the basis of this material, Julius and Erich Korngold work on the libretto of the opera "Die tote Stadt" under the pseudonym "Paul Schott"
1917
The twenty-year-old is called up as a recruit into the military band of an infantry regiment
1920
Première of the opera "Die tote Stadt". The Symbolist, Art Nouveau-related work with decorative and expressionist elements in the music sets out on a triumphant tour of the European theatres
1921
Finishes "Lieder des Abschieds" for alto and orchestra
1923
Korngold arranges "Eine Nacht in Venedig" by Johann Strauss for the Theater an der Wien
1924
Marries Luise von Sonnenthal. Earns additional money by conducting and by arranging operettas
1927
Première of the opera "Das Wunder der Heliane" which Korngold considers to be his most important work. It does, however, not become as successful as his previous operas: this time, Křenek's "Jonny spielt auf" is the opera of the year. Korngold is appointed professor at the Vienna Academy of Music
1929
Begins collaborating with Max Reinhardt: new production of "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss in Berlin
1932
Starts to work at the opera "Die Kathrin". Première of the "Baby-Serenade" in which Korngold, for the first time, incorporates jazz elements in his style
1934/35
First stay in America: Korngold arranges Mendelssohn´s music for Max Reinhardt´s film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1935/36
Second stay in America: Korngold writes film scores for Paramount and Warner. "Anthony Adverse" receives an "Oscar" for the best film music of the year 1936
1937
Première of the song cycle "Unvergänglichkeit". The interest of the Viennese public is waning, the political situatuion in Austria gets increasingly worse for Korngold
1938
Back to Hollywood, the Korngolds are taken by surprise by the "Anschluss" of Austria by National Socialists. It is only now that Korngold decides to write film scores regularly. for the music of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" he is awarded his second Oscar
1939
Première of the opera "Die Kathrin" in Stockholm
until 1946
Korngold composes mainly film music, using his income to support many refugees. Together with Max Steiner, he stands for a new music style in Hollywood: the highly illustrative but independent music partly intervenes in the story of the film by expressing atmosphere and introducing leitmotifs
from 1945
Makes attempts to return to classical absolute music: in 1946 première of the Cello Concerto, in 1947 première of the Violin Concerto. Both works are inspired by film scores
1949
Returns to Vienna. Successful première of the "Symphonic Serenade" Op. 39 in 1950, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. Other Korngold performances are poorly attended, getting bad reviews
1951
Disappointed, the Korngolds go back to America
1951
Radio première of "Die stumme Serenade"
1947-52
Creates his last major work, the "Symphony in F sharp"
1954
Trip to Europe to attend both the première of the symphony and the scenic première of the comedy "Die stumme Serenade" (The Silent Serenade), and to supervise the scoring of his last film assignment "Magic Fire" – a biography of Richard Wagner
1957
Korngold plans another symphony and an opera after Grillparzer´s "Das Kloster bei Sendomir". Dies on 29 November as a result of a cerebral thrombosis
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  1. Abendlandschaft

    Abendlandschaft

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7383
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  2. Angedenken

    Angedenken

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7384
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  3. Aussicht

    Aussicht

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7385
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  4. Das Mädchen

    Das Mädchen

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7386
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  5. Der Friedensbote

    Der Friedensbote

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7387
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  6. Die Geniale

    Die Geniale

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7388
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  7. Die Sperlinge

    Die Sperlinge

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7389
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  8. Reiselied

    Reiselied

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7390
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  9. Sangesmut

    Sangesmut

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    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
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    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7391
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  10. Vesper

    Vesper

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    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7392
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Profil

Music is music whether composed for the stage, the conductor’s desk or for the cinema. The form can change and the method of notation can be different, but the composer cannot make any compromises in what he considers to be his musical convictions. (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was born on 29 May 1897 in Bruenn, Moravia, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Brno, Czech Republic). This musical prodigy was the second son of Julius Korngold, prominent music critic of the Neue Freie Presse. Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini were two of the admirers of the musically precocious child’s compositional ability. Encouraged by his father, Korngold received his first music theory lessons at the age of six. When only nine, he performed his fairy tale cantata “Gold” for Gustav Mahler who immediately recommended Alexander von Zemlinsky as a teacher. In 1910, the ballet-pantomime Der Schneemann received its premiere in the Vienna Court Opera under the baton of Franz Schalk. The work was discussed in the cultural pages of the newspapers and certain critics doubted the authorship of the young composer. In 1916, public acclaim was again achieved with the premiere of the one-act operas Violanta and Der Ring des Polykrates under the direction of Bruno Walter. At the age of 20, Korngold performed his military service as a recruit in the military band of an infantry regiment. Three years later, the triumphal success of his opera Die tote Stadt began on a variety of European stages. With his fourth opera Das Wunder der Heliane (1927), Korngold was caught in the crossfire of a cultural dispute, partially initiated by his father, which had been sparked off by Krenek’s topical opera "Johnny spielt auf”. The cooperation with Max Reinhardt began in 1929 with the adaptation of Johann Strauss’s “Fledermaus”. In 1934, the director invited Korngold to Hollywood for a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". For the next four years, the composer divided his time between Vienna and Hollywood, ultimately settling in Hollywood in 1938, following the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany.
In Hollywood he became one of the most sought after film music composers in the USA. In the post-war years, the composer was unsuccessful in his attempts to re-establish himself on European cultural stages. Korngold died in Hollywood on 29 November 1957.

Korngold’s music theatre works made him the most popularly performed German-speaking opera composer between 1910 and the 1930s alongside Richard Strauss. The opera Die tote Stadt (1916-1919) today continues to be included in the regular music theatre repertoire. The libretto based on Rodenbach’s novel “Bruges-la-morte” was written by Korngold himself in cooperation with his father under the pseudonym Paul Schott. Korngold’s music for the Symbolist, morbid text developed on the back of Late Romantic tonal worlds to form an independent expressive language tracing the psychology of the plot in great detail. Wunder der Heliane (1923-1926) which was considered by the composer as his most significant work marks a turning point in Korngold’s oeuvre. The monumental orchestral forces and the demands on the singers reach the limits of what is performable. During his second career as film music composer for the Warner Brothers Studios, the composer was able to bring the genre of symphonic film music to perfection. Korngold was one of the most influential co-founders of the “sound of Hollywood” with his classics such as “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), “The Sea Hawk” (1940) and “The Sea Wolf” (1941).

The violin concerto (Concerto in D major 1937-1939/1945), the cello concerto (Concerto in C, 1946) and the Symphony in F# for large orchestra (1947-1952) guarantee that Korngold’s works have their place on the concert stage. These three compositions are all late works and connect the expertise of the classical composer with his experiences within the realms of film music. In his concert works, Korngold drew partly on the best thematic material from his film scores, in the creation of his significant post-war compositions. The solo parts are virtuoso, the orchestral writing displays skill in the changes of tonal colouring and the emotionally dense music is characterised by a noble yet yearning melos. Particularly in the symphony, ambitious rhythms are paired with a rugged chromaticism which overflows into atonality.

Korngold’s film music received four Oscar nominations. The composer was awarded the prize for the "Best Original Score" 1936 (“Anthony Adverse”) and 1938 (“The Adventures of Robin Hood”). Since 1995, the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Prize has been awarded by the foundation Deutsche Kinemathek for the lifework of an outstanding film music composer.

œuvre
Chronologie
1897
Born in Brünn (today Brno) on 29 May, the son of the soon to be Viennese music critic Dr. Julius Korngold
1903
Piano and music theory lessons
1905
First extant composition
June 1906
Plays his fairy-tale cantata "Gold" to Gustav Mahler who pronounces him a genius, recommending that he be sent to Alexander von Zemlinsky for tuition
1909
His father has the first piano sonata and the piano pieces "Don Quixote" and "Der Schneemann" privately printed to send them to musicians
1910
The ballet pantomime "Der Schneemann" is orchestrated by Zemlinsky and performed at the Vienna Court Opera. Universal Edition prints the Piano Trio, Op. 1
1911/12
With the "Sinfonietta" based on "Motiv des fröhlichen Herzens", Korngold demonstrates his mastery of the large late-Romantic orchestra
1916
The two one-act operas "Violanta" and "Der Ring des Polykrates" are premièred in Munich under the direction of Bruno Walter. Siegfried Trebisch draws Korngold's attention to Rodenbach´s novel "Bruges-la-morte" which he himself translated into German. On the basis of this material, Julius and Erich Korngold work on the libretto of the opera "Die tote Stadt" under the pseudonym "Paul Schott"
1917
The twenty-year-old is called up as a recruit into the military band of an infantry regiment
1920
Première of the opera "Die tote Stadt". The Symbolist, Art Nouveau-related work with decorative and expressionist elements in the music sets out on a triumphant tour of the European theatres
1921
Finishes "Lieder des Abschieds" for alto and orchestra
1923
Korngold arranges "Eine Nacht in Venedig" by Johann Strauss for the Theater an der Wien
1924
Marries Luise von Sonnenthal. Earns additional money by conducting and by arranging operettas
1927
Première of the opera "Das Wunder der Heliane" which Korngold considers to be his most important work. It does, however, not become as successful as his previous operas: this time, Křenek's "Jonny spielt auf" is the opera of the year. Korngold is appointed professor at the Vienna Academy of Music
1929
Begins collaborating with Max Reinhardt: new production of "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss in Berlin
1932
Starts to work at the opera "Die Kathrin". Première of the "Baby-Serenade" in which Korngold, for the first time, incorporates jazz elements in his style
1934/35
First stay in America: Korngold arranges Mendelssohn´s music for Max Reinhardt´s film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1935/36
Second stay in America: Korngold writes film scores for Paramount and Warner. "Anthony Adverse" receives an "Oscar" for the best film music of the year 1936
1937
Première of the song cycle "Unvergänglichkeit". The interest of the Viennese public is waning, the political situatuion in Austria gets increasingly worse for Korngold
1938
Back to Hollywood, the Korngolds are taken by surprise by the "Anschluss" of Austria by National Socialists. It is only now that Korngold decides to write film scores regularly. for the music of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" he is awarded his second Oscar
1939
Première of the opera "Die Kathrin" in Stockholm
until 1946
Korngold composes mainly film music, using his income to support many refugees. Together with Max Steiner, he stands for a new music style in Hollywood: the highly illustrative but independent music partly intervenes in the story of the film by expressing atmosphere and introducing leitmotifs
from 1945
Makes attempts to return to classical absolute music: in 1946 première of the Cello Concerto, in 1947 première of the Violin Concerto. Both works are inspired by film scores
1949
Returns to Vienna. Successful première of the "Symphonic Serenade" Op. 39 in 1950, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. Other Korngold performances are poorly attended, getting bad reviews
1951
Disappointed, the Korngolds go back to America
1951
Radio première of "Die stumme Serenade"
1947-52
Creates his last major work, the "Symphony in F sharp"
1954
Trip to Europe to attend both the première of the symphony and the scenic première of the comedy "Die stumme Serenade" (The Silent Serenade), and to supervise the scoring of his last film assignment "Magic Fire" – a biography of Richard Wagner
1957
Korngold plans another symphony and an opera after Grillparzer´s "Das Kloster bei Sendomir". Dies on 29 November as a result of a cerebral thrombosis
Représentations
Chef d'orchestre: Gabriel Feltz
2021-09-19 | Köln (Allemagne), Oper
Chef d'orchestre: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
Orchestre: Orchestre National de Lyon
2021-09-20 | Lyon (France), Auditorium
Chef d'orchestre: Jakub Hrůša
Orchestre: Bamberger Symphoniker
2021-09-21 | Praha (République tchèque)
Chef d'orchestre: Gabriel Feltz
2021-09-22 | Köln (Allemagne), Oper
2021-09-24 | London (Royaume Uni), Wigmore Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Gabriel Feltz
2021-09-25 | Köln (Allemagne), Oper
Chef d'orchestre: Rasmus Baumann
Orchestre: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2021-10-02 | Gelsenkirchen (Allemagne), Musiktheater im Revier
Chef d'orchestre: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
Orchestre: Orchestre National de Lyon
2021-10-02 | Lyon (France), Auditorium
2021-10-03 | Zürich (Suisse), kleine Tonhalle
Chef d'orchestre: Yao-Yu Wu
Orchestre: National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
2021-10-08 | Taipei (Taiwan), National Concert Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
2021-10-10 | Wien (Autriche), Konzerthaus | Streaming
Chef d'orchestre: Klaus Mäkelä
Orchestre: Orchestre de Paris
2021-10-13 | Paris (France), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Klaus Mäkelä
Orchestre: Orchestre de Paris
2021-10-14 | Paris (France), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Adam Klocek
Orchestre: Orkiestra Filharmonii Czestochowskiej
2021-10-16 | Czestochowa (Pologne), Filharmonia
Chef d'orchestre: Ivan Repušić
Orchestre: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2021-10-17 | Kiel (Allemagne), Wunderino-Arena
Chef d'orchestre: Rasmus Baumann
Orchestre: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2021-10-18 | Gelsenkirchen (Allemagne), Musiktheater im Revier
Chef d'orchestre: Christophe Millet
2021-10-19 | Angers (France), Conservatoire, Auditorium
Chef d'orchestre: Viron Fidetzis
Orchestre: Athens Philharmonia Orchestra
2021-10-20 | Athens (Grèce), Concert Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestre: The Cleveland Orchestra
2021-10-21 | Cleveland, OH (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Severance Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestre: The Cleveland Orchestra
2021-10-23 | Cleveland, OH (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Severance Hall
2021-10-24 | Kaiserslautern (Allemagne), SWR Studio
Chef d'orchestre: Daniele Rustioni
Orchestre: Ulster Orchestra
2021-10-29 | Belfast (Royaume Uni), Ulster Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Markus Poschner
Orchestre: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
2021-10-30 | Bellinzona (Italie)
Chef d'orchestre: Markus Poschner
Orchestre: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
2021-10-31 | Udine (Italie)
Chef d'orchestre: Kevin John Edusei
Orchestre: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
2021-11-04 | Liverpool (Royaume Uni), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Lorenzo Viotti
Orchestre: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2021-11-04 | Roma (Italie), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Chef d'orchestre: Kevin John Edusei
Orchestre: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
2021-11-05 | Liverpool (Royaume Uni), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Lorenzo Viotti
Orchestre: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2021-11-05 | Roma (Italie), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Chef d'orchestre: Lorenzo Viotti
Orchestre: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2021-11-06 | Roma (Italie), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia
Chef d'orchestre: Holly Choe
Orchestre: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2021-11-07 | Zürich (Suisse), Tonhalle
Chef d'orchestre: Holly Choe
Orchestre: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2021-11-07 | Zürich (Suisse), Tonhalle
Chef d'orchestre: Pietari Inkinen
Orchestre: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2021-11-07 | Saarbrücken (Allemagne), SR Sendesaal
Chef d'orchestre: Rasmus Baumann
Orchestre: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2021-11-12 | Recklinghausen (Allemagne), Festspielhaus
Chef d'orchestre: Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Orchestre: Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
2021-11-13 | Bristol (Royaume Uni), St. George's
Chef d'orchestre: James Conlon
Orchestre: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2021-11-14 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: James Conlon
Orchestre: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2021-11-15 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: James Conlon
Orchestre: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2021-11-16 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
2021-11-20 | Stuttgart (Allemagne), Liederhalle, Mozartsaal
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
2021-11-21 | Bayreuth (Allemagne), Das Zentrum
2021-12-01 | New York, NY (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Lothar Koenigs
Orchestre: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
2021-12-01 | München (Allemagne), Nationaltheater | Reprise
Chef d'orchestre: Rasmus Baumann
Orchestre: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2021-12-03 | Gelsenkirchen (Allemagne), Musiktheater im Revier
Chef d'orchestre: Lothar Koenigs
Orchestre: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
2021-12-04 | München (Allemagne), Nationaltheater
Chef d'orchestre: Lothar Koenigs
Orchestre: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
2021-12-07 | München (Allemagne), Nationaltheater
Chef d'orchestre: Lothar Koenigs
Orchestre: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
2021-12-10 | München (Allemagne), Nationaltheater
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2021-12-14 | Dresden (Allemagne), Semperoper | Reprise
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2022-01-02 | Dresden (Allemagne), Semperoper
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2022-01-09 | Dresden (Allemagne), Semperoper
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-15 | Wien (Autriche), Musikverein
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-16 | Wien (Autriche), Musikverein
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-17 | Graz (Autriche), Congress, Stephaniensaal
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-18 | Graz (Autriche), Congress, Stephaniensaal
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-19 | Salzburg (Autriche), Großes Festspielhaus
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-20 | Salzburg (Autriche), Großes Festspielhaus
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-01-21 | Bregenz (Autriche), Festspielhaus
Chef d'orchestre: Stéphane Denève
Orchestre: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2022-01-27 | Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), Het Concertgebouw
Chef d'orchestre: Andris Nelsons
Orchestre: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2022-01-27 | Leipzig (Allemagne), Gewandhaus
Chef d'orchestre: Stéphane Denève
Orchestre: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2022-01-28 | Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), Het Concertgebouw
Chef d'orchestre: Andris Nelsons
Orchestre: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2022-01-28 | Leipzig (Allemagne), Gewandhaus
Chef d'orchestre: Duncan Ward
Orchestre: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2022-01-30 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Stéphane Denève
Orchestre: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2022-01-30 | Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), Het Concertgebouw
Chef d'orchestre: Duncan Ward
Orchestre: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2022-01-31 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Duncan Ward
Orchestre: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2022-02-01 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2022-02-06 | Wien (Autriche), Staatsoper | Reprise
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2022-02-09 | Wien (Autriche), Staatsoper
Chef d'orchestre: Jakob Brenner
Orchestre: Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz
2022-02-09 | Chemnitz (Allemagne), Stadthalle
Chef d'orchestre: Jakob Brenner
Orchestre: Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz
2022-02-10 | Chemnitz (Allemagne), Stadthalle
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2022-02-11 | Wien (Autriche), Staatsoper
Chef d'orchestre: Alan Gilbert
Orchestre: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
2022-02-12 | Hamburg (Allemagne), Elbphilharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Thomas Guggeis
2022-02-14 | Wien (Autriche), Staatsoper
Chef d'orchestre: Krzysztof Urbański
Orchestre: Münchner Philharmoniker
2022-02-20 | München (Allemagne), Isarphilharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Krzysztof Urbański
Orchestre: Münchner Philharmoniker
2022-02-21 | München (Allemagne), Isarphilharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathon Heyward
Orchestre: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
2022-02-27 | Bad Oeynhausen (Allemagne), Theater im Park
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathon Heyward
Orchestre: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
2022-03-01 | Detmold (Allemagne), Konzerthaus
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathon Heyward
Orchestre: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
2022-03-02 | Paderborn (Allemagne), PaderHalle
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathon Heyward
Orchestre: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
2022-03-03 | Minden (Allemagne), Stadttheater
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathon Heyward
Orchestre: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
2022-03-04 | Herford (Allemagne), Stadtpark, Schützenhof
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathon Heyward
Orchestre: Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
2022-03-05 | Bad Salzuflen (Allemagne), Konzerthalle
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2022-03-06 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: David Robertson
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-03-18 | Wien (Autriche), Konzerthaus
Chef d'orchestre: David Robertson
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-03-18 | Wien (Autriche), Konzerthaus
Chef d'orchestre: David Robertson
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-03-19 | Wien (Autriche), Konzerthaus
Chef d'orchestre: David Robertson
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-03-20 | Wien (Autriche), Konzerthaus
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-04-16 | Wien (Autriche), Musikverein
Chef d'orchestre: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestre: Wiener Symphoniker
2022-04-17 | Wien (Autriche), Musikverein
Produits

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  1. Abendlandschaft

    Abendlandschaft

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7383
    2,99 €  *
  2. Angedenken

    Angedenken

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7384
    2,99 €  *
  3. Aussicht

    Aussicht

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7385
    2,99 €  *
  4. Das Mädchen

    Das Mädchen

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7386
    2,99 €  *
  5. Der Friedensbote

    Der Friedensbote

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7387
    2,99 €  *
  6. Die Geniale

    Die Geniale

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7388
    2,99 €  *
  7. Die Sperlinge

    Die Sperlinge

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7389
    2,99 €  *
  8. Reiselied

    Reiselied

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7390
    2,99 €  *
  9. Sangesmut

    Sangesmut

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7391
    2,99 €  *
  10. Vesper

    Vesper

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
    Numéro de volume : Band 1
    Instrumentation : medium voice and piano
    Langue : deutsch
    N° Réf. : ED 8902 Q7392
    2,99 €  *

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