Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Last Prodigy: Complete Chronological Korngold on Spotify

"Erich Wolfgang Korngold's career bridged astonishing gaps in history and music - from the final years of Imperial Austria, when he was hailed as 'a new Mozart', to Hollywood in the heyday of the studio system, to the darkened era of postwar Europe. In Vienna of the 1920s, his name evoked the best that engagingly melodic, tonal music had to offer in the concert hall or the opera house; in Hollywood he was synonymous with the swashbucklers of Errol Flynn. He was encouraged by Gustav Mahler to pursue his musical studies, and his teachers included Alexander Von Zemlinsky."  -  AllMusic

"While his compositional style was considered well out of vogue at the time he died, his music has more recently undergone a reevaluation and a gradual reawakening of interest. Along with such composers as Max Steiner and Alfred Newman, he is considered one of the founders of film music." - Wikipedia

This playlist is a chronological collection of Korngold's compositions, from Der Schneemann, premiered at the Vienna Court Opera when the composer was 12-year-old, to his last original work, the Theme and Variations for school orchestra. Film scores are also included.

Get this collection in one Spotify playlist: Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Complete Chronological Catalogue (505 tracks, total time: 34 hours). Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view.


  1. This is impressively thorough. I tried to do a search for Korngold and could only find about half of these works. Only 500 of the 505 tracks are available in the US (the Piano Concerto being the biggest notable loss) but I have another recording of that piece already. Thanks!

    1. You have more tracks available than UK users, the opera Violanta and some film music on Sony are Spotify US only.

      Piano Concerto and a few other recordings from Chandos are not on Spotify, since the label pulled out in 2010. I kept them just as "placeholders". Hope Chandos change their mind.


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