Kirill Petrenko: Korngold’s symphony is very importantmain
Rolling out the next Berlin Philharmonic season,the incoming chief conductor has placed particular emphasis in under-performed orchestral works from the past century. Of the greatest personal importance, he says, is the Symphony in F-sharp by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the composer’s only symphonic work, premiered in Vienna in 1954 to universal deprecation.
The symphony is built around themes from the 1939 Hollywood theme The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, with Bette Davis and Errol Flynn.
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