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Korngold Quartets

String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 16
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26
String Quartet No. 3 in D, Op. 34

Doric String Quartet

Chandos CHAN 10611 [2009, 79'57"]

Far more convincing here than at Wigmore Hall in April, Korngold's 1st Quartet comes across in this fine, sonorous recording as a very worthy major work by this incredibly givted young composer, who had completed it as relaxation after the rigours of composing the Die Todt Stadt opera.

No 2 is light weight, 22 mins as against the former's 32, and has a scintillating intemezzo and a celebration of Viennese waltz finale.

The third and last draws upn Korngold's very successful film music; his Hollywood contract authorised re-cycling of music which he feared would quickly disappear; but the films proved so popular that they are still around on DVD etc...

An excellent, well-filled disc, (my wife wondered if they had to hurry a bit to get them all on, but i trust not) which should help to restore these quartets to the repertore.

Peter Grahame Woolf