Aside from a handful of orchestral works, Hollywood film scores, and the opera Die tote Stadt, the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold has mostly slipped into obscurity, and this is especially true of his European works. The post-Romantic style that was popular in Vienna in Korngold's youth was all but forgotten when he returned to Europe after World War II, and the dominance of serialism and avant-garde techniques in the 1950s made his music seem outdated. Not until the 1970s did interest in Korngold become widespread again, and such works as his Symphony in F sharp major and the Violin Concerto in D major, as well as his scores for The Sea Hawk, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Captain Blood, won him a new following. All the same, the Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1 (1909-10), and the Suite for 2 violins, cello, and piano, left hand, Op. 23 (1930), are still seriously neglected, along with the bulk of his music from his teens and twenties. The Korngold Project on TwoPianists Records attempts to address this problem, and violinists Daniel Rowland and Priya Mitchell, cellist Julian Arp, and pianist Luis Magalhães play the Suite and the Piano Trio with passion and sensitivity, and give their series an auspicious beginning. The only drawback is the highly resonant sound of the recital hall where these live recordings were made, which diminishes the group's sound and makes the piano seem unusually tinny.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Suite for 2 violins, cello & piano left piano left hand, Op. 23|
|Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1|