Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Symphony in F sharp
Tänzchen im alten Stil

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor



Booklet with liner notes in English and Finnish


March 2011 (Finland)
April 2011 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1182-2


Track listing

CD 61:17
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
Symphony in F sharp, Op. 40 53:48
1 I. Moderato, ma energico 15:55
2 II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 11:03
3 III. Adagio: Lento 15:36
4 IV. Finale: Allegro 11:11
5 Tänzchen im alten Stil (1917) 7:18

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Press review

A reading of the Symphony that has prompted me to reevaluate my relationship with the work. (...) Not even Kempe characterized this music so vividly and Storgårds knocks the perfunctory Franz Welser-Möst right out of the ballpark. (...) Ondine's engineering is excellent (...). Strongly recommended!
Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, July/August 2011

John Storgards typically pays great attention to details of string articulation and to Korngold's always glittering textures.
David Hurwitz,, May 2011

Une nouvelle réussite à créditer à un chef toujours étonnant.
Pierre-Jean Tribot,, 16.5.2011, La Clef

Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri ja John Storgårds (...) uljaalla tulkinnalla, jossa uhkaavasävyinen avausosa puhkeaa lopussa kinemaattisen virtuoosiseksi finaaliksi. HKO:n vasket loistavat kultivoituneella paatoksella ja hitaasta osasta kaivetaan esiin tummat pohjavärit.
Antti Häyrynen, Rondo Classic, 5.2011

Das Philharmonische Orchester Helsinki zaubert unter der Leitung von John Stohrgards diese Breitwandsinfonie ausdrucksstark und nuancenreich auf unsere innere Leinwand. Dieses nordische Traditionsorchesters hat hier wirkliche Pionierarbeit geleistet (...).
Petra Rieß, NDR Kultur, 1.4.2011

(...) Helsingin kaupunginorkesterilla, joka on Suomen paras yhtye muhevaan myöhäisromantiikkaan. (...) Korngoldin musiikki vaatii orkesterilta sekä Hollywood-makeutta, tukevaa myöhäisromantiikkaa että Prokofjev-tyylistä iskukykyä. John Storgårds ja Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri pystyvät vastaamaan kaikkiin näihin haasteisiin, ja etenkin Suomen parhaat vasket pauhaavat uskottavasti.
Kare Eskola, YLE Radio 1, 24.3.2011

Complete description

This Erich W. Korngold disc couples the monumental Symphony in F sharp with the world première recording of a rare discovery piece, Tänzchen im alten Stil.

The 50-minute Symphony in F sharp major is Korngold's only symphony, written in a late Romantic style. Composed between 1947-1952, it is dedicated to the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt (who died in 1945). Dimitri Mitropoulos wrote in 1959 about this masterpiece: "All my life I have searched for the perfect modern work. In this symphony I have found it."

Tänzchen im alten Stil is an 8-minute piece which 19-year-old Korngold wrote in 1917, while doing his military service in World War I. The work fell into oblivion and was given its (supposedly) world premiere no earlier than 2007, at the Jyväskylä Festival, Finland; the performance was led by John Storgårds, who on this CD conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.