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Classical

KornGOLDmark

Orsolya Korcsolan, violin

Emese Mali, piano

[Solo Musica]

Four stars

This is the kind of gilded, exquisite late Romantic music we have become happily accustomed to here in Buffalo thanks to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael Ludwig, the orchestra’s departing concertmaster, performed the violin concertos of both Korngold and Goldmark in very recent memory, and the orchestra has done wonderful explorations of the late Romantic style.

There is so much to love about the music of these two composers, whose names this CD wittily combines into a single title. The Korngold excerpts include music from “Much Ado About Nothing” – even as a boy, Korngold had an affinity for Shakespearean drama, hinting ingeniously in his music at the Elizabethan era as well as his own. Korcsolan and Mali also play arrangements of music from “Der Schneeman,” “Das Wunder Der Heliane” and “Die Tote Stadt” (the bittersweet, famous “Marietta’s Lied” and the more arch “Tanzlied des Pierrot”). The disc ends with Goldmark’s beautiful Suite Op. 11 in E, and in between comes the “Plaintive Air,” a world premiere recording of a lovely piece by Carl Goldmark’s nephew, Rubin Goldmark. This is all music to treasure.

– Mary Kunz Goldman