Session Report: The Tippett Quartet on recording Korngold’s string quartets

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Members of the Tippett Quartet talk to Jessica Duchen about recording Korngold’s string quartets

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957), born in Brno, raised in Vienna, started out as a phenomenal child prodigy. He was lauded by Mahler but in 1938, when the Nazis marched into Vienna, he was forced to remain in exile in the US, where he was scoring The Adventures of Robin Hood. As he was Jewish, Hollywood effectively saved his life, and Korngold became one of the creators of the distinctive style of ‘golden age’ film scores in the US, writing the music for such films as The Prince and the Pauper (1937) and Deception  (1946)…

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