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Post by misos » Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:46 pm

Is the old symphony recording in Varese still available?
Brendan Carroll

Symphony in F# on Varese

Post by Brendan Carroll » Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:48 pm

I am sorry to say, this is deleted. However it does turn up on Ebay!
John Denver

About symphony

Post by John Denver » Tue Nov 02, 2004 9:21 pm

What is the best available recording of the symphony on CD ?

Any suggestions are welcome :lol:
Troy Dixon

Symphony in F#

Post by Troy Dixon » Fri Nov 05, 2004 3:13 pm

The Varese recording (on CD) is actually on e-bay right now - auction ends in 3 days (on Monday, 8 Nov).

"Best recording" is a little subjective. I prefer the Chandos recording (Downes & BBC Phil), the Varese recording, and the Deutsche Grammophon (Previn & London SO), but all the recordings are good.

Re: Symphony

Post by Guest » Fri Nov 12, 2004 6:48 pm

misos wrote:Hello
Is the old symphony recording in Varese still available?

Hello, Yes! You can buy the recording with Rudolf Kempe at:, or
Good Luck!
A Korngold-Friend.
Andy Hahn

Post by Andy Hahn » Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:34 pm

The Varese recording is also available in the US at ... _id=826258
An Anonymous Musician

Re: About symphony

Post by An Anonymous Musician » Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:05 pm

John Denver wrote:What is the best available recording of the symphony on CD ?

Any suggestions are welcome :lol:
I own all the recordings of the Symphony in F-sharp save Kempe's and Downes' renditions of it, and I can confidently say that of those that I have heard, James Depreist and the Oregon Symphony beat all of the others in both execution and interpretation. All of the orchestral details on their recording are also much more exposed than on others and this is owed in great part to the excellent sound quality with which the CD was engineered. I'd probably rank Previn and the LSO second because of certain problems with synchronicity between players from time to time and there is also a bit too much reverb produced in the venue they were playing in, the All Hallows Gospel Oak Church. Welser-Most and Philadelphia I would consider next best on account of their sound being too dry. The recording from Albert's set of Korngold's collected orchestral works has atrocious sound and the playing is spotty.

Post by Nick » Mon Jul 11, 2005 2:55 am

Just to say you can order the Kempe disc from Varese Sarabande's website (cheaper than ebay!).[/url]
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Post by hal » Thu Sep 29, 2005 5:08 am

I noticed that Scott recently published this as a miniature score. It's a welcome edition to the catalogue. I don't care much for the engraving job (looks like it was done in SCORE) but it's great to see it in print. A great way to read and listen at the same time.
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Post by Bernd.O.Rachold » Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:31 pm

Hi, Korngold-aficionados! A little bit late I may draw your attention to one of the best symphony recordings:
McGill Symphony Orchestra, cond. by the Korngoldian Timothy Vernon,
live at Carnegie Hall, Nov. 18, 1990,
CD McGill 750043-2, English, French & German booklet-lines,
with a v e r y nice front-cover by Klimt!
Try your best buying it from McGill directly. Good luck.
Bernd, Korngold-archive
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