Magazine article Gramophone

Korngold: Sextet: Sextet, Op 10

Magazine article Gramophone

Korngold: Sextet: Sextet, Op 10

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Sextet, Op 10 (a). Suite, Op 23 (b)

Aron Quartet with (a) Thomas Selditz va

(a) Marius Diaz vc (b) Henri Sigfridsson pf

CPO [F] CPO777 600-2 (68' * DDD)

It is an inspired idea to couple these two contrasting works, separated as they were by momentous events. Korngold's Sextet for strings (1916) was a late flowering of Austrian romanticism from Imperial Vienna, while the Suite for two violins, cello and piano left hand (1929) was written for the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in the Great War, the conflict that had led to the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The Viennese musicians of the Aron Quartet meet the challenge of these complex and highly strung pieces head-on. In the first movement of the Sextet, the abrupt mood-swings and restless tonality, typical of the adolescent Korngold, hold no fears for any of these players as they maintain the continuity of the movement with precision of ensemble through a number of testing passages. …

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