Göteborgs Symfoniker
Available until 28 February 2023

Korngold: Violin Concerto

American violinist Chad Hoopes, born in 1994, has been praised for his enormous talent and magical tone. Since winning first prize in the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Chad Hoopes has the world at his feet.

The young conductor Tarmo Peltokoski from Vaasa, Finland got the dream job as a 21-year-old when he was appointed first chief conductor of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen earlier this year. He was recently appointed chief conductor of the Latvian National Orchestra in Riga and he has made famous appearances for, among others, our chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali in Paris. At the same time, he works side by side with Sakari Oramo at the Sibelius Academy.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto offers a cinematic emotional register that clearly points out why Korngold became Hollywood’s darling in the 1930s.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was called to Hollywood to help with the musical arrangements for Max Reinhardt’s film adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film music brought him wealth, film awards and fame, but it also meant that the concert institutions began to lose interest in him. He was no longer “serious”. Korngold was sensitive to criticism and devoted his last twelve years exclusively to art music. In the summer of 1945 he worked on his violin concerto. The premiere in St. Louis on February 15, 1947 was performed by Jascha Heifetz. The concert, which was also dedicated to Gustav Mahler’s widow Alma, was a great success and was soon played in many concert halls. In the violin concerto you can find themes from four of Korngold’s films. The main theme of the second movement comes from Anthony Adverse (1936), a film score that earned Korngold an Oscar. The finale begins with lively staccato playing and ends with a brilliant virtuoso climax, all built on the bright and shiny main theme from the 1937 film The Prince and the Pauper. The way of working says something about the importance Korngold gave to his film music, and what quality it has.

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Korngold Violin Concerto


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Tarmo Peltokoski conductor

Chad Hoopes violin