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(...) The performances here are quite exceptional with beautiful playing and phrasing that captures the essence of these pieces. The tendency to try and make Korngold’s early music sound lush like his later Hollywood pieces can often destroy the intimacy of these chamber works. Here, the flashes of ultra-romantic ideas flow sensitively out of the more atonal-sounding material creating dramatic performances. The crispness of the recording allows individual lines to be captured rather cleanly and the results are quite engaging. While other recordings of these works are often equally captivating, this is certainly a disc worth seeking out for fans of chamber music performance and Korngold.

Steven A. Kennedy

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