New project - Korngold & Zeisl
A recording of the Violin Sonata by the last “child-prodigy” Erich Wolfgang Korngold, combined with the rarely heard Brandeis Sonata by his close friend Erich Zeisl is being released by Johannes Fleischmann and Magda Amara in 2019.
The rise of National Socialism forced both Austrian composers to flee from their home country because of their Jewish faith. After detours they found their new home in California. Their paths were quite different. Korngold celebrated his classical works and his revolutionary big successes in American film music as well as two Academy Awards (Oscars) for his compositions “Anthony Advers” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. In comparison, it was a difficult road for Erich Zeisl. He escaped from Vienna and via Paris he finally reached America. Thanks to the intervention of Hans Eisler and Hans Kafka, he was able to get various jobs as a composer in Hollywood but he was never to be a big success like Korngold.
It is with thanks to Erich Zeisls daughter, Barbara Zeisl-Schoenberg, that documents and dedications from Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Erich Zeisl are available for the first time and will be provided exclusively for the movie and the booklet which accompany the recording.