12-year old Erich Korngold wrote a piano trio as if he were 52 years old.
Performed by NZTrio - Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Somi Kim (piano) - at their concert 'Constellations'
It is a remarkably mature work for one so very young – he’s been called the greatest musical prodigy of the 20th century. As Charlotte Wilson writes in her programme notes: “It has an extraordinary boldness and freshness, evoking that lush, slightly decadent sound-world of Vienna before the war. [But] you can hear Korngold’s lyrical gift throughout.”
The work has four movements. Using Wilson's descriptions again: "the first has bursts of energy contrasted with an almost ecstatic stillness; the second is a mischievous Scherzo with a middle section sounding like a sultry cabaret song. The slow third movement in which the two string instruments shine leads to a brilliant finale – part angular and modern, part nostalgic love-duet."
Recorded by RNZ Concert in Auckland Concert Chamber, 11 December 2020
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Rangi Powick