The renowned Austrian-born musician Erich Wolfgang Korngold was known from an early age as a child prodigy who became one of the most important and influential composers in the history of Hollywood. He has also composed operas, chamber, vocal and symphonic opuses.
Korngold’s the only Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major is an example of the composer’s late period, in which he masterfully exploited the orchestral timbral palette and the technical possibilities of the solo instrument. The Concerto is extremely romantic, full of lyricism, melodic episodes, passion for life. It confirms the saying that Korngold’s music makes our emotions soar. The composer dedicated his Violin Concerto to Alma Mahler, widow of his childhood mentor Gustav Mahler.
The three-movement concerto was premiered by Jascha Heifetz in 1947 and here is performed by Javier Comesaña Barrera, the winner of Jascha Heifetz Competition 2021 and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas.
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR: MODESTAS PITRĖNAS
VIOLIN: JAVIER COMESAÑA BARRERA