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Will the long-awaited revival of Korngold's best opera be applauded or panned? Plus, why a recession in tenors might not be a bad thing

By Martin Kettle   December 2008

When a composer’s music languishes in obscurity for years, there is generally a good reason—and perhaps such a reason explains why the often predicted re-emergence of Erich Wolfgang Korngold never quite happens. But things may at last be about to change, at least in this country. Korngold’s most dazzling work is to get its long delayed first British staging. Today, Korngold is mainly remembered for two reasons. First, he is the Oscar-winning composer of 18 Warner Brothers movie scores—notably for films starring Errol Flynn—written in Hollywood after his exile from Vienna in 1935. Second, he is music’s most remarkable child…

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