Philippe Quint plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto

On June 30, 2009, Naxos releases a new performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s 1945 Violin Concerto performed by Grammy®-nominated violinist Philippe Quint. Featuring Mexico’s Orquestra Sinfónica de Mineria and conducted by Maestro Carlos Miguel de Prieto, the recording also includes two additional companion works, the Schauspiel Overture (1911) and the composer’s original orchestrated suite from incidental music based on Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing (1918). 

Nominated for two Grammy® Awards for his 2001 recording of the William Schuman Violin Concerto (Naxos 8559083), violinist Philippe Quint is widely recognized as a passionate advocate of contemporary American violin repertoire. Significant performances and recordings have included the 2004 world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Violin Concerto No. 1, written for and dedicated to him – performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2007 and 2008, Naxos released recordings by Mr. Quint and pianist William Wolfram, including the complete works of Miklós Rózsa for violin and piano (Naxos 8570190, 2007); and a world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices (Naxos 8559364, 2008), the latter earning Gramophone’s 2008 “Editor’s Choice” distinction.

Philippe Quint’s commitment to perform and record contemporary American works is demonstrated again with this latest Naxos release of Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. He believes, “In two decades, this will be as important as the Mendelssohn or the Tchaikovsky violin concertos.” However, he is not the first violinist to possess such a high opinion of the work. Despite its initial panning by critics for lack of originality and superficial romanticism, the concerto was premiered and championed by none other than Jascha Heifetz, who gave the work its first performance in 1947 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and frequently performed it thereafter throughout his later career.

Today, the rising success of the violin concerto has undeservedly overshadowed much of Korngold’s other music for films and the concert hall. On the new release, Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Mineria revisit the expressive, humorous, and spirited qualities of the composer’s style in two additional works: the Schauspiel Overture, Op. 4, composed in 1911 at the age of fourteen, and his 1918 concert piece, the Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. 11.

Carlos Miguel Prieto is rising as one of the most dynamic young conductors of his generation, and holds appointments as music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Huntsville Symphony, in addition to enjoying annual recording opportunities and guest conducting engagements with various orchestras around the world.