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History may have done the reputation of Erich Korngold a disservice: remembered primarily as a twice-winner of Hollywood Oscars – for Anthony Adverse and The Adventures of Robin Hood – this Austrian refugee from the Nazi regime composed some wonderfully thoughtful and profound chamber music.
Janáček’s Concertino, was inspired by Spring and features the noise of “crickets, midges, a roebuck, a sharp torrent … and man”.
Mozart wrote to his father following the first performance of his Quintet for Piano and Winds, saying “I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life.” Nothing more needs to be said.
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