'Films are fantasy', said Hollywood mogul Jack Warner, 'and fantasy needs music'. We follow two European emigres, born 10 years and 200 miles apart, on the epic journey to provide the soundtrack to Hollywood's Golden Age.
Donald Macleod hears from Hollywood film music historian Jon Burlingame and conductor John Mauceri, who share some first hand reminiscences of both composers.Both young composers enjoyed considerable acclaim in their own countries and across Europe. Korngold was a respected opera composer, while Rozsa was championed by conductors Karl Bohm and Charles Munch. However, between Schoenberg and Stravinsky, there wasn't much call (and certainly no money) for the lush scores of late Romanticism.
Korngold: Overture (Der Schauspiel)
Matthias Bamert (conductor)
Rozsa: Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song, Op 4
Isabella Lipp (violin)
John Novacek (piano)
Korngold: Marietta's Lute Song (Die Tote Stadt)
Barbara Hendricks (soprano)
Franz Welser-Most (conductor)
Rozsa: Theme, Variations and Finale, Op 13a
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
James Sedares (conductor)