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May 7, 2013/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



‘Much Ado About Nothing’ CD was released April 30

(Winston-Salem) UNCSA’s first commercial musical recording in more than 25 years is receiving international notice. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11, featuring Drama Soloists and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chancellor John Mauceri, has been named Recording of the Month by Music Web International, the largest non-commercial classical music resource on the web.

Earlier, it was reviewed by classical music critic Stephen Smoliar on examiner.com, an international compendium of arts and news content. Smolier is a composer and a pioneering researcher in computer-assisted music theory.

And on Classics FM, the United Kingdom’s only 100 percent classical music radio station, it was David Mellor’s “choice for the very curious.” Mellor is a prolific newspaper and magazine columnist and avid music collector. Since 1997, he has hosted weekly broadcasts about new classical releases for Classics FM.

The Music Web review noted, “Conductor John Mauceri was a very apt choice for he has had much experience conducting Korngold and is a stalwart champion of film music, an asset that might well be regarded as not being far removed from the spirit of this work.”

The Music Web review can be read at http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2013/May13/Korngold_Much_Ado_TOCC0160.htm#.

The examiner.com review is available at: http://www.examiner.com/article/erich-wolfgang-korngold-s-youthful-approach-to-shakespearean-comedy.

The CD was released in the U.S. on April 30 by Amazon. It is also available from ArkivMusic, and on iTunes.

The recording, featuring the complete incidental music on 23 tracks, includes cover notes by Chancellor Mauceri along with photographs from the April 2012 UNCSA production. It is on the Toccata Classics label.

The new edition of Korngold’s score was prepared by the music-publishing house Schott, in collaboration with Mauceri. In April 2012, UNCSA presented eight performances of the Shakespearean play with the new score.  It marked the first time the complete score was performed with the play in the United States, and the first fully integrated production since the music was outlawed by the Nazis in 1933.

Korngold’s score, commissioned when the Viennese composer was only 22 years old and known throughout Europe as the great Wunderkind of the age, was first heard at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace Theater (and subsequently at its Burgtheater) and was one of his most popular compositions, arranged for various ensembles, including a suite for solo violin and piano. Mahler called the youth “a genius” and Puccini referred to him as “miraculous.”

Korngold fled the Nazi regime and became the “father of the sound of Hollywood” with his scores for Warner Bros., winning two Academy Awards for his immense achievements. All of his manuscripts and documents were donated to the Library of Congress by his two sons.

Chancellor Mauceri has long championed the music banned by the Third Reich and has brought many modern premieres of the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold to various places in the world, including Berlin for the first-ever recording of Korngold’s epic opera Das Wunder der Heliane (1927). Winner of Germany’s highest awards for recordings (Deutsche Schallplatten and the ECHO Award), it has recently been re-released. Maestro Mauceri has also led first performances of Korngold’s music with the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.