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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre / Stromberg, Moscow Symphony


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570185   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Max Steiner
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Consistently enjoyable and exciting, glistens with personal touches.

This is another escapee from Marco Polo [8.225149] newly revivified by Naxos in their Film Music Classics series. There’s an hour’s worth of music here with short cues run together for reasons of continuity in the proper sequence. Steiner’s music is consistently enjoyable and exciting. It glistens with personal touches and little orchestral feats that captivate and evoke in the shortest possible time.

The Train Attack scene sets the pulse racing – all one hundred seconds of it – and Steiner cleverly uses percussion voicings to summon up thoughts of finding gold. There are opportunities for nostalgia and reflection as well – Steiner uses
Read more Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms as such a device in the sixth track here, Campfire, and it reappears later. The cave-in scene is excitingly but tersely done – for all Steiner’s symphonic depth and range he maintained a "go for the jugular" precision when necessary.

These are qualities strongly in evidence in the banditry and violence of the score as when, for instance, the remorseless gaining of the bandits is so trenchantly evoked by the slash of the strings and the throb of the rhythm. Steiner builds up tension with inexorable but concise precision. And there are of course plenty of moments for the unleashing of his lyric affiliations; the romantic string curve of the tenth track, Cody’s Letter, leads on to a reprise of Texas Memories and its evocation of the sentiment of Believe Me.

The more horrifying elements of the score are also targeted with his accustomed finesse and compact perception. The cue The Ruins for instance has an abundance of high string and harp writing that has a satisfyingly high spine-tingle quotient. The Chorus is used very sparingly, here to sing the Funeral Chant [track twelve] and it’s done in the usual accomplished way.

Talking of accomplishment the orchestral and vocal forces of the Moscow Symphony sound notably well drilled and on the ball in this performance. John Morgan’s restorations are part of the backbone of the whole series and his written notes are always worth reading. Production values are high, as always.

Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

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Treasure of the Sierra Madre by Max Steiner
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2007 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 60 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Main Title
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): A. Sanchez: El Desayuno
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Attack on the Train
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): The Journey Commences
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Windstorm
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Campfire - Up There - Water Trough - Gold-Digging - Cave-in - Rescue
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Texas Memories
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Night - Distrust - Gila Monster
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Bandits - Outnumbered - Federales
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Cody's Letter - Texas Memories (Reprise)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Packing Up - Indian Visitors
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Funeral Chant
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Unwilling Caretakers
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Madness
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Narange Dolce
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): After Dobbs - The Man in the Hole! - Arrested
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): The Ruins
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Texas Memories - Finale
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Theatrical trailer
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Alternate Main Title
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (restored J. Morgan): Alternate Finale

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