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Korngold: The Sea Hawk, Deception / Stromberg, Moscow SO


Release Date: 07/31/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570110   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Alexander ZagorinskyIrina Romishevskaya
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony OrchestraMoscow Symphony Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The mere fact that Erich Korngold's complete score for The Sea Hawk exists will probably be enough for most film-score buffs to leap up and grab this release, even were it not as fine as it actually is. What we have here, for all intents and purposes, is a vast symphonic poem only a couple of minutes shy of two full hours. It's all vintage Korngold: the heraldic fanfares and swaggering tunes for the "good guys", the luscious love music, brooding atmospheric bits, and thrilling action sequences, all decked out in the most sumptuous orchestration imaginable. William Stromberg and his irrepressible sidekick John Morgan have outdone themselves in bringing all of this music to life. The
Read more performance is brilliant, the engineering among the best from this source.

As if that weren't enough, we also get the music from Deception, a Betty Davis vehicle that gave birth to Korngold's Cello Concerto (here performed as in the film, in its original, shorter form). While recognizably the work of the same composer, the score is darker and more subdued in keeping with the film's "noir" ambience. What it all adds up to is almost two-and-a-half hours of "golden-age" music from two golden-age movies, magnificently played and recorded, on two very reasonably priced CDs. This isn't just essential for Korngold or film score collectors--this release also is perfect for mp3 players, long car trips, or any activity that needs a nice big chunk of orchestral music to while away an hour or two. If this isn't an irresistible bargain, then I don't know what is.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Deception by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Alexander Zagorinsky (Cello)
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 30 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
2.
The Sea Hawk by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Irina Romishevskaya (Soprano)
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 114 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 

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