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Webb: Cat People, Bedlam, Etc / Stromberg, Slovak Rso


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 225125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Roy Webb
Performer:  Maria KnapkovaMilan JagelkaStanislav BenackaOndrej Dobo,   ... 
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Nine times out of ten, when I see a 1940s or '50s movie and can't place the music (is it Steiner? maybe Victor Young?), the answering credit on the screen will proclaim: Roy Webb. This self-effacing composer produced some 300 Hollywood scores yet is the man least remembered when one is talking about film music. William T. Stromberg and John Morgan, who helm 90 percent of Marco Polo's film music series, have tried to set that right with this release, which features suites from the moody horror films associated with producer Val Lewton. The music is barely noticeable when you watch the movies, partly because of the noisy optical tracks, which swallow woodwind solos like a frog gulps mayflies; but also
Read more because these scores don't call attention to themselves owing to their effectiveness at complementing the movie they accompany. In his excellent notes, which really amount to an extended essay, Scott MacQueen points out that Webb was the very best composer at writing music that could accompany dialogue without obscuring it. Taking the scores out of the movie and putting them in the studio and on CD allows us to discover some positively rhapsodic melodies and some genuinely scary stuff, too, all of it totally effective. This is music of very high quality, and it is played to a turn by the excellent orchestra. Stromberg unerringly guides the players in the right direction to produce readings that seem entirely idiomatic and definitive. The recorded sound is about as good as one could ask for.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Cat People: Suite by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 
2. Bedlam: Main Title by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 
3. The Seventh Victim: Suite by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 
4. The Body Snatcher: Edinburgh by Roy Webb
Performer:  Maria Knapkova (Soprano)
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Morgan 
5. I Walked with a Zombie: Suite by Roy Webb
Performer:  Milan Jagelka (Bass), Stanislav Benacka (Bass), Ondrej Dobo (Bass),
Eugen Gaal (Bass)
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 13 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Morgan 
6. Bedlam: The Quaker by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 
7. Bedlam: Nell's Escape by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: William Stromberg 
8. Bedlam: End Title by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: William Stromberg 
9. The Body Snatcher: Main Title by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 
10. The Body Snatcher: The First Body by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 
11. The Body Snatcher: Finale by Roy Webb
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Morgan 

Sound Samples

Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Main Title
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Irena
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): The Cat People
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Irena and Oliver
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Need for Help
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): The Evil Call
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): The Aftermath
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Dream Sequence
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Too Late
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Horror Sequence
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): Dr. Judd Murdered
Cat People (recons. J. Morgan): End Title
Bedlam (recons. J. Morgan): Main Title
Bedlam (recons. J. Morgan): The Quaker
Bedlam (recons. J. Morgan): Nell's Escape
Bedlam (recons. J. Morgan): End Title
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Main Title
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Principal's Office
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Mary Sees Jacqueline
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Jacqueline is Found
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Jacqueline
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): The Pallidists' Trial
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): The Chase
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Desirous of Death
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): Love Scene
The Seventh Victim (recons. J. Morgan): End Title
The Body Snatcher (recons. J. Morgan): Main Title
The Body Snatcher (recons. J. Morgan): Edinburgh
The Body Snatcher (recons. J. Morgan): The First Body
The Body Snatcher (recons. J. Morgan): Finale
I Walked with a Zombie (recons. J. Morgan): Main Title
I Walked with a Zombie (recons. J. Morgan): Chant
I Walked with a Zombie (recons. J. Morgan): Fort Holland
I Walked with a Zombie (recons. J. Morgan): Zombie
I Walked with a Zombie (recons. J. Morgan): Dr. Maxwell
I Walked with a Zombie (recons. J. Morgan): End Title

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