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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. 

Sound Samples

The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Main Title
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Spain: King and Alvarez - Dona Maria - Alvarez-Lopez - The Slaves
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Big Drum
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Albatross - Battle - Duel - Thanks for Convincing the Trumpeter
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Slaves Release
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Night Banquet
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Love Scene on the Boat - The Throne Room
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Sea Hawks - The Monkey - Captain Thorpe's Entrance - Exit - Elizabeth and Thorpe
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Map of Panama
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Rose Garden
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Albatross-Kroner - Chart Maker - Astronomer
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Chess Game - Farewell - Panama Montage - The Orchid
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Thorpe's Men Hiding - Gold Caravan
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Attack - You Know My Name - March - The Fight - In the Jungle - Relax - Thorpe cuts through Jungle - Ocean - The Hanging Man - The Trial - The Galley
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Maria's Song - After Maria's Song - Maria Faints - Elizabeth Against Philip
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): After the Council - Maria's Bedroom - Spanish Boat - I am Abbott - Rebellion - Cadiz
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Slaves Liberate Themselves - The Murder
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Fight with the Guard
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Knife Fight
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Happy Sailing
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The Arrival
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Reunion - New Difficulties
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Thorpe enters into Castle - Duel
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Finale - End Cast
The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Original Theatrical Trailer
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Main Title
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Mysterioso
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Jealousy - Tenderness
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): After the Party
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): A Pity
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Preparation
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Paraphrase
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Newspaper
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Mirror
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Murder
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Alibi
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): If
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): The End - The Cast
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Original Theatrical Trailer
Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan): Cello Concerto (original version)

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