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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, June 2008

"Malcolm Arnold belongs among the elite few modern composers who wrote easily and well for both film and the concert hall. The Roots of Heaven, which describes the early struggle for elephant conservation in Africa, features a magnificent overture, a terrific theme representing the elephants, and some appropriately African drumming. Although the cues are all on the short side, Arnold's economy of material and consistency of atmosphere make for comfortable continuous listening. This is even truer of David Copperfield. Arnold's music has its own eclectic Dickensian qualities, and rather than write 19th century pastiche, Arnold simply wrote like himself, a style that suits the film perfectly. In fact, the composer of the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and English Dances is all over this marvelous score, and series producer John Morgan deserves a huge fund of gratitude from listeners everywhere for locating the original orchestral scores of both films in the Fox archives.

William Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony are getting better and better as this project progresses. They turn in marvelous performances, captured in wide-ranging but just slightly boxy recorded sound. A magnificent gift to the composer in his 80th birthday year, and a treat for Arnold fans and movie buffs alike."



Crisis, May 2003

"The major themes from this score are truly haunting. Arnold has yet to receive his due as one of the great composers of the last 50 years. The film itself, which stars the best English actors of the last generation, is clunky, but the music is inspired."



Mark Koldys
American Record Guide, October 2001

"David Copperfield was Arnold's last film scores and one of his finest."



Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, July 2001

"More neglected film music retrieved courtesy of Stromberg and restorer John Morgan­KThere can be no complaints about Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb contribution to the venture­KAs on his terrific resuscitation of Philip Sainton's magnificent score for John Huston's Moby Dick, William Stromberg draws some accomplished and enthusiastic playing from his Moscow forces­Kthe disc as a whole deserves a very warm welcome. Marco Polo's presentation strikes me as altogether exemplary."



Arthur B. Lintgen
The Absolute Sound, July 2001

"Over the past several years, Marco Polo's Classic film Score Series has evolved dramatically...to a rapidly improving series of well-presented masterpieces (Korngold's Devotion, Waxman's Mr. Skeffington), to recordings that approach the state of the art in sound and performance (Waxman's Objective Burma, Steiner's The Beast with Five Fingers and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), and now this latest recording of two major film scores by Sir Malcolm Arnold. It may be the best of all. Marco Polo continues the tradition of great-sounding Arnold recordings with spectacular performances of the nearly complete scores for The Roots of Heaven and David Copperfield. All things considered (music, performance, and sound), this recording represents the peak of Marco Polo's accomplishments on behalf of film music so far. Once again, John Morgan has done a brilliant and painstaking job of restoring the scores, neither of which has ever been recorded complete. His knowledge and relentless research of classic film music are astounding."



Roger Hall
Soundtrack Magazine

"This is yet another outstanding Marco Polo CD from the Stromberg-Morgan team in their ongoing series honoring the best film composers from the past. Don't miss this superb release."



Jeffrey Wheeler
SoundtrackNet

"As the Marco Polo label's Classic Film Scores collection grows, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra keeps sounding better and better, the productions are more and more informative, and the selections are forever admirable...this latest expedition by John Morgan and William Stromberg gives fans great sounds to take pleasure in...Presented as a birthday tribute to the composer, I report with a glad heart that it succeeds as a genuine honor in every aspect...Under William Stromberg's lead, the Russian ensemble provides unexpectedly rich performances...This is a charming release."






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