, December 2003
"Stromberg and his Moscow forces have been doing a whole series of famous movie scores for Marco Polo over the years, and it was only a couple of months before this one arrived that I became so enthusiastic about their rendering of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. That recording had captured all of the color and excitement of the old Bogart film, plus it had been reproduced in some of the most robust and vivid sound I had heard in ages. Needless to say, I was anxious to put The Maltese Falcon on the jukebox and crank it up.
In any case, fans of old film music continue to be treated well by Marco Polo. The sound is detailed and dynamic, with a good upper frequency range if a bit soft in the lower bass. The miking is done at a moderate distance, but it appears close up in terms of its immediacy and impact. It's an unusual but realistic approach and produces, if not quite a concert hall effect, a thrilling experience."