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The occasion of Hollywood's 91st Academy Awards ceremony on 25 February, the Oscars, prompts us to note the contribution that a film's music score often makes to a production's overall success; indeed, it frequently takes on a celebrity of its own. There's a tremendous collection of scores written for the movies in our Naxos Film Music Classics series, which is devoted to re-recordings of the finest original orchestral film scores, often painstakingly reconstructed by film music experts such as John Morgan.

Featured are classical composers who occasionally worked in cinema, such as Dmitry Shostakovich, Benjamin Frankel, Jacques Ibert and Arthur Honegger. The series also includes émigré composers steeped in the European classical tradition, whose eloquent romanticism defined the sound of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Scores by Bernard Herrmann, Eric Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa and Dimitri Tiomkin are presented in complete versions with top performances and superior sound.

The following recordings are taken from the full Film Music Classics listing.

8.570316
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.:
Odna (Alone)

Mataeva • Kiknadze • Voropaev
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Fitz-Gerald
‘Those wishing to investigate Shostakovich’s film music
should start here.’
Gramophone
  Listen to an extract from
Galop - How good life will be!
8.572824-25
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.:
New Babylon

Basel Sinfonietta • Fitz-Gerald
★★★★
★★★★
‘To my mind one of Naxos’ finest ever discs. Superb music making allied to
a seriously impressive scholarly reconstruction of a very
important score.’
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from To the Firing Squad:
There is peace and order in Paris
8.570110-11
KORNGOLD, E.W.:
The Sea Hawk • Deception

Moscow Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus • Stromberg
‘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.’
ClassicsToday.com
  Listen to an extract from The Sea Hawk:
Main Title
8.557470
STEINER, M.:
The Adventures of Mark Twain

Moscow Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus • Stromberg
★★★★
‘Here is one of the best scores from one of the best composers from the Golden Age restored and recorded by one of the best teams working today. It really doesn't get much better than this release.’
SoundtrackNet ★★★★★
  Listen to Theatre Scene
8.557699
TIOMKIN, D.:
Red River

Moscow Symphony Choir
and Orchestra • Stromberg
‘A winner on all counts.’
ClassicsToday.com
  Listen to an extract from Stampede
8.572260
HALFFTER, E.:
Carmen

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Fitz-Gerald
‘Mining the many forgotten byways of music, Naxos has come up with another sparkling gem.’
Fanfare
  Listen to Paso Doble: Brillante


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