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This stirring and evocative score for one of the greatest Westerns ever made takes full advantage of the exciting story, reprising the main themes often but always with interesting variations. The score has been lovingly restored by John Morgan and is performed in great sweeping style by the excellent Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Choir. © 2014 Read complete review

Andy Cooper
Leader-Post, January 2007

Composer Dimitri Tiomkin wrote a blockbuster score for this stirring 1948 John Wayne western, but confessed: "If I ever see another cow, it will be too soon."

Born in Ukraine in 1894, the classically trained Tiomkin played piano for silent films in Russia before emigrating to the U.S. after the 1917 revolution.

His Hollywood career included landmark films like Lost Horizon, It's A Wonderful Life and High Noon.

Red River was a cattle drive epic packed with action and music to match Wayne's dominant performance. Tiomkin also scored the Duke's Rio Bravo and The Alamo.

This recording featuring the Moscow Symphony Orchestra & Chorus under William Stromberg will give any sound system a vigorous workout.

David Hurwitz, March 2005

Now that Marco Polo's film score series has moved to Naxos, listeners have a chance to hear many wonderful titles at reduced price, including this new one that's never previously appeared. There's something fitting in hearing this wonderful, pre-Elmer Bernstein Western score by a Russian composer played by Russian forces, and it sounds like they're having a ball. Yes, you can't understand a word the chorus is singing, and probably wouldn't want to, but the music that Dimitri Tiomkin penned for this cattle roundup celluloid spectacular fits like a glove, from the famous Stampede sequence (with three sets of timpani making a very satisfying noise), to atmospheric tracks such as The Spectre Takes Form, Suspense at Dawn, and Vigil in the Night. Tiomkin's sonic palette, as befits a "Golden Age" (1948) Hollywood production, is more lush than we later came to expect in this particular genre, with plenty of harps and warm tunes for the strings; but the "American" sound is all there, and it's irresistibly conveyed by William Stromberg and his Moscow forces. Vividly bright sonics add the finishing touch. A winner on all counts.

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