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David Hurwitz, August 2015

William Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony are getting better and better as this project progresses. They turn in marvelous performances, captured in wide-ranging…recorded sound. A magnificent gift to the late composer…and a treat for Arnold fans and movie buffs alike—this is a must for film music collectors. © 2015 Read complete review

Stephen Hornbrook
Audiophile Audition, June 2015

Performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and conducted by William Stromberg, this recording is of fine quality. Recommended. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, May 2015

Hats off to John Morgan and conductor William Stromberg. They have plugged a gap in the Arnold discography and many will be grateful for their efforts. The playing of the Moscow Orchestra is committed and enthusiastic. …the recording is easy on the ear and the music is well served. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

James Norris
Audiophilia, April 2015

…the Moscow orchestra play…with great enthusiasm and energy. © 2015 Audiophilia Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, April 2015

There is no denying the importance of these recordings. …the textures are captured clearly. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review

Robert Benson, April 2015

Excellent performances well recorded…Recommended! © 2015 Read complete review

Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, March 2015

With good recording…these idiomatic performances were well worth reissuing. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2015

First issued fourteen years ago to celebrate Malcolm Arnold’s 80th birthday, his prolific film and television scores helped to fund him as a symphonic composer. The Roots of Heaven came long before today’s quest for the preservation of African elephants began, the 1940’s story of one man’s efforts to save them from extinction used to create a highly emotive story. Filming on location in the heat of French Equatorial Africa almost brought about the extinction of the cast and crew, as is graphically related in the enclosed booklet. It was a story that gave Arnold ample scope to capture the vastness of the scene and the size of the ponderous animals involved. Eleven years later, in 1969, he began work on the score for David Copperfield, and whereas you might not readily recognise Arnold in the elephant film, here he returns to his English roots with a score that has his musical fingerprints all over it.  Sadly it was to prove to be his final offering for the silver screen, periods of ill-health dictating a very different lifestyle and early retirement. For Copperfield we have thirteen tracks that capture the love, passion and drama of the story, his ability to orchestrate finding subtle changes of colours to create atmosphere. To bring this disc into the studio needed the world authority on film scores, John Morgan, to prepare each track in collaboration with the conductor, William Stromberg. On its first release the disc formed part of Marco Polo’s ‘Classical Film Scores’, the Moscow Symphony being in particularly fine form for the sessions that took place in April 2000. The recorded sound is newly minted. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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