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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, July 2016

William Stromberg conducts all the music; the playing and the sound are excellent. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, March 2016

[Moscow Symphony Chorus] play with a delicacy and feel for the intricacies of the score as well as one could want. And the ensemble sound wonderfully smooth and accomplished, lush and luxuriant, with Stromberg keeping the action moving at a healthy clip.

In all, it’s a warm, moderately resonant, and reasonably well detailed recording that is quite pleasing. © 2016 Classical Candor Read complete review



Bruce McCollum
MusicWeb International, March 2016

For the 1944 movie The Uninvited, a ghost story starring Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, Young composed a suite of music from which the classic tune Stella By Starlight was born. …John Morgan performed a masterful job reconstructing the arrangements from the original score using the authentic orchestral specifications, including strings and two harps. Morgan provided another fine reconstruction for Victor Young’s score for the 1939 animated film Gulliver’s Travels. A highlight from this suite is the beautiful Faithful & Forever theme, …The Moscow Symphony Chorus performs during the Finale, and although the diction is a bit garbled, their spirit is clearly unmistakable. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, March 2016

What was evident in the original releases and has carried forward triumphantly here is the sheer skill, dedication and devotion of the principal protagonists: William Stromberg and John Morgan. In the Moscow Symphony Orchestra they found enthusiastic and committed support. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, January 2016

While such composers as Eric Wolfgang Korngold and Bernard Herrmann have achieved considerable posthumous recognition, their contemporary Victor Young, one of Hollywood’s busiest and most esteemed film composers, is known principally to the cognoscenti. This disc of attractive scores by Young may go some way to redressing the balance. His scores are very winning, and his piano concerto-style score for The Uninvited which produced the standard Stella by Starlight was pivotal to arguably the best Hollywood ghost story ever produced. The animated Gulliver’s Travels relied heavily for its charm and dramatic impact on Young’s wonderful orchestrations, while the tobacco dynasty drama Bright Leaf inspired one of his most restrained and thoughtful film scores. © 2016 Classical CD Choice



Film Music: The Neglected Art, January 2016

Young came up with a fine offering of sentimental, melodramatic, and cartoon like music… © 2016 Film Music: A Neglected Art Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2016

‘Victor Young was one of Hollywood’s busiest and most esteemed film composers, his upbeat style ensuring viewers left the cinema with a catchy tune in their ears.’ That I learn from the disc’s back insert, for having only ventured into the cinema fewer than a dozen times in my life, his music was totally unknown to me when I first heard this disc on the Marco Polo label. That I am sure will be the case with many others, Young’s name having been lost in the film annals after his death in 1956 at the age of fifty-six. His most productive and highly acclaimed years came at the end of the large-scale orchestral scores that were used as a backdrop to the romantic film era. At the same time the need of such composers as Korngold, Steiner and Waxman came to an end, but there names have fortunately lived. His life had originated in America, but was brought up by grandparents in Poland where he studied the violin at the Warsaw Conservatoire. He made his concert debut there, and it was with that career in mind that he returned to the States to find fame and fortune. His subsequent involvement in films is detailed in the disc’s excellent programme notes. So I listen with innocent ears, and guess with the visuals telling the story, Young’s scores would have added an extra dimension. At the end of his years he had written over 300 scores, many orchestrated by him, The Uninvited and Gulliver’s Travels proof of his skill in this department. As background music I have much enjoyed the disc, and it appears the Moscow performers were of a similar mind, their contribution being enthusiastic under the direction of William Stromberg, himself a film composer and a studio conductor. The recording dates from 1997 has a suitable impact. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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