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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, November 2015

The musical performance is probably the best recording you’ll hear… The orchestral playing is precise, the conducting vibrant, and the soundstage is not too reverberant. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

In the years that led to the Second World War, Europe bestowed a musical gift on Hollywood’s motion picture industry with the arrival of Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Born in Moravia in 1897, he had by that time established a major career, principally in the world of opera, the teenage composer described in Vienna’s musical circles as the latter-day Mozart, and heir apparent to Richard Strauss. They never forgave him for ‘selling himself’ to Hollywood, and on his returned to Austria, after hostilities ended, he was treated as an outcast whose talents had been exhausted before his arrival in the States. Today his credibility as a composer is being re-established, and it is true that for Hollywood he produced some of their most memorable film scores. The Adventures of Robin Hood was commissioned from him in 1937, its content of swashbuckling heroics and sentimental romantic sub-plot needing a sumptuous backdrop for a star-studded cast filmed in the latest spectacular colour. As John Morgan, who has prepared the score for this recording, writes in the programme notes, to rediscover the music proved frustratingly difficult. Even with the most prestigious films, the parts soon went missing or were simply destroyed. How he pieced together the twenty-five tracks that play for around seventy-six minutes, is a fascinating story of a ‘labour of love’. Though much has been written as to Korngold’s orchestration, those who know his opera scores will realise that most of that work was done by others. The result is a ‘must have’ release for film buffs, the playing of the Moscow Symphony, with William Stromberg conducting, has a typical Hollywood gloss, and the sound quality of this 2003 recording is characteristic of the silver screen. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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