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KORNGOLD: Sea Hawk (The) / Deception

Composer(s):Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music
Catalogue 8.570110-11
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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AT LAST! For the first time the complete Erich Wolfgang Korngold score (over one hour and forty minutes) for the 1940 classic film THE SEA HAWK on two CDs – newly recorded and including music omitted in the final release version of the film. In addition, on the second CD, for the first time, the complete Korngold score to the 1946 Bette Davis drama, DECEPTION, including Korngold’s Cello Concerto as presented in the film rather than the concert hall version. Our recording also includes the original trailer music for both films.

William Stromberg conducts the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Chorus from the score restoration by John Morgan -- the team that has provided impeccable and authentic classic film score recordings over many years.


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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

John Morgan has restored Korngold’s amazing complete score for the famous Errol Flynn vehicle, The Sea Hawk, continually bursting with musical ideas, and Naxos have coupled it with the score for Deception, including a famous concertante cello part (warmly played here by Alexander Zagorinsky) which was to form the nucleus of the later cello concerto. The Russian performances have appropriate Hollywood-styled hyperbole, even if there is some lack of refinement in the sumptuous recording. But this is a unique set, showing he sheer fertility of the composer’s imagination.

Review By Jessica Duchen,Classic FM,August 2007

A feast for Korngold junkies: the first complete recording of Korngold's entire film scores for the swashbuckler The Sea Hawk (1940) and Deception (1946), a thriller starring Bette Davis for which Korngold wrote the original version of his Cello Concerto. The Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Stromberg lavish love, attention and high energy on these rich scores; the composer rightly regarded them as 'operas without singing'. The plummy Russian-style, dark-'I'ed mezzo-soprano Irina Romishevskaya is rather a hoot in 'Maria's Song' from The Sea Hawk, but Alexander Zagorinsky in the Cello Concerto is incandescent, and the vibrant strings and strident brass enter superbly into the spirit.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2007

Apart from Warner's original recording orchestra, precious few have heard Korngold's complete and extensive score for The Sea Hawk, yet it has taken on an almost mythical legendary state among film buffs. That we now have the first recording is due to the tireless efforts of John Morgan who traced all of the original material in differing formats, some requiring rescoring, a task undertaken by Morgan and the conductor, William Stromberg. The result is a complete world premiere recording of every note Korngold wrote for the film lasting over 105 minutes, including those passages later taken out of the film. Even the trailer that was screened in cinemas before the film was shown is included as an appendage. Musically the score is potent in its dramatic content, though most of the



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