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The Film Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Korngold: The Film Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2005

Originally recorded in 2004


BBC Philharmonic

Rumon Gamba


Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Ralph Couzens


Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Stephen Rinker

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Chandos Movies


Orchestral & Concertos

Film & TV Music

Total Time - 76:01
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The Film Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold



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The Sea Wolf

1 Main Title 2:33
2 The Fog 2:58
3 The 'Ghost' - Collision 6:30
4 'You still feel like refusing?' - Larsen's headache 2:14
5 Larsen's Room - The Patient 9:56
6 'Put some bars on her window' 1:58
7 Louie's Death 1:48
8 Love Scene - Mutiny - Headache/Blindness 11:40
9 Man Overboard 3:41
10 Escape - The 'Ghost' in Trouble 6:32
11 Return to the 'Ghost' - Trapped - Larsen and Van Weyden 1:43
12 Gunshot - Final Blindness 1:45
13 The Ship goes down - End Titles/Cast List 1:48

Trailer for 'The Sea Wolf'


The Adventures of Robin Hood

15 Old England 2:11
16 Robin Hood and his Merry Men 3:52
17 Love Scene 6:18
18 The Fight, Victory and Epilogue 3:54
Korngold: Film music. CHAN 10336

'For Michael Curtiz's 1941 big-screen adaptation of Jack London's The Sea Wolf Korngold produced one of his most searching scores… anyone coming to this music after the playful, swashbuckling fireworks of, say, The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood or The Adventures of Robin Hood may well be caught unawares by its comparatively uncompromising demeanour. The ominous 'Main Title' immediately sets the tone and demonstrates Korngold's masterly handling of an extremely large orchestra, which originally included the now defunct Novachord (patented by Hammond as the world's first synthesizer). Perhaps the most striking piece of scoring occurs in the 'Love Music' (track 8), where a solo harmonica intones one of Korngold's most sweetly poignant melodies against a backcloth of strings It's a rare moment of tenderness in an otherwise predominantly moody 55-minute sequence. There's a bonus in the shape of the music for the trailer And the collection concludes with an irresistible four-movement concert suite from The Adventures of Robin Hood Needless to say, Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic are completely at home in this colourful repertoire (the superb brass section has a field day) and the sound is as spectacularly rich and detailed as one could possible wish. Recommended with enthusiasm.' Andrew Achenbach, original Gramophone review

This is the premiere recording of the complete score of Korngold’s Sea Wolf – one of his finest scores, full of drama and imagination. Korngold was one of Hollywood’s most famous film music composers, whose highly romantic, brilliantly orchestrated scores have ensured their survival away from the screen.

Chandos’ Film Music series has received unanimous critical acclaim, both for the excellence of the sound and for the performances.

Robin Hood was one of the most influential scores in all film music and shows Korngold at his swashbuckling best!

Korngold made a seamless move from the world of classical music to that of Hollywood. His wonderful command of the orchestra and sweeping romantic sounds have influenced many later composers such as John Williams.

The Sea Wolf by Jack London is one of the most filmed stories in movie history. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score for the 1941 version – stark and brutally dissonant – shows him at his most dramatic, and comes closest to the style and mood of his extraordinary mystical operas Die tote Stadt and Das Wunder der Heliane.

The plot concerns Van Weyden, a writer, and two fugitives who have been given refuge aboard the mysterious sealer ‘Ghost’, captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew eventually mutinies against Larsen’s many crimes, but though Van Weyden and the fugitives try to escape Larsen’s clutches, they find themselves drawn inexorably back to him. Korngold began to compose his score when filming was complete, adopting his usual, unique method. Having already composed his main thematic material, based on observations made during shooting, he sat at the piano in the projection room and improvised to the running film until his music fitted it like a hand in a glove. Later, at home, he wrote the sequences from memory, marking each reel in time, elapsed by the second. As with most of Korngold’s film scores, the music is a continuous composition
and flows from cue to cue, more like a symphonic poem. Warners re-released The Sea Wolf in 1947 and trimmed its length by twelve minutes, unfortunately discarding the excised footage; this shortened version has been the only one available. For this recording, however, the missing musical sequences have been restored so that we can hear Korngold’s complete score for the first time since 1941.

Perhaps Korngold’s most famous film score was for the 1938 technicolor classic The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn. It won Korngold his second Oscar for Best Score, and soon after its release he assembled a short concert suite in four movements (with slightly reduced orchestration), one of the first pieces of film music to be played in concert. It is now regarded as one of the most influential scores ever written for the cinema.

How this orchestra relish the tuneful, witty scores that graced so many films…as ever, Chandos has done this repertoire proud with a luminous and full-bodied recording.
Gramophone on CHAN 10306 (Stanley Black)

Gamba draws a polished and wholehearted response from all involved.The Chandos recording has striking body and lustre; exemplary presentation, too. Very strongly recommended.
Gramophone on CHAN 10244 (Vaughan Williams)

Rumon Gamba’s spirited, enthusiastic conducting and the spectacular playing of the BBC ensemble are beyond cavil.
American Record Guide on CHAN 10262 (Ron Goodwin)

Chandos have been doing great things in the film score re-recording world over recent years, especially in the case of British composers of the Golden Age, such as Rawthorne and Alwyn. With this release, however, they break new ground, not only by tackling one of the Hollywood giants but in giving us a complete score rather than merely an arranged suite of themes… This Chandos CD is for me the crowning achievement so far of what was already an impressive addition to the Golden Age film music and one can only hope that Gamba and his forces will be able to record more complete scores before too long.
Music from the Movies

The recent focus on Korngold as a ‘serious’ composer has rather deflected critical attention from his film music. This wonderfully produced disc should redress that, though. One of his best-loved scores, ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’, sits alongside the grand sweep of his music for ‘The Sea Wolf’ which, at 55 minutes is almost a giant symphonic poem in itself
The Independent

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