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KORNGOLD: Sea Hawk (The) / Deception

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Stromberg, William

William Stromberg


Moscow Symphony Chorus


Mosfilm Studio, Moscow, Russia

Record Label


Film & TV Music


Total Time - 144:55
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KORNGOLD: Sea Hawk (The) / Deception



  Disc 1  

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The Sea Hawk (complete score restored by J. Morgan)

1 Main Title 2:07
2 Spain: King and Alvarez - Dona Maria - Alvarez-Lopez - The Slaves 2:02
3 The Big Drum 4:29
4 The Albatross - Battle - Duel - Thanks for Convincing the Trumpeter 8:59
5 Slaves Release 7:06
6 Night Banquet 2:13
7 Love Scene on the Boat - The Throne Room 7:57
8 The Sea Hawks - The Monkey - Captain Thorpe's Entrance - Exit - Elizabeth and Thorpe 6:25
9 Map of Panama 2:03
10 Rose Garden 4:34
11 Albatross-Kroner - Chart Maker - Astronomer 3:20
12 The Chess Game - Farewell - Panama Montage - The Orchid 7:00
13 Thorpe's Men Hiding - Gold Caravan 2:30
14 Attack - You Know My Name - March - The Fight - In the Jungle - Relax - Thorpe cuts through Jungle - Ocean - The Hanging Man - The Trial - The Galley 13:29
15 Maria's Song - After Maria's Song - Maria Faints - Elizabeth Against Philip 3:49
  Disc 2  

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1 After the Council - Maria's Bedroom - Spanish Boat - I am Abbott - Rebellion - Cadiz 9:22
2 The Slaves Liberate Themselves - The Murder 3:01
3 The Fight with the Guard 2:37
4 Knife Fight 0:42
5 Happy Sailing 1:26
6 The Arrival 1:18
7 Reunion - New Difficulties 5:18
8 Thorpe enters into Castle - Duel 5:04
9 Finale - End Cast 3:38
10 Original Theatrical Trailer 4:01

Deception (complete score restored by J. Morgan)

11 Main Title 1:38
12 Mysterioso 1:54
13 Jealousy - Tenderness 2:40
14 After the Party 2:52
15 A Pity 0:51
16 Preparation 1:06
17 Paraphrase 0:46
18 Newspaper 0:43
19 Mirror 1:33
20 Murder 1:50
21 Alibi 1:15
22 If 1:09
23 The End - The Cast 1:09
24 Original Theatrical Trailer 3:36
25 Cello Concerto (original version) 7:23
 William Stromberg Soloist
 Stromberg, William

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.

Included in the two-CD set is a 24 page booklet written by Korngold–Sea Hawk–Deception authorities Brendan Carroll, Rudy Behlmer, and John Morgan. After THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD recorded complete by Naxos in 2003), THE SEA HAWK has been the most requested Korngold score by film music aficionados.

"....recommended with enthusiasm." ****½

Peter Joelson - Audiophile Audition - August 2012

"Film Music Classics is a very enterprising series from Naxos ... this volume all the more desirable as it’s the only recording of all the music Korngold wrote for these films. I’ve heard one instalment in this series so far—Shostakovich’s music for Hamlet—and was mightily impressed by both the performance and sound. The Moscow Symphony ... are a good choice for this repertoire as they—and the California-born conductor William Stromberg—are much involved in contemporary cinema ... The Sea Hawk ... has it all; action, intrigue, love interest and…a rousing speech from Elizabeth the First about the pursuit of freedom. Propaganda aside, there’s plenty of variety in this nautical score, from the sting of spray and flutter of pennants—splendid cymbals and fanfares—to exotic locations, acts of derring-do and moments of the most tender love music. It’s all superbly played and recorded, with necessary amplitude when required. Remarkably for a score that plays for just under eighty minutes The Sea Hawk has enough changes of musical tack to keep one listening to the very end. The writing for Deception, a film noir directed by Irving Rapper, is very different ... there’s a symphonic breadth and focus that’s very impressive indeed. That said, it’s still vintage Korngold—rich and creamy—and it features the cello concerto that he later expanded into a stand-alone piece. It’s all very accomplished, and the downloadable liner-notes are extremely detailed and eminently readable. There’s no competition either, as these are the only complete recordings available ... completists and film buffs will pounce on this Naxos release; audiophiles will find much to enjoy here, too."

Dan Morgan - - July 2012

"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."     ***

The Penguin Guide - January 2009

                       Artistic Quality 10                Sound Quality 10

"The mere fact that Erich Korngold’s complete score for The Sea Hawk exists will probably be enough for most film-score buffs to leap up and grab this release, even were it not as fine as it actually is. What we have here, for all intents and purposes, is a vast symphonic poem only a couple of minutes shy of two full hours. It’s all vintage Korngold: the heraldic fanfares and swaggering tunes for the "good guys", the luscious love music, brooding atmospheric bits, and thrilling action sequences, all decked out in the most sumptuous orchestration imaginable. William Stromberg and his irrepressible sidekick John Morgan have outdone themselves in bringing all of this music to life. The performance is brilliant, the engineering among the best from this source. As if that weren’t enough, we also get the music from Deception, a Betty Davis vehicle that gave birth to Korngold’s Cello Concerto (here performed as in the film, in its original, shorter form). While recognizably the work of the same composer, the score is darker and more subdued in keeping with the film’s "noir" ambience. What it all adds up to is almost two-and-a-half hours of "golden-age" music from two golden-age movies, magnificently played and recorded, on two very reasonably priced CDs. This isn’t just essential for Korngold or film score collectors--this release also is perfect for mp3 players, long car trips, or any activity that needs a nice big chunk of orchestral music to while away an hour or two. If this isn’t an irresistible bargain, then I don’t know what is."

David Hurwitz - - June 2008


"...the complete Korngold scores for The Sea Hawk and Deception is ... the final release in their highly acclaimed…Naxos film-music series…recording containing excellent performances of two complete Korngold scores with superb modern stereo sound is self-recommending."

Arthur Lintgen - Fanfare - November 2008

"...Korngold’s roistering score for the 1940 Errol Flynn swashbuckler The Sea Hawk remains one of his supreme achievements... no self-respecting aficionado of the genre will want to be without this irresistible Naxos double-pack."

Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - September 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." ****

Jessica Duchen - Classic FM - August 2007

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