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  1. Korngold died today 50 years ago.

    NP: The Sea Hawk/Deception cool
  2. So glad he made the switch from classical to film composer. I don't know what I would have done without The Adventures of Robin Hood. Not to mention Kings Row, The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood, Anthony Adverse, The Constant Nymph, Juarez etc etc
    I'm your Piper at the gates of dawn.
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007
    ESSENTIAL ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD SCORES PREMIERE AT LAST

    Film Score Monthly releases a definitive 2-CD set of lauded composer’s Kings Row and The Sea Wolf soundtracks

    Linden, VA – November 30, 2007 – There are the great film composers – and then there is Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

    In its first time to feature the legendary composer, Film Score Monthly proudly presents two of Korngold’s finest film scores: Kings Row and The Sea Wolf.

    A child prodigy in his native Vienna, Korngold found success in Hollywood as probably the finest symphonic composer ever to write for the movies. His swashbuckling scores for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Sea Hawk (1940) set the gold standard for sheer musicality and melody, creating not only generations of film music fans, but much of what is considered film music itself. Korngold's concert music was often critically damned for sounding too much like film music when, in fact, it was film music that sounded like him, so influential was his contribution to the genre.

    As the 1940s began, the composer moved away from scoring colorful period adventures and embarked on an interesting series of films dealing with complex adult subjects more to his taste. Two of the first – and best – come in as definitive a form as possible in this premiere 2CD set.

    Kings Row (1942) was an adaptation of the Henry Bellamann novel about sin and human failings in a small midwestern American town circa 1900. Best known for Ronald Reagan's most famous performance (in which he cries "Where's the rest of me?" after discovering his legs have been amputated), the film is an American classic and the forerunner to stories such as Peyton Place. Legend has it that Korngold composed his fanfare-like main theme under the mistaken notion that the film was about royalty – but that does not explain how this sublime melody so perfectly fits the poem "Invictus" that ends the film.

    Even fans who have not heard Kings Row have likely heard of it: the main theme is famously one of the inspirations for John Williams’ theme to Star Wars, as well as a portion of Superman. But the score is more than one theme; staying true to his Viennese roots, Korngold composed a marvelous and breathtaking stream of thematic material that coursed with the passion, tragedy and longing of the film's small-town characters.

    The Sea Wolf (1941) was one of the composer's darkest projects. The film was adapted from Jack London’s novel and stars Edward G. Robinson as a tyrannical sea captain who terrorizes his passengers and crew. Gloomy and shrouded in fog, the film is rather a precursor to the wave of films noir – as is Korngold's score, with its brutal soundscapes and sinister colors, including vibraphone and Novachord synthesizer. Yet Korngold provides melody throughout, including a beautiful love theme and powerful, crashing main title theme. The Sea Wolf is one of his least-known works but also one of the best.

    Both Kings Row and The Sea Wolf have been mastered from monaural 1/4" tapes made of the original optical film recordings conducted by Korngold for the films themselves. The Sea Wolf is complete; Kings Row is nearly complete, missing only a few lost cues, such as the chorus to the "Invictus" finale. Liner notes to this historic release are by Korngold biographer Brendan G. Carroll.

    Here's the link: http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=8271

    -Erik-
    host and producer of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO | www.cinematicsound.net | www.facebook.com/cinematicsound | I HAVE TINNITUS!
  3. I'm not a huge fan of Korngold's scores but I like Kings Row and I'm looking forward to hearing this score as individual cues rather than the 25-minute suites on the Gerhardt/NPO re-recordings.
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      CommentAuthorNautilus
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007
    The Sea Hawk varese Edition punk
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007
    FalkirkBairn wrote
    I'm not a huge fan of Korngold's scores but I like Kings Row and I'm looking forward to hearing this score as individual cues rather than the 25-minute suites on the Gerhardt/NPO re-recordings.


    I know it takes a little work but you can easily import that two suites into an audio editing application and separate the tracks. The tracks DON'T bleed into one another so it's easy to find the brakes. And the track listing is on the back of the album.

    -Erik-
    host and producer of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO | www.cinematicsound.net | www.facebook.com/cinematicsound | I HAVE TINNITUS!
  4. Erik Woods wrote
    FalkirkBairn wrote
    I'm not a huge fan of Korngold's scores but I like Kings Row and I'm looking forward to hearing this score as individual cues rather than the 25-minute suites on the Gerhardt/NPO re-recordings.


    I know it takes a little work but you can easily import that two suites into an audio editing application and separate the tracks. The tracks DON'T bleed into one another so it's easy to find the brakes. And the track listing is on the back of the album.

    -Erik-

    Now that the new FSM gives some sort of a guide as to how long each of the cues are, I did think of this as a project for the future.

    At the moment, I'm going through the 3 booklets that came with the complete versions of The Lord of The Rings and sampling all the listed themes, etc for easy reference.
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009 edited
    THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER
    composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    NOW AVAILABLE!

    http://www.tributefilmclassics.com/catalog/TFC1006/

    Rich ... complex ... difficult ... demanding ... impossibly fast ... and fun. These are but a few of the descriptions attributed to the film music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

    So it is with Tribute Film Classics' impeccable new rerecording of Korngold's music for The Prince and the Pauper, the 1937 Warner Bros. version of Mark Twain's endearing tale of mistaken identity and court intrigue starring Errol Flynn. "Korngold's score is reminiscent of music for a commedia dell'arte; it is sparkling, humorous, and heartwarming, capturing all the naiveté of childhood, the regal splendor of the court, and the demeaning poverty of Tudor England," says the composer's son, George Korngold.

    Korngold's signature talents are in full evidence in this score: elaborate percussion, joyous trumpets, plaintive French horns, ethereal strings, angelic harps, playful piccolos, rollicking piano. All come together in this full-bodied work that encompasses royal pageantry, wry humor, heartrending tenderness, and, of course, the exuberantly dizzying action scoring for which Korngold is well known.

    "I found it to be one of the most musically dense scores we've reconstructed," says Tribute executive producer Anna Bonn. "The Moscow Symphony Orchestra performed every note with expertise and made us proud. Music of Korngold's quality deserves to be found, restored, and polished so that new generations can enjoy its treasures."

    William T. Stromberg once again conducts the esteemed orchestra that has performed previous Tribute recordings such as Bernard Herrmann's Mysterious Island, Fahrenheit 451,and The Kentuckian, and Max Steiner's She and The Charge of the Light Brigade�all to unanimous acclaim.

    "Bill conducted this difficult music with gusto, and the orchestra followed him with precision and excitement," says producer and noted score reconstructionist John W. Morgan. "I was delighted that Bill was able to retain Korngold's eccentric tempo changes in some of the (seemingly) impossibly fast music�and even more delighted that the orchestra stayed right with him!"

    "Conducting Korngold's music is just plain fun," says Stromberg. "Not only did he write some of the most gorgeous and joyously rambunctious music ever created for the cinema, he also wrote some of the most demanding for orchestra and conductor. You simply cannot be a "time-beater" when conducting his music�it is written in such a way that it must feel like one man performing at a piano with a natural musical ebb and flow ... only it actually involves seventy to eighty orchestra players all playing together!"

    Morgan adds, "I regard The Prince and the Pauper as one of Korngold's very best scores, and we hope our shared excitement is transferred to those who come to this music for the first time, as well as to veteran Korngold fans."

    This classic Korngold score CD comes with a 32-page full-color booklet marvelously designed by Jim Titus, featuring notes from each of the Tribute principals along with rare stills and artwork. Film historian Ryan Brennan provides an extensive overview of the production, and the cue-by-cue analysis is by Curt Hardaway.

    The expert production and distribution of this remarkable Tribute Film Classics CD is by Screen Archives Entertainment, located at www.screenarchives.com.

    -Erik-
    host and producer of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO | www.cinematicsound.net | www.facebook.com/cinematicsound | I HAVE TINNITUS!
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
    Of course I'm looking forward to this and a new recording of his violin concerto
    listen to more classical music!
  5. Good news. This reminds me, I really must get around to getting LIGHT BRIGADE.
    A butterfly thinks therefore I am
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
    It's a great score, but it should come as a surprise to no one that I am perfectly content with my rerecording from RCA back in the 90's (coupled with Steiner's THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN). However, this one is getting hard to come by, so it's nice to have it widely available again. Also, kudos should once again be given my ol' pal Jim Titus for the design. His work is really some of the very best out there, IMO.
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthormarkrayen
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
    sdtom wrote
    Of course I'm looking forward to this and a new recording of his violin concerto


    Who is doing a new recording of the violin concerto?
    • CommentAuthortjguitar
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
    this one is getting hard to come by


    It's ALWAYS been hard to come by, never even being released in the US.

    Who is doing a new recording of the violin concerto?


    Phillipe Quint

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027D … oh_product
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009 edited
    WHAT?!? No controversy over the fact that I'm pleased with the ol RCA release of PAUPER and won't be buying the new Tribute release?? What's happening?......oh, I forgot. I'm at maintitles.
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
    we jus too chill cool
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009 edited
    OK, how about this then:

    MICHAEL GIACCHINO SUCKS BIG TIME!

    moon
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
    Whatever floats your boat bro cool
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
    Thor wrote
    OK, how about this then:

    MICHAEL GIACCHINO SUCKS BIG TIME!

    moon


    Unfortunately you're probably safer saying that in a Korngold thread. Try saying it in a Zimmer thread and then see what happens (not least the swift and righteous punishment you will receive for going off topic!) dizzy
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
    Timmer wrote
    Whatever floats your boat bro cool


    crazy wink
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
    there is a new recording on Naxos
    Thomas
    listen to more classical music!
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
    http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue … pid=795229

    this is the link for the Korngold
    Thomas
    listen to more classical music!
  6. Thor wrote
    Timmer wrote
    Whatever floats your boat bro cool


    crazy wink


    Why, I even heard an expanded score the other day and thought to myself: "You know, the old album really was better". biggrin

    Of course it occurred to me later that I'd never heard the old album, but then that's the status quo impulse for you. Powerful impulse.
    A butterfly thinks therefore I am
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
    franz_conrad wrote
    Thor wrote
    Timmer wrote
    Whatever floats your boat bro cool


    crazy wink


    Why, I even heard an expanded score the other day and thought to myself: "You know, the old album really was better". biggrin

    Of course it occurred to me later that I'd never heard the old album, but then that's the status quo impulse for you. Powerful impulse.


    Well, you know, sado-masochism is not my thang....
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
    The team at Tribute did a very nice job! Love the theme!!!
    Thomas
    listen to more classical music!
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
    I just noticed that the Micheal G. thread had 2,286 comments and this one 25. sad
    listen to more classical music!
  7. But his track titles are so damn funny.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
    Well, surely you can't expect a thread about one of the bussiest, talked-about and perhaps worthiest ACTIVE young composers of today to have equal or less pages with the threads of any of the legends of the past. It just won't happen.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
    • CommentAuthormarkrayen
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
    Very true, but the 2,000 posts in MG vs. the 25 in EWK is noteworthy. Theres 80 times the activity in the former, thats a lot.
    • CommentAuthormarkrayen
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
    sdtom wrote
    The team at Tribute did a very nice job! Love the theme!!!
    Thomas


    Any review?
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009 edited
    What is there to discuss about Korngold? Problem is, he was a genius. (Bare with me here!)

    A genius such as Korngold is less likely to cause differences of opinions. Most people will agree he was a genius, which creates even less discussion. Then of course there's the fact that he's been dead for quite a while and not producing scores anymore, so even less "breaking Korngold news" (only in the form of rerecordings and the like, which is still relatively few and far between). Then there's the fact that this board is primarily into newer scores. Whether that's good or bad is beside the point, it just happens to be the case.

    So we're left to discuss either how much we love his scores, which will either consist of one sentence praising (which will mostly incur in the NP threads), or lengthy analyses of the finer technical qualities of his music (which tends to take a lot of musical know-how that not everyone, including myself, has). Since the latter takes a lot of effort and the former is reserved for the few on this board that are familiar with Korngold, I'm not surprised we only have few posts in this thread.

    Well, that's my theory anyway.