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The Film Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold Vol 2 / Gamba

> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Main Title -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Spain -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Slaves -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Big Drum -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. The Albatross -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Battle -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Duel -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - I. Slaves' Release
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - II. Night Banquet -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - II. Love Scene on the Boat -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - II. Throne Room -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - II. Exit -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - II. Elizabeth and Thorpe
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - III. Rose Garden
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - IV. Jungle Orchid - Thorpe's Men Hiding -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - IV. Gold Caravan -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - IV. Attack -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - IV. Fight -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - IV. In the Jungle -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - IV. Ocean - The Hanging Man
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. The Galley -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. Spanish Boat -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. Rebellion - Along the Coast of Cadiz -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. The Slaves Liberate Themselves - The Murder -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. The Fight with the Guard -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. Knife Fight -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - V. Happy Sailing
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - VI. Thorpe Enters into Castle -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - VI. Duel - Thorpe Fights - Elizabeth Intervenes -
> The Sea Hawk Suite (arr. R. Gamba) - VI. Finale - End Title

Album Summary

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : The Sea Hawk, film score
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Released in July 1940, 'The Sea Hawk' was Korngold's last swash-buckler, and is arguably the finest film ever made in the genre. One of the most difficult assignments of Korngold's career, it required a score of extraordinary length and complexity. The music was superbly multi-layered and thematically complex, literally sweeping the film along and matching its extraordinary visuals. The comprehensive suite from the film score is presented here on a single disc.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Rumon Gamba's 77-minute suite in six parts from Korngold's towering score for The SeaHawk (1940) sensibly follows the action and will leave no listener in any doubt as to the giddy fecundity of top-flight invention and awesome architectural sweep of Korngold's exhilarating canvas. All the big set pieces are here, not least the unforgettable choral recapitulation of the main title ('Strike for the shores of Dover!'), while the gorgeous love music for Thorpe and Dona Maria is always most touchingly attended to (for a taster try track 14, 'Rose Garden').

Suffice to say, the orchestral playing under Gamba's judiciously paced lead has a sophisticated sheen, appropriate sense of spectacle (stellar brass contribution, as ever from this source) and whole-hearted commitment that testify to the BBC Philharmonic's unimpeachable credentials in this repertoire.

Apart from one jarringly audible page-turn, Chandos's production values leave nothing to be desired; indeed, the sound is gloriously wideranging, sumptuous and detailed. Throw in a particularly handsome booklet and it will by now be clear that every true Korngold fan should make haste to this terrific release.

Gramophone Magazine
The suite leaves no doubt as to the giddy fecundity and awesome architectural sweep of Korngold's exhilarating canvas. ... the orchestral playing under Gamba's judiciously paced lead has a sophisticated sheen, appropriate sense of spectacle... whole-hearted commitment that testify to the BBC Philharmonic's unimpeachable credentials in this repertoire...



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Works Details

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : The Sea Hawk, film score
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/04/2007-01/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1940