Captain Blood and Other Swashbucklers

Captain Blood and Other Swashbucklers

by Brandenburg Philharmonic
     
 

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Although officially titled Captain Blood on its spine, this CD offers a lot more than just that Erich Wolfgang Korngold score (which takes up just under 20 minutes here). Indeed, one of the unexpected delights comes during the opening with the presentation of Miklós Rózsa's mostly overlooked and unknown score for The King'sSee more details below

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Although officially titled Captain Blood on its spine, this CD offers a lot more than just that Erich Wolfgang Korngold score (which takes up just under 20 minutes here). Indeed, one of the unexpected delights comes during the opening with the presentation of Miklós Rózsa's mostly overlooked and unknown score for The King's Thief (1955), an adventure film set during the reign of Charles II, which is one of the most unabashedly rousing pieces of music ever to come from the composer, with rich horn and brass parts ornamenting the entire seven-and-a-half-minute suite. Victor Young's music from Scaramouche, which follows, is a bit more romantic in character, with long, lush violin parts to carry much of its length. Then comes Korngold's score, a breakthrough work for the composer that, in one fell swoop, established him at Warner Bros. and in Hollywood after a lifetime spent in the opera houses and concert halls of Vienna -- opening with a bold drum roll and a fanfare on the brass, horns, and strings which, once heard, is never forgotten, the music distilled down the essence of the heroic plot line in seemingly effortless fashion, and makes for 19 delightful minutes of listening here. And Max Steiner's music for The Three Musketeers (1935) closes this CD with a nearly 19-minute suite, which contains some of the finer adventure scoring of its era by the man who practically invented the technique of scoring the sound film -- if Steiner lacks Korngold's refinement and inventiveness, he makes up for it with a panache born of the opera house and the operetta stage, and a boldness in orchestration that surprised and delighted filmgoers in 1935 and still pleases the ear today. The Brandenburg Philharmonic, based in Potsdam, plays beautifully throughout, and conductor Richard Kaufman captures the essential nuances of the diverse composers represented here, and the annotation is reasonably thorough as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0730099360722
catalogNumber:
223607

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Tracks

  1. The King's Thief  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  2. Main Title  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  3. Vanished Merchant  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  4. The Tomb, André and Aline  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  5. Why?  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  6. Pavane  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  7. André Escapes  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  8. The Big Apple  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  9. The Magic Box/Roses and Napoleon  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  10. End Cast  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  11. Main Title  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  12. Slaves -- Arabella and Blood  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  13. Tortuga  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  14. Port Royal/Island of Magra/English and Pirates Ship  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  15. Pirates' Flag  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  16. Finale  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  17. To Paris/Fencing Demonstration  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  18. Love Theme  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  19. Fight Behind Palace  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  20. Night Time/Pigeons  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  21. Carriage Ride  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic
  22. Finale  -  Brandenburg Philharmonic

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brandenburg Philharmonic   Primary Artist
Richard Kaufman   Conductor
Manfred Rosenberg   Conductor

Technical Credits

Miklós Rózsa   Composer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold   Composer
John Morgan   Arranger,Score Reconstruction
Christopher Palmer   Score Reconstruction
John Russell Morgan   Arranger
Klaus P. Hanusa   Executive Producer
Jörn Potratz   Director
William T. Stromberg   Score Reconstruction
Klaus Bischke   Producer,Digital Editing
Anne Klasen   Digital Editing
Tony Thomas   Liner Notes

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