King Kong [Marco Polo]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
William J. Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra deliver the definitive performance of Max Steiner's 1933 King Kong score. In contrast to some modern orchestra re-recordings, which are too genteel by half, Stromberg and the MSO turn in a kick-ass performance of the first great film score of the sound era. Oscar Levant described King Kong as "a symphony accompanied by a movie," and Stromberg's approach lends itself to this intensity -- the MSO plays this material as though they're sinking their teeth into a rich work of Tchaikovky or Sibelius, playing it all bigger than life, from the rhythmic savagery of the "Jungle Dance" to the ominous horn and string passages, but ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
William J. Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra deliver the definitive performance of Max Steiner's 1933 King Kong score. In contrast to some modern orchestra re-recordings, which are too genteel by half, Stromberg and the MSO turn in a kick-ass performance of the first great film score of the sound era. Oscar Levant described King Kong as "a symphony accompanied by a movie," and Stromberg's approach lends itself to this intensity -- the MSO plays this material as though they're sinking their teeth into a rich work of Tchaikovky or Sibelius, playing it all bigger than life, from the rhythmic savagery of the "Jungle Dance" to the ominous horn and string passages, but always with great precision and virtuosity. There have been a few small modifications to the score as performed in the film -- in addition to the restoration of parts that got lost in the final release print, the edits made for reel changes and other mechanical limitations in the film recording are no longer a factor in the music. The digital recording runs circles around all previous versions of this score. The annotation is also very rewarding, going into the technical and musical innovation introduced in this music in rich and delightful detail.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • UPC: 730099376327
  • Catalog Number: 223763

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Max Steiner Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Moscow Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
William T. Stromberg Conductor
David Allen Vocals
Technical Credits
Danny Elfman Liner Notes
Ray Bradbury Liner Notes
Bob Auger Engineer
John Lasher Producer
William T. Stromberg Liner Notes
Lennie Moore Arranger
James d'Arc Liner Notes
Louise Klos Steiner Elian Liner Notes
Ray Faiola Liner Notes
Eric Fowles Cover Design
Ray Harryhausen Liner Notes
John Morgan Liner Notes
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