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Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Music From The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1988 Re-recording of 1938 Score)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Michael Curtiz's 1938 Technicolor swashbuckler, with Errol Flynn embodying the title character's mythic heroism and grinning charm, makes good the movies' tradition of action-driven spectacle, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold h... more »
Michael Curtiz's 1938 Technicolor swashbuckler, with Errol Flynn embodying the title character's mythic heroism and grinning charm, makes good the movies' tradition of action-driven spectacle, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold has magnified that irresistable force as well as become the template for generations of filmmakers emulating its stirring, virtuosic sweep. Like other transplanted European classicists creating the musical backdrop for Hollywood's swiftly evolving screen artistry, Korngold brought meticulous craftsmanship and a deep grounding in centuries of compelling, programmatic symphonic music. Soundtrack buffs know that Korngold, working under tight schedules, raided his own oeuvre to pluck the title hero's vivid main theme, and freely employs anachronistic Viennese waltzes, bombastic marches, and brilliantly scored, intricate orchestrations to animate this medieval legend. Anyone who's ever been thrilled by the irresistible film, or its glorious music, should care less: This is the mother lode for decades of exciting symphonic scores, still felt in John Williams's epochal Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones, among dozens of other indelible soundtracks. --Sam Sutherland
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Classic Movie! One of the best ever!
J. K. Moser | Flemington, New Jersey USA | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a little child my favorite movie was The Adventures of Robin Hood. While I still love the movie (still waiting rather impatiently for the DVD), the original score to the movie is now among my favorites. Robin Hood is one of if not the best movie score written by Korgold. The sense of adventure, danger, excitement and romance are captured perfectly in the different cords of his music. Whether its Robin's Merry Men sliding down vines and attacking Guy of Gisbourne in Sherwood, the climactic sword fight in the castle or the classic ending as Marion and Robin duck out of the castle, Korngold perfectly captures the emotions of the movie. The Adventures of Robin Hood is the kind of movie that helped make Hollywood what it is today."
"the film was great & Korngold's score made it a classic"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 11/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Varese Sarabande presents this classic among classics - "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" (1938), rollicking tale of the legendary outlaw, regarded as the standard-to-go-by swashbuckler. Grand castles and lush forest photography, with Errol Flynn in his prime, as our hero who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor - enthusiastically performed most of his own stunts, including intricate swordplay advanced tree and wall climbing.His Robin brimed with charm and bravura, protector of poor Saxons everywhere, declaring war on the Normans Prince John (Claude Rains) and doing battle with Sir Guy (Basil Rathbone) in one of the most spectacular sword-fights ever filmed.Erich Wolfgang Korngold was called upon to compose the archetypal score, more so even than his score for "Kings Row", in "Robin Hood" he came closest to creating an opera without singing, bolstering and carrying the action, at the same-time blends uninterrupted streams of colorful music. For "PROLOGUE(MAIN TITLE) use motif a sweeping, heroic trumpet theme...rest of the score a multitude of themes and variations entirely original, but track 5 "ROBIN MEETS LITTLE JOHN" is English folk song "Sumer Is Icumen In", with exceptional orchestration by Hugo Friedhofer, marked every texture and nuance - even exact voicing of chords highly dramatic and unique. Korngold set standards for Williams, Goldsmith, Horner and every composer from that time on, listen to this classic masterpiece and see what I mean...a great film and Korngold made it a classic!Total Time: 42:43 on 16 Tracks...Varese Sarabande 47202...(1988)"
OK- but 2004 COMPLETE Moscow Symphony recording is MAGNIFIC
jmrssn | 09/30/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD complete film score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra is the most magnificent rendition of this remarkable, hauntingly beautiful music. COMPLETE is the key word here as the Moscow Symphony performance has not edited the score for time considerations. John Morgan of Marco Polo Classic Film Music Series has restored bars of music previously taken out, and returned to the original full orchestration the score deserves. Don't buy this old, almost tinny recording when an infinitely better rendition awaits you.
It is available through Amazon. Play the previews and hear the difference!
The Adventures of Robin Hood, film score
Composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by William T. Stromberg"