Swashbucklers-Swordsmen of the Silver Screen
Hot on the heels of the label’s tribute to the “Warriors of the Silver Screen” (7/97) comes this generous double-helping of music from another of the cinema’s most endearing genres. The swashbuckler has inspired many superb scores and certainly none are more distinctive nor more influential than those of Erich Korngold. Much has been written elsewhere about his four classic scores presented on this set, so all I will add here is that even if these readings are not the most vibrant to have appeared on disc they still cannot diminish the music’s radiant athleticism. A Korngoldian fervour inevitably blazes through many of the other hearty scores in this collection. Among the more interesting items are Max Steiner’s Adventures of Don Juan (starring a more mature Errol Flynn, the homage is deliberate and features a particularly dazzling parade through London), John Du Prez’s rousing set-piece written for the short film that preceded
On the whole, the Prague orchestra launch themselves into their selections with great enthusiasm, and the sound throughout is suitably spectacular, making this special-priced set a spirited and highly enjoyable celebration of those sword-wielding men in tights. '