Swashbucklers-Swordsmen of the Silver Screen

Author: 
rseeley

Swashbucklers-Swordsmen of the Silver Screen

  • Captain Blood, Main Title
  • (The) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Main Title
  • (The) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Ireland
  • (The) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Love Scene
  • (The) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, End Cast (Finale)
  • (The) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Essex March
  • (The) Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Elizabeth
  • Hook
  • (The) Crimson Pirate, Pirate Capers Overture
  • Willow, Willow's Theme
  • Robin Hood, Attack on the Castle
  • Robin Hood, The Wedding
  • Robin Hood, Death of Folcanet
  • Robin Hood, Main Titles
  • Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, ~, Overture (Main Titles)
  • Robin and Marian, Dawn
  • Robin and Marian, The End
  • Robin and Marian, Attack on Sherwood
  • (The) Adventures of Robin Hood, Love Scene
  • (The) Sea Hawk, Main Title
  • (The) Sea Hawk, Reunion
  • (The) Sea Hawk, ~, Finale (End Title)
  • (The) Mark of Zorro, Zorro Theme (comp Friedhofer)
  • (The) Mark of Zorro, Madrid
  • (The) Mark of Zorro, Lolita
  • (The) Mark of Zorro, Finale
  • (The) Duellists, The Duellists Theme
  • (The) Duellists, The Fortune Teller
  • (The) Duellists, The Chateau
  • (The) Duellists, The Final Duel
  • (The) Buccaneer, Prelude
  • (The) Adventures of Don Juan, Don Juan
  • (The) Adventures of Don Juan, Don Juan's Serenade
  • (The) Adventures of Don Juan, Parade into London
  • (The) Adventures of Don Juan, Don Juan and the Queen
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, The Crimson Permanent Assurance: Overture
  • (The) Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, ~, Overture
  • (The) Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Prelude
  • (The) Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad Battles Kali
  • (The) Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Finale
  • (The) Swordsman of Siena, Prelude
  • Cutthroat Island, Main Title: Morgan's Ride

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 Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, William Alwyn’s The Crimson Pirate (a welcome example of the composer in a more Technicolored mode than usual), Alfred Newman’s scintillating, Spanish-flavoured The Mark of Zorro (the robust main theme written by an uncredited Hugo Friedhofer), and John Debney’s thrilling tour de force, complete with full choir, that opens Cutthroat Island (a recent attempt to revive the genre that bombed at the box office).
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. '

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