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Saturday, September 14, 2013 Permalink

The Robin Hood Connection

Errol Flynn in the Warner Brothers production of Robin Hood

 

In 1920, composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was attacked by Vienna’s music critics for a symphonic work they called “too modern” and “too difficult.”

So, he must have found it particularly satisfying when—two decades later—he won the Oscar for his score to The Adventures of Robin Hood—which recycled much of that forgotten earlier work.

The story behind that is movie material itself — a series of dramatic turnabouts, with an unforgettable cast of characters, from Hollywood bigwigs to Nazi storm troopers.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Korngold: The Adventures Of Robin Hood

Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William Stromberg

Naxos 8.225268

 

0636943526828

Korngold - Orchestral Works Vol. 2 [for Symphonic Overture "Sursum Corda"]

Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra, Werner Albert

CPO 999150

761203915026

Sursum Corda & Sinfonietta

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthias Bamert

Chandos CHAN 9317

 

095115931721