Erich Korngold was one of the composers who invented the sound of Hollywood – and his music for The Sea Hawk (a 1940 Erol Flynn swashbuckler) is passionate, exhilarating and hugely influences our very ideas of what film music should sound like.
I talk about all this with my pal, Lev Parikian.
Though the “overture” gets played in concerts, it doesn’t really exist as a thing that gets recorded! Mostly people record a suite – giving you more of Korngold’s great music…
So here are my recommendations:
I’ve selected my favourite bits (all the stuff Lev and I talked about) on Spotify:
Top conductor Vladimir Jurowski has made a suite of his favourite bits and it’s on Youtube complete with clips from the film and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia:
Total listen time 36mins [podcast plus music]
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