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  • Composer: Korngold
  • Audio CD (Sept. 1 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MP
  • ASIN: B00001NTPP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Main Title - Forword - The Village
2. The Moors - Charlotte - Emily
3. Bedroom - Inn
4. Nicholls - Bedroom - Outside - Packing Montage - Farewell
5. Lunch - Poorhouse - Love Scene - The Moors - Wuthering Heights
6. The Girls - Nicholls Outside - Branwell And Horses
7. Brussels - The Dream
8. Charlotte's Romance - Charlotte - The Boat - England
9. The Graves - The Meeting
10. Stairway - Bedroom - Library
11. Branwell's Death
12. Jane Eyre - London Montage - Thackeray
13. Autograph - Modiste - Banquet - Opera
14. In the Park
15. The Truth
16. Charlotte's Arrival - Emily - Charlotte - The Death - The End

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold only wrote music for 19 films and always thought of himself as a "serious" composer, yet although his concert works are now being rediscovered it is for his influence on the cinema that he is best remembered. He defined the swashbuckler with The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk and before this release Marco Polo issued new recordings of his scores for Another Dawn and Captain Blood. Devotion was a disastrous version of the story of the Bronte sisters, with Korngold's lush and elegant music the film's only saving grace. Imbued with his innate lyrical sensibility, Korngold composed an enormous range of material, from the playful to the dramatic and intensely heartfelt. Kings Row remains his masterpiece of melodrama but whatever the film Korngold always wrote to the highest standards and for Devotion he created another rich and complex romantic work. Immaculately reconstructed by John W. Morgan, this recording brings to life all the subtle details lost in the original 1940s soundtrack, so that really for the first time we have the opportunity to appreciate the breadth of what is in all but name a 70-minute film symphony. Superbly packaged, this release makes a strong addition to any collection of classic film music. --Gary S. Dalkin

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I haven't taken this gorgeous CD off my player since I bought it. This is the most lush recording of Korngold's work I've ever heard, bringing back memories of the underrated film which was a romanticized biography of the Bronte sisters and featured excellent performances by Olivia de Havilland, Paul Henried, Ida Lupino and Sydney Greenstreet. The music is so evocative of the Yorkshire moors and the brooding atmosphere of the Bronte story that it gave much needed added dimension to the film, especially in the highly dramatic moments. The orchestrations are superbly rendered by the musicians under William Stromberg's masterful direction and all in all the Moscow Symphony Orchestra does an impeccable job. I've waited over the decades for this score to be available and my wait was well worthwhile! If you admire Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this soaring musical score deserves to be at the top of your list of must buys. It comes with an interesting and informative booklet including notes on the making of the film as well as commentary on the music itself. Any discussion of Korngold's film music is incomplete without reference to this beautiful score. The stirring and richly dramatic main theme is alone well worth the price of admission!
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Folks, it rarely gets better than this for audio CDs (eat your heart out, MP3!): five stars (out of five) for orchestral arrangement and performance; five for music excerpt/cue selection and proper sequencing; five for sound quality; and five for the documentation in the CD booklet (back to this in a moment). "Korngold: Devotion" is the latest in a series of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (EWK) film symphonies recorded by Mr. Stromberg. It is by far Mr. Stromberg's best to date (and they've all been pretty outstanding). The booklet that comes with this CD is huge (it can barely fit into the CD case!), and is mostly provided courtesy of Mr. Brendan Carroll. Mr. Carroll is, of course, the author of the recent, definitive biography of EWK. He is not just an authority on the composer; he flat out knows more about the man than any life form in the Galaxy. To say the booklet is crammed with meticulous and delicious facts about EWK, his score, and the film (much of which is not widely known or newly revealed here) is a bit of an understatement. A closing note of caution. Prior recordings of EWK film symphonies by Mr. Stromberg have gone out of print in near Internet speed (which I've learned the hard way). If you're thinking about buying this CD, I sure wouldn't dally!
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This CD simply puts me to sleep. 70 minutes of film music that jumps in between dialogue about the Bronte's. If this is your cup of tea, then I will say that it is recorded well. But oh for some modern day producer who understood how to make movie soundtracks. Most of the composers are dead, and even many of their heirs. Erich Korngold would never have produced his music this way. Nowadays, nobody knows, so they just release as much of it as they can. But it's not like an opera or ballet score where every cue has a thematic connection or a musical purpose. A lot of this is just 'filler'. Of course it's Korngold filler, so some may be interested. But, well, we knew he could orchestrate didn't we?
This might have made an great 20 or 30 minute suite. Musically speaking, it's just kind of boring as it stands now.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa67b709c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6836264) out of 5 stars Superlative ear candy (and quite a bit more)! Oct. 2 1999
By William Flanigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Folks, it rarely gets better than this for audio CDs (eat your heart out, MP3!): five stars (out of five) for orchestral arrangement and performance; five for music excerpt/cue selection and proper sequencing; five for sound quality; and five for the documentation in the CD booklet (back to this in a moment). "Korngold: Devotion" is the latest in a series of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (EWK) film symphonies recorded by Mr. Stromberg. It is by far Mr. Stromberg's best to date (and they've all been pretty outstanding). The booklet that comes with this CD is huge (it can barely fit into the CD case!), and is mostly provided courtesy of Mr. Brendan Carroll. Mr. Carroll is, of course, the author of the recent, definitive biography of EWK. He is not just an authority on the composer; he flat out knows more about the man than any life form in the Galaxy. To say the booklet is crammed with meticulous and delicious facts about EWK, his score, and the film (much of which is not widely known or newly revealed here) is a bit of an understatement. A closing note of caution. Prior recordings of EWK film symphonies by Mr. Stromberg have gone out of print in near Internet speed (which I've learned the hard way). If you're thinking about buying this CD, I sure wouldn't dally!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa71d17f8) out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this... Nov. 11 2000
By Neil F. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I haven't taken this gorgeous CD off my player since I bought it. This is the most lush recording of Korngold's work I've ever heard, bringing back memories of the underrated film which was a romanticized biography of the Bronte sisters and featured excellent performances by Olivia de Havilland, Paul Henried, Ida Lupino and Sydney Greenstreet. The music is so evocative of the Yorkshire moors and the brooding atmosphere of the Bronte story that it gave much needed added dimension to the film, especially in the highly dramatic moments. The orchestrations are superbly rendered by the musicians under William Stromberg's masterful direction and all in all the Moscow Symphony Orchestra does an impeccable job. I've waited over the decades for this score to be available and my wait was well worthwhile! If you admire Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this soaring musical score deserves to be at the top of your list of must buys. It comes with an interesting and informative booklet including notes on the making of the film as well as commentary on the music itself. Any discussion of Korngold's film music is incomplete without reference to this beautiful score. The stirring and richly dramatic main theme is alone well worth the price of admission!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e5ba08) out of 5 stars Far more here than you might expect! Aug. 1 2009
By William Dodd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you want Captain Blood or Robin Hood, give it a miss. If you want incredibly lovely Korngold music that will stay in your player for days, go for it. I don't understand it, but this is music that you can chew on in spite of it's "medium" intensity throughout. I love it. I've bought two copies, the second after the first developed issues from a scratch. Korngold will fool you with his simple romantic nature that suddendly yields sophistication beyond all expectations.
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa71d1840) out of 5 stars As much as I love Korngold.... July 21 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD simply puts me to sleep. 70 minutes of film music that jumps in between dialogue about the Bronte's. If this is your cup of tea, then I will say that it is recorded well. But oh for some modern day producer who understood how to make movie soundtracks. Most of the composers are dead, and even many of their heirs. Erich Korngold would never have produced his music this way. Nowadays, nobody knows, so they just release as much of it as they can. But it's not like an opera or ballet score where every cue has a thematic connection or a musical purpose. A lot of this is just 'filler'. Of course it's Korngold filler, so some may be interested. But, well, we knew he could orchestrate didn't we?
This might have made an great 20 or 30 minute suite. Musically speaking, it's just kind of boring as it stands now.


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