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August 27, 2000

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Another round of new film soundtrack recordings.
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
I'd Rather Charleston With You Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola George Gershwin and Desmond Carter. Originally from Lady Be Good (1924). This is one of several songs from the 1920s, '30s and '40s interpolated into this latest Kenneth Branagh Shakespeare film, which is set in the years immediately preceding WW II.
Cheek to Cheek Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester An Irving Berlin classic written, like "I'd Rather Charleston.." for Fred Astaire, this time for the 1935 film Top Hat (in many ways the definitive Astaire/Rogers musical).
Let's Face the Music and Dance Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester, Emily Mortimer, Carmen Ejogo More Irving Berlin, once again written as an Astaire vehicle for Follow the Fleet (1936) which co-starred Ginger Rogers.
There's No Business Like Show Business Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Nathan Lane, Company And yet more Irving Berlin, this time from Annie Get Your Gun (1946). Lane is, of course, a familiar figure on the Broadway musical scene, having starred in recent revivals of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996) and Guys and Dolls (1992), among others.
Love's Labour's Lost Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by James Shearman We thought it only fair to include some of the original music composed by Patrick Doyle (who is a frequent collaborator of Branagh's, going back to their theatre days).
I Get a Kick Out of You Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Timothy Spall Cole Porter this time, from Anything Goes (1934).
They Can't Take That Away From Me Love's Labour's Lost (OS 2000) Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester, Emily Mortimer, Carmen Ejogo George and Ira Gershwin and yet another song premiered by Astaire. This one is from the 1937 film Shall We Dance, for which the Gershwins wrote the score.
Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) Bless the Child (OS 2000) London Metropolitan Orchestra cond. by Allan Wilson Music by Christopher Young. Unlike most soundtrack albums, this one has only five tracks, each one bearing the title of a section of the Roman Catholic mass. The Dies Irae is the section describing the end of the world, the last trumpet, etc.

Born in 1959 in New Jersey, Young got his BA in music from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and did graduate work at North Texas State (widely known for its student jazz band). He spent much of the 1980s scoring science fiction/fantasy and horror films ( Hellraiser, Barbarian Queen, The Fly II and other masterpieces) but has broadened his horizons in the last decade or so. Recent projects include The Big Kahuna and Wonder Boys.
Coast Guard Rescue The Perfect Storm (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by James Horner The score for this tragic story of Man Against Nature is by James Horner, a prolific film composer best known for his score for Titanic. Other famous scores include Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn (1982), Cocoon (1985), An American Tail (1986), Field of Dreams (1989) and Patriot Games (1992)


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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