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May 2 - 8, 2001

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From the Sound Stage

New releases of film soundtrack music.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Legend of the Scorpion King The Mummy Returns (OS 2001) Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Alan Silvestri The sequel to stinky 1999 remake of the 1932 Boris Karloff classic. Of the 1999 film, Leonard Maltin says: “Special effects galore but no sense of awe or wonder; what’s more, it goes on forever”. A Hollywood veteran, Silvestri’s credits include Forrest Gump, Volcano, What Lies Beneath, Contact and The Abyss.
Main Theme Bond Back in Action 2 (2000) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted Nic Raine By Bill Conti, from his score for the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Unlike most of the post-Connery Bond films, For Your Eyes Only does away with super villains and downplays the gadgetry and cheap jokes while playing up the suspense and intrigue.
Koskov Attacks - Hercules Take Off Bond Back in Action 2 (2000) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted Nic Raine By John Barry (of course!), from The Living Daylights (1987). This was Barry’s last Bond film and Timothy Dalton’s first. A classically trained actor, Dalton was effectively a “fill in” Bond until Pierce Brosnan became available. Dalton’s bond was darker, more serious and less of a womanizer - that is, more like Ian Fleming’s original.
Tank Drive Around St. Petersburg Bond Back in Action 2 (2000) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted Nic Raine From Goldeneye (1995). Although French composer Eric Serra wrote the score for Goldeneye, the producers were concerned about the lack of any reference to the classic ”James Bond Theme” (by Monty Norman), especially in the action-heavy tank chase scene in St. Petersburg. Serra’s arranger and orchestrator John Altman obliged with this cue, based entirely on the Norman theme.
Walkabout (theme) Walkabout (World Premiere Recording of the Original Film Score, 2000) The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine John Barry’s score for the 1971 film of the same name, directed and photographed by Nicolas Roeg. The story is about the adventures of two children abandoned in the Australian outback by their suicidal father.
Stranded Walkabout (World Premiere Recording of the Original Film Score, 2000) The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine Appropriately titled
The Deserted Settlement/The Final Dance Walkabout (World Premiere Recording of the Original Film Score, 2000) The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine If you listen carefully, behind the usual swelling lushness of Barry’s music, you can hear the didgeridoo--an indigenous Australian instrument.
Born in 1913 in New York City, Jerome Moross was a child prodigy who graduated Julliard at the age of 18. While writing musicals, ballets and concert works, Moross worked in Hollywood, first as an orchestrator for innumerable films in the late 1930s and 1940s, and then beginning in 1948, as a composer. Of his seventeen film scores, The Big Country (1958) is best known and now recognized as a 'Western' classic. Uncomfortable with the glitz of Hollywood, Moross and his wife never actually settled there, but commuted between Hollywood and New York. “I only went to Los Angeles when I had a film to do or when I needed the money”, Moross commented. Find out more about him at www.moross.com
Main Title - Cam The Cardinal - The Classic Film Scores of Jerome Moross (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman From The Jayhawkers (1959), a routine Western (Leonard Maltin described it as “turgid”) in which Moross’ score is probably the strongest element.
Annemarie (Quickstep) The Cardinal - The Classic Film Scores of Jerome Moross (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman This and the next cut are from The Cardinal (1963) a very long (2 hours, 55 minutes) Otto Preminger epic based on Henry Morton Robinson’s novel of the same name, although with most of the book’s critical comments on the Catholic Church hierarchy removed.
The Cardinal in Vienna The Cardinal - The Classic Film Scores of Jerome Moross (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman The story follows a young Irish-American priest from his ordination to his eventual election to the college of cardinals in Rome, set against the turbulent era from the beginning of World War I to the outbreak of World War II.
They Might Be Giants (Main Theme/The Game’s Afoot) Walkabout (WPR of the OS, 2000) The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine Two pieces from the 1972 film directed by Anthony Harvey, in which George C. Scott, a modern lawyer, believes he’s Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Mildred Watson, played by Joanne Woodward, tries to take him in hand.
The Tractor Factory Enemy at the Gates (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by James Horner Enemy at the Gates takes place during the siege of Leningrad during WW II and concentrates on the duel between Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law), a Russian sniper regarded in Russia as a the hero of the siege and his nemesis the Nazi sniper Major Konig (Ed Harris). A prolific composer, Horner has scored numerous high-profile films, including Titanic, Mask of Zorro, Glory, The Name of the Rose, Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III - The Search for Spock, and Braveheart. Find out more at www.hornershrine.com/


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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