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August 22, 2001

Music from current films, among other things.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Rule the Planet Remix Planet of the Apes (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by Pete Anthony, additional guitars by Addison Swinford A remix by Paul Oakenfold of themes from Danny Elfman’s score, presumably aimed at FM radio and/or dance clubs.
Main Titles Planet of the Apes (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by Pete Anthony Find out more about the CD at www.planetoftheapesmusic.com/ and check out film PR at www.planetoftheapes.com
The Battle Begins Planet of the Apes (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by Pete Anthony We thought about putting a joke in here about everybody going ape, but decided to skip it.
Albania Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman The score is by Stephen Warbeck, who also wrote the score for Shakespeare in Love (1998), which was directed by John Madden, who also directed this film. Funny how that works out.
La Scala Songs Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (OS 2001) Nuccio Siano, La Scala Singers The songs are “La Donna è Mobile” (Verdi) and “Lilli Marlene” (Norbert Schultze and Numen Eliseo Rastellini)
The Tango Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman The story: on the sunny Greek island of Cephallonia, young Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) falls in love with the titular captain of the occupying Italian army (Nicolas Cage).
The Mandolin Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (OS 2001) Giovanni Paricelli (mandolin), orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman The St. Louis Post-Dispatch review (at www.stltoday.com) says, in part, “There's not a lot of chemistry between Cage and Cruz, and not a lot of time for it to develop, what with all the side issues Madden touches on. Eventually, of course, the war catches up with the happy little island, and the Italian soldiers make a brave decision, based on events that really happened on Cephallonia toward the end of the war in Europe.”
Limoni Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (OS 2001) Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman Still, it’s a nice score!
Ricdordo Ancor (Pelagia’s Song) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (OS 2001) Russell Watson, orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman This has been a big hit on England’s classic FM radio (www.classicfm.com) for some months now. The CD includes the "music video" version of this, which you can view by popping the CD into your PC or Macintosh.
The Others The Others (OS 2001) London Session Orchestra conducted by Claudio Ianni The score is by writer/director Alejandro Amenábar. The story begins with a voice-over bedtime story, hence the light and simple tone of the opening piece.
They Are Everywhere The Others (OS 2001) London Session Orchestra conducted by Claudio Ianni The year is 1945. In a creepy old house on a fog-shrouded British island, Grace (Nicole Kidman) awaits the return of her soldier husband with her children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). They soon learn that they’re sharing the place with a lot of dead folks.
No Curtains The Others (OS 2001) London Session Orchestra conducted by Claudio Ianni The film has gotten high marks for atmosphere and its ability to scare you by what it suggests rather than what it shows
End Credits The Others (OS 2001) London Session Orchestra conducted by Claudio Ianni The soundtrack web site is www.theotherssoundtrack.com, the movie web site is www.theothers.com
It Might as Well Be Spring Wait For Me (2001) Jubilant Sykes, instrumental ensemble By Rogers and Hammerstein, from the 1945 film State Fair. A classically-trained baritone who made his debut at a 1995 Boston Pops concert with John Williams, Sykes has made numerous concert and recital appearances. He has also sung with the Houston Grand Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and (in Porgy and Bess) at the Met in New York. This is his second CD.
Wait ‘Till You See Her Wait For Me (2001) Jubilant Sykes, instrumental ensemble By Rogers and Hart.
Main Title Beauty and the Beast (1996) Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Axios Chorus, conducted by Adriano Long thought to be lost, Georges Auric’s complete score for the 1946 Jean Cocteau film Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) was found by Adriano among the late composer’s manuscripts. This is the first and (as far as I know) only complete recording.
Mysterious Corridors Beauty and the Beast (1996) Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Axios Chorus, conducted by Adriano Bits of this may remind you of Debussy. This accompanies scenes in which Belle (Beauty) wanders the magical corridors of the Beast’s palace. Auric (1899 – 1983) was a contemporary of Debussy and Ravel and part of the Groupe des Six, a group of forward-looking French composers that included Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Eric Satie.
The Appearance of the Beast Beauty and the Beast (1996) Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Axios Chorus, conducted by Adriano Appropriately scary music for Belle's first sight of the Beast.
Flying Upwards Beauty and the Beast (1996) Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Axios Chorus, conducted by Adriano Finale and Happy Ending as the Beast dies and is instantly reborn as a handsome prince.


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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