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Crime and Punishment, Part 2

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October 10, 2001

Music from movies about crime and crime fighters

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Prisoners of Love Mel Brooks’ Greatest Hits (1978) Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, un-credited orchestra and chorus Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, from the soundtrack of his 1968 cult comedy hit The Producers, now a smash hit on Broadway. In jail for fraud, Max and Leo prepare to stage a comeback with Prisoners of Love, with an all-con cast.
The Godfather Waltz The Godfather Trilogy (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman Music for this classic film trilogy – a cinematic opera, in many ways – is by veteran Italian composer Nino Rota, with a few contributions by Carmine Coppola
The Godfather - Tarantella The Godfather Trilogy (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman This one’s by Coppola
Marcia Stilo Italiano The Godfather Trilogy (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman So’s this, from the second film in the trilogy.
Coda – The Godfather III Finale The Godfather Trilogy (2001) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman Back to Rota again for an appropriately downbeat final theme.
The Thirty Nine Steps Suite (The Thirty Nine Steps – Highland Hotel – Mr. Memory – Finale) Psycho – The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman From the 1935 Hitchcock classic, which stars Robert Donat as a man falsely accused of murdering a British agent. The score is by Jack Beaver and Louis Levy
Spellbound – Part 2 Film Scores of Miklós Rózsa (1996) Orchestra conducted by Miklós Rózsa Recorded in Glorious Living Mono in 1952, from the score for the 1945 Hitchcock thriller.
Prelude from North by Northwest Psycho – The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman By Bernard Herrmann, the composer most closely associated with Hitchcock. North by Northwest (1959) is probably the quintessential “innocent man on the run” film.
March from Topaz Psycho – The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman By Maurice Jarre (Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), from the 1969 cold war espionage drama. This march accompanies the opening scene, a Soviet military parade.
High Anxiety Mel Brooks’ Greatest Hits (1978) Mel Brooks In a parody of Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much, Brooks’ character takes over for a lounge singer. Words and music are by Brooks, from his 1977 HItchcock parody of the same name.
Double Indemnity Suite (Mrs. Dietrichson - The Conspiracy) Spellbound – The Classic Film Scores of Miklós Rózsa (1976) National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Gerhardt Those of you who remember Fred MacMurray only from wholesome roles on My Three Sons or various Disney films should see this film noir classic in which he plays an insurance salesmen enticed by a femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck) into a plot to murder her husband for the insurance money.
Body Heat Suite Cinema Century (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine Not exactly a remake of Double Indemnity, Body Heat (1981) uses the same basic plot idea. This time it’s a less-than-astute lawyer (William Hurt) led to destruction socialite by Kathleen Turner. The score is by John Barry (Lion in Winter, Walkabout, most of the James Bond films).
221 B Baker Street Sherlock Holmes - Classic Themes from 221B Baker Street (1996) Orchestra cond. by Lanny Meyers The opening theme from the Sherlock Holmes TV series, produced by Granada Television. The series aired for ten years (1984 - 1994 in Britain, 1985 - 1995 in the USA, where it first appeared on PBS) and starred the late Jeremy Brett as Holmes and David Burke (seasons 1 and 2) and Edward Hardwicke (seasons 3 - 7) as Watson.
Suite from The Seven Per Cent Solution Sherlock Holmes - Classic Themes from 221B Baker Street (1996) Orchestra cond. by Lanny Meyers Music by John Addison from this 1976 all-star adaptation of Nicholas Meyer’s novel of the same name. Holmes (Nicol Williamson) is enticed to Vienna by Watson (Robert Duvall) to take the cure for his cocaine addiction from Dr. Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). Inevitably, they wind up in the middle of a mystery involving the kidnapping of a famous actress (Vanessa Redgrave). Joel Grey and Laurence Olivier have cameo roles.
Presumed Innocent Close Encounters – The Essential John Williams (1999) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman In this 1990 legal thriller Harrison Ford is a prosecutor assigned to the murder of sexy assistant prosecutor (Gretta Scacchi) with whom he’d had an affair. Soon he finds himself a suspect.


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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