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January 24, 2003

As the Chickenhawk Brigade in Washington agitates for a new Middle East war to hide their domestic chicanery, Stage Left brings you a program of music from recent war movies.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Capt. Alexi Vostrikov K-19: The Widowmaker (OS 2002) Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev Klaus Badelt's dramatic score accompanies this harrowing drama of a near nuclear meltdown on a Soviet sub during the Cold War. It's an object lesson in what can happen when a government is allowed to operate in almost total secrecy.
War - Allegro K-19: The Widowmaker (OS 2002) Kirov Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Valery Gergiev This and the following cut are both from the Suite for Orchestra and Chorus in G Minor, assembled from Badelt's music for the film and included on the soundtrack CD.
Soul - Misterioso K-19: The Widowmaker (OS 2002) Kirov Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Valery Gergiev Badelt's other credits include Hannibal, The Time Machine and The Pledge
Scott's Macon, Georgia Story / Train Yard Strafing and Bombing Hart's War (OS 2002) Orchestra conducted by David Snell The score for the WW II prisoner of war drama is by Rachel Portman, a rising young star on the soundtrack scene whose previous credits include The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Emma and The Legend of Bagger Vance. This is her first war film.
The Mission The Sum of All Fears (OS 2002) Shana Blake Hill (soprano), orchestra and chorus conducted by Jerry Goldsmith Another Cold War thriller, this time with a purely fictional near-nuclear war courtesy of Tom Clancy. Composer Jerry Goldsmith has been writing for films, radio, and television since 1950. His most recent project is Richard Donner's Timeline. Check out his web site for a complete filmography.
Fables for Our Time: The Very Proper Gander The Gonzo Radio Show (1978) Chuck Lavazzi, Nancy Barnes From my Radio Archives, this was originally broadcast June 23, 1978 and is probably far more relevant now. You can read the complete text of this James Thurber classic at www.mac-2001.com/muse/thur-gnd.htm
Police Chase Enigma (OS 2002) Orchestra conducted by John Barry Like Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry is a veteran film and TV composer. Perhaps best known for his work on the James Bond films, Barry's credits include The Black Hole, Walkabout, Body Heat, Born Free, The Lion in Winter and (yes) Howard the Duck.


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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