Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine and James Fitzpatrick, this four-CD set collects the 20 James Bond movie themes used since the series first began in 1962 with DR.NO, as well as music from the two "unofficial" releases, CASINO ROYALE and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN…
Reynold da Silva's Silva Screen Records has been constructing a series of "essential" collections of major film composers' scores usually by making new recordings of portions of those scores or compiling recordings previously made for other projects, most often employing the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. For this Michel Legrand album, the label has actually enlisted Legrand as conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra (whose contributions are not noted until you examine the CD booklet), with a few additional jazz musicians, plus Legrand himself on piano and (during the extended suite from The Go-Between) harpsichord. Still, these are new recordings, made in December 2004, and should not be confused with actual soundtrack recordings. Legrand oversees excerpts from some of his most popular scores, leaning heavily on the major themes, such as "I Will Wait for You" from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, "Theme from Summer of '42," and "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair.
Double album dedicated to the music of Charlie Chaplin films. Work of the American composer and conductor Carl Davis (New York, 1936) leading the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring 'The Wihan Quartet'. The first CD features a compilation work of the various passages of some of the movies of Chaplin with music composed by himself. Most of the fourteen topics include medleys of several of the outstanding compositions of Chaplin's films. The second CD offers another work produced by Carl Davis focused on the twelve magnificent short films that Chaplin created in 1916-17 for the 'Mutual Film Company'.
This CD contains selected themes from five of Chaplins brilliant films. The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936). If you love the music from these films then you will love this album. Carl Davis has been very sensitive when rerecording the original scores. The music sounds amazing and he has remained true to Chaplins own styles and tempo's. The thing that will strike you more than anything is how amazing these scores really are in Stereo! They really do sound very good indeed. It also fully demonstrates just how good a composer Chaplin really was, and his talent for marrying music to film. As music it is beautiful from the harshness of "Gold Rush" to the haunting "Modern Times" and not forgetting the swinging "City Lights". Magical stuff! 5 out of 5, 10 out of 10 etc… But if you are planning on listening to this 80 minute album from beginning to end, you'd better make sure you have some Chaplin films close to hand because you WILL want to watch them all again. Nostalgia at its very best.