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Cinema Choral Classics

Cinema Choral Classics

Silva (SILKD 6015)

Conducted by Nic Raine / Paul Bateman / Kenneth Alwyn / David Temple

Performed by
The City of Prague Philharmonic / Crouch End Festival Chorus

Format: CD

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  • Various Artists

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Track Listing

1. O Fortuna (from Excalibur)
[previewing track]
2. Prelude & Birth Of Christ (from Jesus Of Nazareth)
[previewing track]
3. Agnus Dei (from The Scarlet Letter)
[previewing track]
4. Never Surrender (from First Knight)
[previewing track]
5. The Abyss
[previewing track]
6. The Lords Prayer (from King Of Kings)
[previewing track]
7. Riders Of Doom (from Conan : The Barbarain)
[previewing track]
8. Ave Maria : Guarini (from The Mission)
[previewing track]
9. On Earth As It Is In Heaven (from The Mission)
[previewing track]
10. Suite (from Lion In Winter)
[previewing track]
11. 1492 : Conquest Of Paradise
[previewing track]
12. Funeral & Finale (from The Vikings)
[previewing track]
13. Suite (from The Omen)
[previewing track]
14. Non Nobis Domine (from Henry V)
[previewing track]
  Total Album Time: 71:22


by David A. Koran
September 21, 1998
[4 / 5]
This is the first of two recordings issued by Silva in the last year focusing on choral music used in films over the past one hundred years. Unlike the second album, which contains selections from Alexander Nevsky to Mars Attacks, this release limits itself to films released only in the past 30 or so years. The arrangements on both albums are unique, with only a few reaching the same pacing and instrumentation of their original film counterparts. This isn't saying that the recordings presented here are not good, but those who are just expecting a compilation of previously released material may be disappointed.

The conducting chores are taken over by all three of Silva's preferred conductors, Nic Raine, Paul Bateman, and Kenneth Alwyn. The City of Prague Philharmonic is joined by the Crouch End Festival Chorus in performing these reproductions. Some original lyrics were also created, more specifically, those for Basil Poledouris' "Riders Of Doom" from Conan : The Barbarian, which, while researching the reconstruction, were found to be lost by the film company and new ones were written. Many of the shorter lyrics for some pieces were also included in the rather informative liner notes, which are becoming a Silva trademark.

Overall, upon recommendation, a purchase of the second volume would appease the novice listener, but if you enjoyed volume two, a purchase of this album would then be recommended.


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