Film Music Of Malcolm Arnold Vol. 2
Chandos 9851 -Cond Rumon Gamba- 15.99
(78:55) Top notch collection of suites has: Trapeze (13:29), Roots Of
Heaven (4:49), David Copperfield (11:10), You Know What Sailors Are
(2:34), Stolen Face (8:05), Belles Of St. Trinian's (8:00), Holly And
The Ivy (8:55), Captain's Paradise (4:05), No Love For Johnnie (10:31)
plus Symphonic Study 'Machines' (6:12). David Copperfield a masterpiece
of haunting beauty, melancholy mood. Roots Of Heaven "Overture" a
powerhouse work. Great recording, superb performance by BBC
Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba.
Get Carter (2000) JBR 5038 15.99
(30:22) New Stallone remake of thriller gets okay, dark-ish score with
nod to seventies. Small orchestra with guitar, electric bass, piano
amongst other sounds.
Bounce Varese 66194 15.99
(30:43) Haunting, melodic orchestral score to new romantic movie with
Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow. Harmonically rich music conducted by
Operazione Odissea IMG 498825 (Italy) 24.99
(54:09) 1999 Italian TV movie carries energetic, action-oriented score
by Donaggio, conducted by Natale Massara. Rhythmic (though not intense)
cues with pretty themes near end. Okay score.
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
Unbreakable Hollywood 62290 16.99
(45:29) "The Sixth Sense" team (M. Night Shyamalan/Bruce Willis/James
Newton Howard) reunite for brand new thriller. Howard provides
haunting, dramatic orchestral score. Moving and melodic. Powerful
"Orange Man" music a highlight.
La Bicyclette Bleue Universal 159846 (France) 29.99
(54:28) Legrand conducts the Orchestre Symphonique De La Radio Slovaque
in new France tv movie score. Melodic, at times dramatic music. Strong
The Lost Child Intrada 7091 13.99
(43:08) New Hallmark production receives rich, emotional music by Mark
McKenzie. True story of Native American woman's experiences conveyed by
warm, incredibly moving theme for orchestra. Sweeping orchestral score
colored with haunting solos for clarinet, oboe, flute, harp, classical
guitar, cello, piano. Our finest McKenzie album to date.
Il Commissario Montalbano IMG 498827 (Italy) 24.99
(74:20) Italian TV movie in several parts (broadcast in 1999 and 2000)
has involved string orchestra score. Occasional use of piano, marimba,
accordion, clarinet and guitar add other colors to dramatic, sometimes
dissonant, sometimes somber score.
Ivan The Terrible Nimbus 5662 (2 CD set) 18.99
(99:35) -2 CD Set- World Premier Recording of complete, epic score for
two-part Eisenstein film (1945-46). Rousing, spectacular, multi-layered
music covering huge canvas. Strong performance, vibrant recording,
detailed liner notes. Listeners may enjoy finding main theme from James
Horner's "Glory" started here.
The 6th Day Varese 66196 15.99
(39:21) Kinder, gentler Arnold Schwarzenegger still needs highly
charged, rhythmic score to run with. Occasional melodies emerge.
Orchestra and electronics mix for upbeat, energetic music. Ends with a
whimper though, not a bang.
Batman (1966 movie) FSM 24.99
(66:07) First release of 1966 feature soundtrack by Riddle.
Bat-action, bat-thrills, bat-tunes. Riddle's fast-paced scoring a
signature trademark for popular TV series. Presented in clean, crisp
mono. Profuse liner notes add to great package. Also has original Neal
Hefti TV theme.
Taboo (Gohatto) Milan 35928 15.99
(64:58) U.S. issue. Samurai/thriller scored for strings, flute, oboe,
clarinet, bassoon, piano, sho and percussion. Herrmann-influenced in
style, phrasing. Numerous unusual atonal, percussive sections. Dark
The Lost Continent GDI 015 (UK) 24.99
(64:49) Terrific music for expensive 1968 Hammer production. Monsters,
killer seaweed, lots of water. Evocative, exciting music to match.
Beautiful English pastoral music a brief, welcome highlight. Strong
presentation of original mono tracks also has 3-minute conversation with
Roma Violenta La Cinevox Si Incazza Cinevox 339 (Italy) 19.99
(52:30) Collection of mostly unreleased or CD premiers of Italian
1970's crime movie scores has: Mark Il Poliziotto (Cipriani), La Polizia
Ha Le Mani Legate (Cipriani), La Polizia Chiede Aiuto (Cipriani), Napoli
Si Ribella (Campanino), A Pugni Nudi (Bixio), Notturno (Goblin),
Controrapina (Vasile), etc. Suites range from 2 to 5 minutes. Musical
styles range from urban pop to dissonant, moody stuff.
Film Music EMI 65585 (Cond Carl Davis) 12.99
-Suites from Henry V/Battle Of Britain/As You Like It-
Quills RCA 63737 16.99
(43:10) Oscar-caliber score for Philip Kaufman's new period drama
starring Geoffrey Rush. Wide range of dramatic music. First half:
haunting, melodic music for orchestra, chorus. Second half: intense,
eerie dissonance. Excellent album.