Discover Film Music/Riley

December 20, 2008

discover-film-musicDiscovery is a new series created by Naxos to introduce one to different types of music. Previous releases include The Symphony, Chamber Music, Opera, Choral Music, Music of the 20th Century, and the latest entry is Film Music. A 2 CD set offering nearly 160 minutes of music along with a 25,000-word essay (its essentially a book) and a timeline of events in film history, is a great introduction to the new 20th Century art form of music for the cinema.While it consists of previously released material from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalog done by Morgan and Stromberg, Adriano, Carl Davis and others, the compilation is wonderfully put together offering a selection from the major Hollywood composers on one CD and the rest of the world on the other. Included are selections from Thomson, Copland, Auric, Bliss, Coates, and Honegger that the seasoned collector might not have in his collection. All of the major players including Steiner, Waxman, Herrmann, Newman, Tiomkin, Rozsa, Williams, and Goldsmith, are featured on one of their major scores. This must have been an extremely difficult decision as to what score to include and I can hear the “why didn’t they include blank?” However, if you read the title of the article/release the selections were well thought out. When you can only have 2 ½ hours of music to cover 100 years of film making all this reviewer can say is yikes!

The book/essay by John Riley, author of “Dmitri Shostakovich: A Life in Film,” is divided into three major sections: Beginnings, Hollywood, and Outside Hollywood. A Timeline of a Century of Film Music follows it from 1885 to 2008 noting History, Art and Architecture, and Literature with Music & Film Music. As Riley begins to discuss Hollywood in the 2nd section, each of the composers are given a brief biography followed by a discussion of the particular track chosen on the 1st CD, as well as the contribution they made to the art. Of special appeal to this reviewer was the including of both Hans Salter and Adolph Deutsch, lesser known but important contributors to Hollywood? Selections from The Maltese Falcon and Ghost of Frankenstein are given their just due as quality works. While certain composers such as Henry Mancini are not given a CD selection they are mentioned as being important contributors to the art form.

The 3rd section is devoted to film music from outside of Hollywood and includes selections from England, Hungary, France, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Sweden on the 2nd CD. While the 26 chosen selections are good ones there are omissions, which will raise the eyebrows of a seasoned collector. Like the 1st CD the tracks are explained along with background information on the composer. Again I repeat that this is a 2 CD set, which is covering 100+ years of music and no matter what the choices all will never agree.

This reviewer strongly recommends that anyone thinking about or starting to get involved in collecting purchase this 2 CD set and book. The selection and book are an excellent starting point and the value offered by Naxos is less money than the purchase of one OST CD. The collector who is getting close to crossing the line to addiction will still enjoy the information, timeline, quotes, and selections he hasn’t yet purchased. The soundtrack hobbyist who has been involved for many years can avoid unless it is a gift to a friend/relative. Both the book and the selection of material will only irritate. They know everything from the book already and there are no OST included in this compilation.
Track Listing:
CD 1 Max Steiner (1888-1971)

King Kong
1 Main Title 2:10
2 A Boat in the Fog 1:36
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.223763

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)

The Adventures of Robin Hood
3 Main Title 1:48
4 Sir Guy and Robin Hood 1:49
5 The Banquet 2:14
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.225268

Hans Salter (1896-1994)

House of Frankenstein
6 Full Moon 1:16
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.570188

Adolph Deutsch (1897-1980)

The Maltese Falcon
7 The Deal 2:47
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.557701

Franz Waxman (1906-1967)

Rebecca
8 Selznick International Trademark – Introduction – Foreword – Opening Scene 3:16
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.557549

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

Jane Eyre
9 Rochester 2:29
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223535

Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995)

10 Spellbound Concerto 3:55
Philip Fowke, piano / RTÉ Concert Orchestra / Proinnsías Ó Duinn 8.554323

Alfred Newman (1900-1970)

11 All About Eve Suite 4:38
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.570187

Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979)

Red River
12 Main Title 1:29
13 Dunson Heads South 4:47
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.557699

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989)

The Plow that Broke the Plains
14 War and the Tractors 3:54

Post-Classical Ensemble / Angel Gil-Ordóñez 8.559291

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

The Red Pony Suite
15 Walk to the Bunkhouse 2:57
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta 8.559240

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

On the Waterfront
16 Symphonic Suite (excerpt) 5:35
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop 8.559177

Miklós Rózsa

Ben Hur
17 Prelude 3:41 John Williams (1932-)

Schindler’s List
18 Main Theme 4:24
Thelma Handy, violin / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis 8.570505

Star Wars
19 Main Title Theme 5:23
Richard Hayman and His Orchestra 8.555020

Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004)

Alien
20 Main Theme (original version) 4:44
Richard Hayman and His Orchestra 8.555020

John Barry (1933-)

Out of Africa
21 Main Title Theme 3:54
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis 8.570505

Vangelis (1943-)

Chariots of Fire (arr. Andy Vinter)
22 Main Title Theme 3:31
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis 8.570505

Danny Elfman (1953-)

Spider-Man (arr. John Wasson)>br> 23 Main Theme and Farewell 5:13
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis 8.570505

Disc 2 Toral Time: 78:52

CD 2

Eric Coates (1886-1957)

The Dam Busters
1 Dam Busters’ March 3:53
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adrian Leaper 8.570575-76

Ron Goodwin (1925-2003)
633 Squadron
2 Main Theme 2:57
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adrian Leaper 8.570575-76

Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)

Things to Come

3 Interlude: The World in Ruins 2:37
Queensland Symphony Orchestra / Christopher Lyndon-Gee 8.553698

Richard Addinsell (1904-1977)

Dangerous Moonlight
4 Warsaw Concerto 3:33
Philip Fowke, piano / RTÉ Concert Orchestra / Proinnsías Ó Duinn 8.554323

Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

David Copperfield

5 Mr. Micawber 2:10
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / William Stromberg 8.225167

William Walton (1902-1983)

Hamlet
6 The Ghost 3:13
Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973)

The Curse of the Werewolf
7 Revenge and Escape 2:58
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis 8.557850

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

49th Parallel
8 Prelude 2:13
RTÉ Concert Orchestra / Andrew Penny 8.223665

Erik Nordgren (1913-1992)

Smiles of a Summer Night
9 Dangerous Wine 2:38
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223682

Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

A Country Tale Suite
10 Introduction 2:55
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra / Niklas Willén 8.557828

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Alone
11 Largo 1:32
12 Overtone singer 0:43
13 The school class – Allegro 1:02
14 The children come to comfort Kuzmina – Andante 1:08
Mark van Tongeren, overtone singer / Barbara Buchholz, theremin / Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mark Fitz-Gerald 8.570316

Hamlet

15 The Ghost 3:40
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky 8.557446

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Lieutenant Kijé Suite
16 The Birth of Kijé 4:10
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Mogrelia 8.554057

Ennio Morricone (1928-)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
17 Main Theme 2:52
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Crouch End Festival Chorus / Derek Wadsworth

Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)

Regain Suite I
18 Nuit dans la grange – Été 3:50
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223467

Crime et châtiment
19 Départ pour le crime 4:57
Jacques Tchamkerten, ondes martenot / Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223466

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

Don Quichotte
20 Chanson de la mort 3:05
Henry Kiichli, bass / Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223287

Macbeth Suite
21 Overture 3:19
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223287

Georges Auric (1899-1983)

La Belle et la Bête

22 Les couloirs mystérieux 3:37
Axios / Moscow Symphony Orchestra / Adriano 8.223765

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

Face of Another
23 Waltz 2:20
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop 8.557760

Akira Ifukube (1914-2006)

24 Symphonic Fantasia No. 1 (excerpt) 4:04
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky 8.557587

Frédéric Devreese (1929-)

Un Soir, un Train…
25 Danse de l’Auberge 2:40
BRT Philharmonic Orchestra / Frédéric Devreese 8.223681
Wojciech Kilar (1932-)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
26 Mina / Dracula 4:46
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Antoni Wit 8.557703

Disc 2 Total Time: 78:48

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