Kolodochka BOOKLET CD1 o.k


TT is 53:38

When I first received the download of this May 2017 release I thought to myself oh no not another Hollywood compilation and by an orchestra and conductor that I’d never heard of playing material I ┬áhave on other recordings. I almost thought of passing on it and going to the next choice on the list. I decided to give it a listen and now my opinion has changed. It is one of the best CD’s ever done and I’m including some of the Boston Pops material with conductors Fielder and Williams. To the younger generation this is the same John Williams who composed Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Superman, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The selection of material spans a 50 year period of time ranging from Bonanza and The Magnificent Seven to Antman and House of Cards. The CD begins with a nice compilation of Star Wars which incorporates several of the themes from different remake versions. An attractive Irish melody is offered in How to Train Your Dragon which leads into a new composer to compilation material Jeff Beal and his continuing work on the TV series House of Cards. The theme, trumpet led is an erratic theme with percussion, trombones, and other instruments appearing when you least expectit. Not the best in terms of armchair listening I’m sure that followers of the series will enjoy the material. We are treated to two older western standards Magnificent Seven, one of my favorite movies, along with a faster tempo version of Bonanza. Both are well played. It is followed by Jungle Book which offers the three main themes from the film, all nicely arranged and played. My favorite track offers a compilation of three unlikely films that mke no sense being put together but the Vogtland ensemble not only makes it works but I’ve found myself returning to it over and over again turning up the volume so that I get the full effect of the outstanding playing of Batman (the movie), Dances With Wolves, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Pay close attention to the fine brass work in Dances With Wolves along with the outstanding arrangement. John Barry never sounded better. The same can also be said of Robin Hood. The brass is definitely better in this fine orchestra. Antman offers little in term of melody but offers percussion that is the harmony for the staccato brass. The “Chairman Waltz” from Memoirs of a Geisha is almost a forgotten John Willams film but one listen to the violin solo will make this one of your favorites on this CD. Aladdin offers a compilation of four themes from the film with my favorite being “Arabian Nights.” The CD concludes with the fine score of Silvestri for The Polar Express.

The CD is a multi-channel one so it will give enhanced sound on 5 speaker system surround units. It plays on DVD players as well as older CD players. Well worth having in your collection as well as the first two installments of the on going series.