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Posted July 20, 2012
It has never been entirely clear just how much Chaplin actually contributed to the film scores which bear his name. The excellent liner notes make the case that all the key elements were solely of Chaplin’s devising. This included precise directives to the copyists as to harmonies, counterpoint, instrumentation, etc. Others allege that Chaplin was a “hummer”, i.e., he provided the raw tunes (orally) and left everything else up to an experienced coterie of arrangers and orchestrators. Regardless, in the case of “City Lights”, what remains is an intriguing concoction of considerable sophistication. Highly sentimental and often redolent of the English music hall, the finished product is strangely insinuating. The original 1931 sessions were said to employ 35 musicians. It sounds like an equivalent number of players were on hand for this 1989 recreation (originally released by Silva Screen in 1995). Carl Davis and his group put forth a convincing argument on behalf of this music. The miking is extremely tight, almost microscopic in its delineation of the sundry musical strands. A notable resurrection courtesy of the indefatigable Carl Davis Collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.