Carl Davis: Aladdin

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Composing music for films has been central to Carl Davis' career, and his soundtracks for Napoleon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The French Lieutenant's Woman are just a few of his numerous fine achievements in this genre. But one would be mistaken to think that the prolific Davis only produces film music, for he has put his skills to good use in other genres, notably in the field of ballet. His music for the London Contemporary Dance Company's production of "Aladdin" 2000 is possibly his most ambitious dance work: this lavish score runs over two hours and overflows with the excitement and high passions that are characteristic of Davis' evocative style. As performed by...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Composing music for films has been central to Carl Davis' career, and his soundtracks for Napoleon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The French Lieutenant's Woman are just a few of his numerous fine achievements in this genre. But one would be mistaken to think that the prolific Davis only produces film music, for he has put his skills to good use in other genres, notably in the field of ballet. His music for the London Contemporary Dance Company's production of "Aladdin" 2000 is possibly his most ambitious dance work: this lavish score runs over two hours and overflows with the excitement and high passions that are characteristic of Davis' evocative style. As performed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer's direction, "Aladdin" comes off in a grand Romantic manner, with several allusions to the ballets of the past, particularly those by Tchaikovsky and Delibes; but it is also filled with the effective scene painting and sumptuous mood music that Davis has made his own. Of course, since this piece is unabashedly old fashioned in its tunefulness and conventional in its tonality, some may feel that Davis has merely indulged his talent for pastiche and produced a hollow imitation of a nineteenth century ballet; there are more than a few passages that can make one wince at the baldness of his references and the blandness of his harmonies. Yet this work will find a wide audience for its lush scenes and vibrant orchestration, and many will appreciate it for its ready accessibility, uncomplicated melodiousness, and great warmth. Naxos' reproduction is superb, and the orchestra sounds remarkably clear and lifelike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313289820
  • Catalog Number: 8557898
  • Sales rank: 123,793

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–63 Aladdin, ballet - Carl Davis & Carl Davis (125:35)
    Composed byCarl Davis
    Conducted byCarl Davis
    Performed byCarl Davis, Markus Gundermann, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1Prologue No. 1. The Power of the Lamp
    2. 2Act 1. Scene 1. A Market in China. 2. The Fruits of the Earth
    3. 3Act 1. Scene 1. A Market in China. 3. The Lord of Misrule
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 1. A Market in China. 4a. The Lost Uncle
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 1. A Market in China. 4b. Temptation Dance
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 2. The Journey. 5a. The Spirits of the Wind
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 2. The Journey. 5b. The Spell
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 3. Outside the Cave. 6. Fear of Entombment
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 3. Outside the Cave. 7. Incentive - The Beautiful Princess
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 8. The Cave of Riches
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 9a. Onyx and Pearls - Toccata
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 9b. Transition I
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 10a. Gold and Silver - The Pillars of Mammon
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 10b. Transition II
    15. 15Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 11a. Sapphires - Born of the Sea
    16. 16Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 11b. Transition III
    17. 17Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 12. Rubies - for Passion
    18. 18Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 13a. Emerald - for Envy
    19. 19Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 13b. Transition IV
    20. 20Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 14. Diamonds
    21. 21Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 15. The Pathway to Power
    22. 22Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 16. The Struggle for Possession
    23. 23Act 1. Scene 4. The Cave. 17. Towards the Light
    24. 24Act 1. Scene 5. The Market. 18a. Where is Aladdin?
    25. 25Act 1. Scene 5. The Market. 18b. Return of the Prodigal
    26. 26Act 1. Scene 5. The Market. 19. The Slave of the Lamp
    27. 27Act 1. Scene 5. The Market. 20. Bathhouse March
    28. 28Act 2. Scene 1. The Royal Bath-House. 21. Cleansing Water
    29. 29Act 2. Scene 1. The Royal Bath-House. 22a. Make Me Beautiful
    30. 30Act 2. Scene 1. The Royal Bath-House. 22b. Exit and Scarf Dance
    31. 31Act 2. Scene 2. Aladdin's Home. 23. Buy Me a Bride
    32. 32Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 24a. Audience Chamber
    33. 33Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 24b. Reverse Bigamist
    34. 34Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 24c. Judgement I
    35. 35Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 24d. Thief
    36. 36Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 24e. Judgement II
    37. 37Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 25. My Son is Worthy
    38. 38Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 26. Aladdin and the Princess
    39. 39Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 27a. Judgement III
    40. 40Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 27b. Aladdin's Solo
    41. 41Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 27c. The Entertainment
    42. 42Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 28a. Fanfare:- Aladdin and the Princess
    43. 43Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 28b. Fortune Teller
    44. 44Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 28c. Wedding Ceremony
    45. 45Act 2. Scene 3. The Sultan's Audience Chamber. 28d. Lion Dance / 28e. Magician into Lampseller
    46. 46Act 2. Scene 4. Outside the Palace Walls. 29. Dawn and Lovers Parting
    47. 47Act 2. Scene 4. Outside the Palace Walls. 30. Old Lamps for New
    48. 48Act 2. Scene 5. The Audience-Chamber. 31. Kidnap
    49. 49Act 3. Scene 1. A Dungeon. 32a. The Upper Hand
    50. 50Act 3. Scene 1. A Dungeon. 32b. Aladdin in Chains
    51. 51Act 3. Scene 1. A Dungeon. 32c. The Ring
    52. 52Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 33a. Morocco
    53. 53Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 33b. The Princess Pleads
    54. 54Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 34a. The Taunting
    55. 55Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 34b. Where is he?
    56. 56Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 35. Reunited
    57. 57Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 36. The Poison Plot
    58. 58Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 37. The Struggle
    59. 59Act 3. Scene 2. A Room in the Magician's Palace, Morocco. 38. Repossession of The Lamp
    60. 60Act 3. Scene 3. 39. The Magic Carpet Ride
    61. 61Act 3. Scene 4. 40. All Reunited
    62. 62Act 3. Scene 4. 41. Happiness Duet
    63. 63Act 3. Scene 4. 42. Freedom and Dragon Dance
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Performance Credits
Carl Davis Primary Artist
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