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Charade [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
     

Charade [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Henry Mancini
 

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Reflecting the European setting of Stanley Donen's 1963 comedy thriller Charade, Henry Mancini's soundtrack provides an easy listening tour of continental musical history: Parisian café songs on "Bistro," Eastern European gypsy music on "Bateau Mouche," Schubert quartets on "Bye Charlie," and some beer barrel polka on "Punch and

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Reflecting the European setting of Stanley Donen's 1963 comedy thriller Charade, Henry Mancini's soundtrack provides an easy listening tour of continental musical history: Parisian café songs on "Bistro," Eastern European gypsy music on "Bateau Mouche," Schubert quartets on "Bye Charlie," and some beer barrel polka on "Punch and Judy." Thrown in for variety's sake are dashes of Bond soundtracks, Cossack songs, and Strauss waltzes. With Mancini's typically cohesive approach, though, Charade doesn't become a messy pastiche (even with his mix of Latin rhythms and classical music on some tracks). And in the spirit of inclusiveness, Mancini also shows his south of the border touch on "Mambo Parisienne" (picture Perez Prado sporting an accordion), "Latin Snowfall" (transcendentally gorgeous bolero, one of his best), and "Mégève" (bossa nova for the Biarritz set). Also don't overlook one of his biggest hits and finest melodies, "Charade" (done here in instrumental, vocal, and carousel? versions). A great Mancini recording made during the same fruitful, early-'60s period that produced two other fine soundtracks of his, Breakfast at Tiffany's andThe Pink Panther.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Jvc / Xrcd
UPC:
0693692021325
catalogNumber:
213

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Performance Credits

Henry Mancini   Primary Artist,Piano
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Mort Herbert   Violin
Thelma Beach   Violin
Larry Bunker   Percussion
John Cave   Horn
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Herman Clebanoff   Violin
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Frank Flynn   Percussion
Carl Fortina   Accordion
David Frisina   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Anne Goodman   Cello
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Lou Klass   Violin
Harry Klee   Saxophone
Raphael Kramer   Cello
Ronald Langinger   Saxophone
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Arthur Maebe   Horn
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Dick Nash   Trombone
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Irma Neumann   Violin
Robert Ostrowsky   Viola
Richard Perissi   Horn
Jack Sperling   Percussion
Vincent DeRosa   Horn
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Stanley Harris   Viola
Kurt Reher   Cello
James Rowles   Piano
Sam Freed   Violin
Ambrose Russo   Violin
Keith Mitchell   Bass

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Jim Malloy   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Joe Reisman   Producer
Schmitt   Producer
Jordi Pujol   Producer

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Charade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved the movie ''Charade'' so when I realised that the film had a soundtrack that was still available I had to buy it. The opening number ''Charade (Main Title)'' is a fast-paced and suspensful song that helps introduce the tone of the film. However, on its own, the song is still an amazing and fun peice to listen to. I am convinced it is one of Mancini's best theme songs. The next song ''Bistro'' makes you feel as if your sipping on a cappucino in a sidewalk cafe in Paris. This song is also wonderful and lighthearted. The rest of the album is just beautiful with a mix of a more somber numbers, along with peices that have a mambo feel, and a cascading vocal version of the theme song. The albums highlights are ''Charade'', ''Bistro'', ''Bateau Mouche'', ''Bye Bye Charlie'', ''Drip-Dry Waltz'', ''Latin Snowfall'', and ''Orange Tamoure''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this soundtrack is great. It totally fits the movie, Henry Mancini did a excellent job. I am really glad the soundtrack is still available since the movie is almost 40 years old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie cause I am a huge James Coburn/Audrey Hepburn fan. When I saw it I absolutely LOVED the music, lots of it is really suspensful and helps sum the movie up. It is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!