Charlie Chaplin: The Essential Film Music Collection

Charlie Chaplin: The Essential Film Music Collection

by Charlie Chaplin
     
 
The Essential Film Music Collection is both a retrospective of Charlie Chaplin's own scores and those written by Carl Davis for earlier Mutual Film Corporation productions that Chaplin did not score because he couldn't secure the uncontested rights to them. Sometimes Chaplin's music conflicts a little with what's onscreen, particularly in cases where he scores

Overview

The Essential Film Music Collection is both a retrospective of Charlie Chaplin's own scores and those written by Carl Davis for earlier Mutual Film Corporation productions that Chaplin did not score because he couldn't secure the uncontested rights to them. Sometimes Chaplin's music conflicts a little with what's onscreen, particularly in cases where he scores a film that seemed very old to him, as he was attempting to supply music for it some 50 or 60 years after it was made. He didn't regard some of his own films very highly, or simply didn't remember well, and the result is that some of his music is anachronistic or merely uncertain in its purpose. Even in such cases, on its own terms Chaplin's film music is always excellent, rich with quotations of familiar tunes, ragtime figures, and echoes of the English music hall that was an important part of his artistic heritage. Many scores have been written for the Mutual films; The Rink is one of the most frequently scored films in history, and sadly, not always with success. Although he focuses more on onscreen action than was Chaplin's own usual practice, Davis is familiar with Chaplin's own preferences and practices, and produced scores for Chaplin's 12-film Mutual cycle that are in his style but fit the films to a T. Davis leads the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, but it doesn't appear to be the full band, as little more than a theater orchestra was usually called for in most cases, and the Wihan Quartet joins in for passages that clearly only require a chamber group. The Chaplin disc is bookended by two suites collecting various cues and entitled "The Reel Chaplin"; taken together they last about 20 minutes. The rest is made up of single cues or smaller suites, and the result is a very fast-moving collection that never drags. The Davis disc consists of suites from all 12 Mutual productions, averaging about seven minutes each. Like most original recordings from Silva Screen, the sound quality is great. If your taste runs mainly to serious, challenging, and exploratory music, this might not be for you -- it is sweet, sentimental, and heady with the vernacular of a time gone by. For everyone else, few recordings released in 2006 will prove as easy to listen to and enjoy as The Essential Film Music Collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Silva America
UPC:
0738572119829
catalogNumber:
1198

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Part 1
  2. Opening Titles; Blue Eyes; Rescue
  3. Opening Titles; To Work; Late; The Fireman's Daughter
  4. The Great City; Georgia; Oceana Roll
  5. Main Title; March; Valse Lente; Morning
  6. Opening Titles; Buying Flowers; First Kiss
  7. The Factory; Lunchtime
  8. Overture; Pavement Waltz; Napoli March
  9. Paris Boulevard
  10. Blue Tango
  11. Mandolin Serenade
  12. Weeping Willow
  13. Prelude; This is My Song
  14. Part 2

Disc 2

  1. The Floorwalker, silent film score
  2. The Fireman, silent film score
  3. The Vagabond, silent film score
  4. One A.M., silent film score
  5. The Count, silent film score
  6. The Pawnshop, silent film score
  7. Behind The Screen, silent film score
  8. The Rink, silent film score
  9. Easy Street, silent film score
  10. The Cure, silent film score
  11. The Immigrant, silent film score
  12. The Adventurer, silent film score

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Chaplin   Primary Artist
Gareth Williams   Mandolin
Wihan Quartet   Ensemble
Jaromir Klepac   Piano
Lucie Svehlová   Violin,Concert Master
Lucie Svelhová   Violin,Concert Master
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Carl Davis   Conductor

Technical Credits

Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Nic Raine   Arranger
John Luard Timperley   Engineering
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Damien Doherty   Art Direction
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer
Carl Davis   Composer,Liner Notes

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