Cinema: A Windham Hill Collection

Cinema: A Windham Hill Collection

     
 
A dozen instrumental interpretations of movie themes recorded for the Windham Hill label are presented on this compilation. Nine of the 12 selections were recorded exclusively for this anthology, which also adds three previously issued tracks by Steve Erquiaga (the Cinema Paradiso theme "First Youth/Love Theme for Nata"),

Overview

A dozen instrumental interpretations of movie themes recorded for the Windham Hill label are presented on this compilation. Nine of the 12 selections were recorded exclusively for this anthology, which also adds three previously issued tracks by Steve Erquiaga (the Cinema Paradiso theme "First Youth/Love Theme for Nata"), Stephane Grappelli ("As Time Goes By" from Casablanca), and George Winston (the self-titled theme for The Black Stallion). Only "Scarborough Fair" (used in The Graduate, though it was neither the official theme of that movie nor composed specifically for that soundtrack), "As Time Goes By," and "Over the Rainbow" are likely to be instantly familiar to the general public, though other pieces, such as "Summer Knows" (used in Summer of '42 and here done by Philippe Saisse) will probably be remembered once the motifs are heard. In keeping with the kind of instrumental music for which Windham Hill's known, the mood is sedate and smooth, the roster featuring some well-known artists within that genre, such as Liz Story, Philip Aaberg, and Alex de Grassi. It's soothing but unmemorable, and it's hard to imagine anyone rating these as standing up to the original themes or the best interpretations of them. The arrangements favor the spacious and sparse, with Wei-Shan Liu and George Winston's rendition of "Thousand Pieces of Gold" (with Liu on the gu-zheng, a Chinese zither/harp, and Winston on harmonicas rather than his more customary piano) being the most effective of the lot.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0828766706826
catalogNumber:
67068

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Manring   Fretless Bass Guitar
Liz Story   Piano
Jeff Beal   Flugelhorn
Steve Erquiaga   Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Philip Aaberg   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Bells,Toy Piano
Jim Brickman   Piano
John Burr   Piano
Eddie Cotter   Bodhran
Marc Fosset   Guitar
Joan Jeanrenaud   Cello
Wei Shan Liu   Gu-Zheng
Paul McCandless   Keyboards,Oboe
Steve Rodby   Acoustic Bass
Philippe Saisse   Piano,Keyboards
Tracy Silverman   Violin,Electric Violin,6-String Viola
George Winston   Harmonica,Piano
Alex de Grassi   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hi String,Guitar (Baritone)
Jean-Philippe Viret   Bass

Technical Credits

Camille Saint-Saëns   Composer
Liz Story   Arranger
Steve Erquiaga   Producer,Engineer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Bob Telson   Composer
Philip Aaberg   Arranger,Producer
Dawn Atkinson   Producer
Jim Brickman   Arranger,Producer
Carmine Coppola   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Howard Johnston   Producer
Mark Knopfler   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Paul McCandless   Arranger,Producer
Jim Reitzel   Engineer
Gary Remal Malkin   Composer
Philippe Saisse   Arranger,Producer
Tracy Silverman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
George Winston   Arranger,Producer
Craig Bauer   Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Genichi Kitami   Engineer
Cathy Econom   Producer
Andrea Morricone   Composer
Yann Tiersen   Composer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Craig Markley   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Rachel Allgood   Engineer
Tom Ameen   Engineer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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