Cinema Serenade II: The Golden Age

Cinema Serenade II: The Golden Age

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by John Williams [composer]
     
 
As with movies, successful recordings often spawn sequels. So, following the bestselling Cinema Serenade -- Itzhak Perlman and John Williams's tribute to contemporary cinematic soundtracks -- comes Cinema Serenade 2, an homage to classic themes of the silver screen. Williams obviously knows his soundtracks, and he has chosen a tuneful dozen, drawing

Overview

As with movies, successful recordings often spawn sequels. So, following the bestselling Cinema Serenade -- Itzhak Perlman and John Williams's tribute to contemporary cinematic soundtracks -- comes Cinema Serenade 2, an homage to classic themes of the silver screen. Williams obviously knows his soundtracks, and he has chosen a tuneful dozen, drawing primarily on lush love themes. Well-known selections like "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca" and "Tara's Theme" from "Gone with the Wind" are mixed in with charmers that only serious film music aficionados will recognize, such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold's love theme for "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and Sir William Walton's "Touch Her Soft Lips and Part" from "Henry V." There's even a tune by Charlie Chaplin ("Smile" from "Modern Times"). The opulent orchestral arrangements and sweet singing tone of Perlman's violin suit the richly romantic style of these excerpts. Don't be surprised if Cinema Serenade 3 appears around the corner!

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
In an effort to capitalize on the success of their phenomenally successful Cinema Serenade, Itzhak Perlman and the Boston Pops conducted by John Williams have just released Cinema Serenade 2: The Golden Age. The album features a dozen tracks devoted to great themes from classic films scores of the 1930s and '40s in discreet -- though by no means shrinking violet -- arrangements by Richard Rodney Bennett, Angela Morley, and John Williams himself. A bittersweet reminder of a time when the major film composers were also masters of the instantly memorable, heart-stopping melody, the disc is also a showcase for Itzhak Perlman's extraordinary communicative powers. He never condescends to the music, nor even hints that it's anything other than what it so obviously is: beautiful and important music that is more than worthy of his time, and ours.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646077320
catalogNumber:
60773
Rank:
37024

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Itzhak Perlman   Fiddle,Violin
Boston Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
John Williams   Conductor
John Williams & the Tick Tocks   Conductor

Technical Credits

Itzhak Perlman   Arranger
Miklós Rózsa   Composer
John Williams [composer]   Arranger
Richard Rodney Bennett   Arranger
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Thomas Frost   Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
David Raksin   Composer
Max Steiner   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer,Text
John Williams   Arranger
Angela Morley   Arranger,Contributor
Giulio Turturro   Art Direction
Royal S. Brown   Liner Notes
Eva Reisinger   translation,Liner Note Translation
Edward Steichen   Cover Photo
Josee Begaud   translation,Liner Note Translation
Traditional   Composer
Thomas & Richard Frost   Producer
John Williams & the Tick Tocks   Arranger
Laraine Perri   Executive Producer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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Cinema Serenade II: The Golden Age 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am trying to locate the soundtrack music to ''Youngblood Hawk''. Max Steiner wrote it. It is not to be found anywhere, can anyone help? Love his music!!!!!
BibliophileJM More than 1 year ago
Perlman and Williams are two of my favorite contemporary performers and their Cinema Serenade albums have made movie music an art form. The selections brought back memories of my early movie experiences. I have a small collection of movie themes but the two Cinema Serenade CDs are the best. They are not only "classics", they are as close to "classical" as it gets. I would love to see more of this sort of presentation.