Cinema Serenade II: The Golden Age

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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!
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646077320
  • Catalog Number: 60773
  • Sales rank: 40,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Laura, song (for the film, "Laura") - David Raksin (3:17)
  2. 2 Theme - Max Steiner (5:07)
  3. 3 Smile (as used in the film "Modern Times" ) (spurious; by Geoffrey Pers - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:43)
  4. 4 Love Theme - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:21)
  5. 5 St. Patrick's Day, traditional melody - Victor Young (2:19)
  6. 6 Marian & Robin Love Theme - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:07)
  7. 7 As Time Goes By, song - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:21)
  8. 8 Touch Her Soft Lips and Part - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:01)
  9. 9 Stella by starlight, song (from the 1944 film "The Uninvited") - Victor Young (5:12)
  10. 10 My Foolish Heart, song (written for the film score of the same name) - Victor Young (3:46)
  11. 11 Tara's Theme - Itzhak Perlman (3:36)
  12. 12 Cathy's Theme - Itzhak Perlman (3:42)
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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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Perlman and Williams bring new life to historic movie themes

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sound track for ''Youngblood Hawk''

    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!!!!!

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