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Epics: The History of the World According to Hollywood

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Reynold DaSilva's Silva Screen Records has built up quite a library of music by having the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra which presumably works cheaper than a name orchestra from Western Europe or the U.S. would create new recordings of film scores, enabling the label to then recycle the material into thematic compilations such as this one devoted to music from "epic" motion pictures. The subtitle, "The History of the World According to Hollywood," calls to mind the books and History Channel shows devoted to examining how historical movies differ from history as historians know it. But no such analysis is attempted here. In fact, there are no liner notes. Instead, the idea is to present music from big-budget ...
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All Music Guide
Reynold DaSilva's Silva Screen Records has built up quite a library of music by having the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra which presumably works cheaper than a name orchestra from Western Europe or the U.S. would create new recordings of film scores, enabling the label to then recycle the material into thematic compilations such as this one devoted to music from "epic" motion pictures. The subtitle, "The History of the World According to Hollywood," calls to mind the books and History Channel shows devoted to examining how historical movies differ from history as historians know it. But no such analysis is attempted here. In fact, there are no liner notes. Instead, the idea is to present music from big-budget movies about the past, in roughly chronological order, that is, chronological order of history itself, not the movies, so that the first track on the first disc is a suite from Mario Nascimbene's score for the 1966 film One Million Years B.C., best remembered for Raquel Welch cavorting in a furry bikini, and the last track on the fourth disc, arriving more than four-and-three-quarters-hours later, is Ernest Gold's overture from the 1960 film Exodus, a dramatization of the struggles leading to the establishment of Israel in the mid-20th century. In between, as subheads helpfully note, we get music associated with films depicting "The Ancient World" quite a few of those, "The Fall of Rome," "Biblical Epics," "Medieval Europe," "Pirates & Swashbucklers" how did they get in here?, "Kings & Queens," "Heroes," "The New Worlds," and "The British Empire/The Orient." This organization makes sense only on paper, of course. On disc, the collection mixes up scores written between 1935 Erich Wolfgang Korngold's main title from Captain Blood and 2004 Vangelis' "Across the Mountains" and "Eternal Alexander" from Alexander, James Horner's "Remember" from Troy, John Debney's "Resurrection" from The Passion of the Christ, which means the music was written for epics of very different kinds. As a general statement, epics tend to bring out big orchestral effects from composers: grand themes, martial rhythms, and choruses wordlessly emoting or singing in Latin. Either the Prague's chorus or the Crouch End Festival Chorus obliges where necessary. But especially the more recent works by composers such as Horner and Hans Zimmer Gladiator, The Last Samurai can be more subtle. Perhaps appropriately, this epical music is all over the map.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572117023
  • Catalog Number: 1170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Suite from the film score (7:18)
  2. 2 Suite (7:54)
  3. 3 Across the Mountains (4:16)
  4. 4 Overture (5:01)
  5. 5 March of the Spartans (4:01)
  6. 6 Remember (6:06)
  7. 7 Eternal Alexander (4:14)
  8. 8 Ave Caesar (4:52)
  9. 9 Prelude/Love Theme (5:42)
  10. 10 Opening Titles/Finale (5:36)
  11. 11 Caesar and Cleopatra (2:47)
  12. 12 Suite (6:41)
  13. 13 Suite (7:16)
  14. 14 Now We Are Free (4:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Main Themes (5:12)
  2. 2 Main Title (3:39)
  3. 3 Love Theme (2:49)
  4. 4 Pax Romana (5:31)
  5. 5 Overture (3:57)
  6. 6 The Great Journey (7:14)
  7. 7 Suite (8:23)
  8. 8 Parade of the Charioteers (from Ben-Hur) (3:37)
  9. 9 Love Theme (2:56)
  10. 10 Prelude (2:51)
  11. 11 Ressurection (4:51)
  12. 12 Prelude (4:20)
  13. 13 Love Theme (4:16)
  14. 14 Overture (3:32)
  15. 15 Suite. Ragnar Returns / Love Scene / Dancing on the Oars / Funeral and (10:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Prelude (5:02)
  2. 2 Main Title & Finale (8:06)
  3. 3 Prelude (1:52)
  4. 4 The Ride to Dubno (4:56)
  5. 5 Suite (6:29)
  6. 6 Suite (7:23)
  7. 7 Suite (7:34)
  8. 8 Main Title (2:53)
  9. 9 Main Title/Eleanor's Arrival/We're All Jungle Creatures (8:55)
  10. 10 Prelude/O for a Muse of Fire (4:28)
  11. 11 Overture: The Globe (6:26)
  12. 12 Main Theme (2:31)
  13. 13 Suite (7:18)
Disc 4
  1. 1 O Fortuna (as used in the film Excalibur) (2:44)
  2. 2 Arthur's Fanfare / No Surrender (6:10)
  3. 3 March of the Merry Men (4:05)
  4. 4 End Credits (7:06)
  5. 5 Overture (5:23)
  6. 6 Main Theme (5:06)
  7. 7 Conquest (3:23)
  8. 8 Suite: The Mission/Gabriel's Oboe/On Earth as it is in Heaven (8:44)
  9. 9 Overture (5:07)
  10. 10 Forward the Light Brigade (2:27)
  11. 11 Overture (4:38)
  12. 12 Main Theme (2:35)
  13. 13 The Last Samurai (6:25)
  14. 14 Overture (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
Nic Raine Conductor
Gareth Williams Multi Instruments
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Paul Bateman Conductor
David Temple Choir Master
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Mario Klemens Conductor
Lenka Pecharova Soprano (Vocal)
Bronagh Mullan Vocals
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Richard Addinsell Composer
Maurice Jarre Composer
Carl Orff Arranger, Composer
Miklós Rózsa Arranger, Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
William Walton Arranger, Composer
Franz Waxman Arranger, Composer
Elmer Bernstein Arranger, Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Arranger, Composer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Arranger, Composer
Gary Thomas Engineer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
James Horner Arranger, Composer
Rick Clark Mastering
Arthur Freed Arranger
Ernest Gold Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Alex North Arranger, Composer
Christopher Palmer Arranger
Vangelis Composer
Basil Poledouris Arranger, Composer
Nic Raine Arranger
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Max Steiner Arranger, Composer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Arranger, Engineer, Mastering
Hans Zimmer Composer
Manos Hadjidakis Composer
Patrick Doyle Composer
Mario Nascimbene Composer
Mark McGurty Arranger
Mike Townend Arranger
Lawrence Ashmore Arranger
John Debney Arranger, Composer
Philip Lane Arranger
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Jan Holzner Engineer
Christopher Tin Arranger
Steven R. Bernstein Arranger
Strings of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra String Ensemble
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Fabrice Trovato Art Direction
John W. Waxman Manuscript Coordinator
Gary Thomas Engineer
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