Godfather 1 & 2 & 3 (Gold Disc)/O.S.T. (Gold)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
No small part of the success of The Godfather was director Francis Ford Coppola's coup in getting Italian composer Nino Rota, best known for his scores to Federico Fellini's films, to write its music. Rota borrowed and transformed a theme from an earlier work of his as the score's main motive, presenting a lovely, lonely, minor-key melody that evoked the Italian heritage on which Coppola built the film's sense of grand tragedy. The melody was highly serviceable, working both as a single trumpet tune and as the basis for dances and other musical moments throughout the film. Coppola also brought in his father, Carmine Coppola, to handle some of the music on both The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
No small part of the success of The Godfather was director Francis Ford Coppola's coup in getting Italian composer Nino Rota, best known for his scores to Federico Fellini's films, to write its music. Rota borrowed and transformed a theme from an earlier work of his as the score's main motive, presenting a lovely, lonely, minor-key melody that evoked the Italian heritage on which Coppola built the film's sense of grand tragedy. The melody was highly serviceable, working both as a single trumpet tune and as the basis for dances and other musical moments throughout the film. Coppola also brought in his father, Carmine Coppola, to handle some of the music on both The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II, with the elder Coppola taking over more extensively on The Godfather, Part III, which was produced after Rota's death. Soundtrack albums for all three films reached the charts, and now Silva America Records has put together an album of music from the three films, newly recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman. The cardboard cover on the CD jewel box contains the phrase "30th Anniversary," which indicates that somebody can't count, because The Godfather was released in 1972, but no matter. The music remains compelling, with the prelude to Pietro Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana, used as the dramatic conclusion to Part III, fitting in well and suggesting one of the influences on Rota's style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572112127
  • Catalog Number: 1121
  • Sales rank: 5,447

Album Credits

Performance Credits
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist, Track Performer
Paul Bateman Conductor
Rudolph Wiederman Conductor
David Temple Choir Master
Technical Credits
Pietro Mascagni Arranger, Orchestration
Nino Rota Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Carmine Coppola Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Gareth Williams Mastering
David Wishart Liner Notes
Crouch End Festival Chorus Contributor
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Miroslav Vilimec Orchestra Leader
Christopher Tin Arranger, Orchestration
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
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