If Music Be the Food of Love: Shakespeare at the Movies

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Shakespeare's plays have proven to be a perennial source for movie makers, and the bard himself has even been the subject of the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love, so it makes sense for Silva Screen Records, in its ongoing series of re-recordings of film music by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, to hit upon the idea of an album consisting of excerpts from the scores of various Shakespeare films. Beginning and ending with Shaun Davey's music for the 1998 production of Twelfth Night, the double-CD presents what amounts to a mini-history of film scores, interspersed with famous Shakespearean monologues by noted ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Shakespeare's plays have proven to be a perennial source for movie makers, and the bard himself has even been the subject of the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love, so it makes sense for Silva Screen Records, in its ongoing series of re-recordings of film music by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, to hit upon the idea of an album consisting of excerpts from the scores of various Shakespeare films. Beginning and ending with Shaun Davey's music for the 1998 production of Twelfth Night, the double-CD presents what amounts to a mini-history of film scores, interspersed with famous Shakespearean monologues by noted Shakespearean actors, none of them except for the album-closing singing of "The wind and the rain" by Ben Kingsley actually taken from film soundtracks. Although Kenneth Branagh's versions of some of Shakespeare's great plays from the 1980s and after make an interesting contrast with Laurence Olivier's from the 1940s and after, the makers of this album probably were wise to put a lot of space between William Walton's music for Olivier's Henry V and Patrick Doyle's music for Branagh's version. In keeping with the two directors' very different interpretations, Walton echoes the heroic, World War II-era Henry V of Olivier, while Doyle supports the far more problematic post-Falklands War Henry V of Branagh. Elsewhere, it is interesting how Shakespeare provides a forum for such various composers as Dimitri Shostakovich a 1964 Hamlet produced in the U.S.S.R., Miklós Rózsa a 1953 Julius Caesar from Hollywood, and Nino Rota both a 1967 The Taming of the Shrew and the massively popular 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet. The differences in the music often demonstrate that, though the texts may be the same, the filmmakers often have taken wildly different approaches to Shakespeare's works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572602420
  • Catalog Number: 6024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll tell thee a tale (0:54)
  2. 2 Overture - The Globe Theatre (6:27)
  3. 3 Passacaglia - The Death of Falstaff (2:57)
  4. 4 Typische Deutsche - Ioan Gruffudd (1:56)
  5. 5 Family Fugue/Nag! Nag! Nag! (5:36)
  6. 6 Touch her soft lips and part (1:54)
  7. 7 Finale - The Agincourt Song (2:13)
  8. 8 Prelude (3:06)
  9. 9 Ball at the Palace (2:52)
  10. 10 What Kind of Fool Am I? - Derek Jacobi (2:57)
  11. 11 Sweets to the sweet farewell (5:14)
  12. 12 Overture (3:46)
  13. 13 Goddess of the Night / Strike up, Pipers (5:58)
  14. 14 Suite - Bruce McGregor (1:29)
  15. 15 Suite (6:41)
  16. 16 Overture (2:57)
  17. 17 Caesar's Triumphant Entry into Rome (4:46)
  18. 18 Caesar now be still / Finale - Derek Jacobi (2:36)
  19. 19 Caesar now be still / Finale (6:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture - Derek Jacobi (1:04)
  2. 2 Overture (4:20)
  3. 3 Prelude - Derek Jacobi (2:53)
  4. 4 Prelude (6:47)
  5. 5 The Balcony Scene (5:37)
  6. 6 Suite - Ioan Gruffudd (2:42)
  7. 7 Suite (7:41)
  8. 8 Love's Labour's Lost / Arrival of the Princess (5:30)
  9. 9 Intermezzo (0:42)
  10. 10 Intermezzo (3:20)
  11. 11 Suite (7:18)
  12. 12 Prelude - O for a muse of fire (4:28)
  13. 13 St. Crispin's Day (5:08)
  14. 14 Non Nobis Domine - Ioan Gruffudd (2:14)
  15. 15 Non Nobis Domine (3:44)
  16. 16 "The wind and the rain" - Derek Jacobi (1:08)
  17. 17 "The wind and the rain" - Fiachra Trench (5:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
Derek Jacobi Vocals
Shaun Davey Piano
Ben Kingsley Vocals
Nic Raine Conductor
Fiachra Trench Conductor
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Paul Bateman Piano, Conductor
David Temple Choir Master
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Jenny Agutter Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Purcell Composer
Alexander Scriabin Composer
Dmitry Shostakovich Arranger, Orchestration
William Walton Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Gary Thomas Engineer
Shaun Davey Arranger, Orchestration
John Scott Arranger, Orchestration
Cole Porter Composer
Nic Raine Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Fiachra Trench Arranger, Orchestration
Gareth Williams Mastering
Daniel Robbins Arranger, Orchestration
Muir Mathieson Arranger, Orchestration
Malcolm Sargent Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Townend Arranger, Orchestration
Lawrence Ashmore Arranger, Orchestration
Paul Bateman Arranger, Orchestration
David Wishart Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Stephen Warbeck Arranger, Orchestration
Rudolph Wiederman Orchestral Arrangements
James Shearman Arranger, Orchestration
Michael J. Lewis Arranger, Orchestration
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Gary Thomas Engineer
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