Music from the Films of Marlon Brando

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the fall of Communism at the end of the '80s and the establishment of the Czech Republic at the start of 1993, record executive Reynold da Silva began employing the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to make new recordings of vintage film music, and over the years he has created a considerable library of these remakes for his Silva Screen Records label. He recycles the material on a seemingly endless series of albums, on which the Prague is usually credited only in small print on the back cover. And so it is with this two-CD set made up of excerpts of the orchestral scores for films in which Marlon Brando appeared, excerpts previously heard on such Silva Screen...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the fall of Communism at the end of the '80s and the establishment of the Czech Republic at the start of 1993, record executive Reynold da Silva began employing the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to make new recordings of vintage film music, and over the years he has created a considerable library of these remakes for his Silva Screen Records label. He recycles the material on a seemingly endless series of albums, on which the Prague is usually credited only in small print on the back cover. And so it is with this two-CD set made up of excerpts of the orchestral scores for films in which Marlon Brando appeared, excerpts previously heard on such Silva Screen albums as Godfather: Trilogy 1, 2 & 3, Jurassic Park & Others: The Classic John Williams, and Shakespeare at the Movies. Talented as he may have been as an actor, Brando had no musical ability, which anyone who has seen Guys and Dolls (in which he attempted to sing) will know. But he appeared in 39 feature films, and those films employed such noted composers as Nino Rota, Alex North, Franz Waxman, John Williams, Miklós Rózsa, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Leonard Bernstein, whose work is sampled here. The Prague is, as usual, efficient without being at all distinctive, and the cues often consist of main themes or otherwise familiar passages. Gato Barbieri's individual touch on "Last Tango in Paris" is missed, of course, but otherwise the sound is not far removed from what was achieved on the Hollywood soundstages. Most of Brando's more important films are represented, although there is nothing from Charlie Chaplin's music for A Countess from Hong Kong or Michael Kamen's from Don Juan DeMarco. On the other hand, there are a couple of inclusions that, while technically allowable, don't really belong. Brando did appear in Superman, but his part was so small it no doubt took up less screen time than the four-plus minutes given over to John Williams' main theme here. And, while Brando was in the last section of the lengthy Apocalypse Now, that hardly seems a reasonable justification for including Richard Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries," which was used long before he ever appeared onscreen and was associated with a different character. Perhaps it should have been saved for an upcoming Silva Screen compilation to be called Music from the Films of Robert Duvall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572116620
  • Catalog Number: 1166

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz (3:47)
  2. 2 Suite (8:20)
  3. 3 Prelude (1:46)
  4. 4 Katsumi's Love Theme (4:49)
  5. 5 Street Fight (3:37)
  6. 6 Elegy & Finale (3:23)
  7. 7 Main & end Titles (4:56)
  8. 8 Love Theme (2:35)
  9. 9 Theme (3:30)
  10. 10 Theme (5:19)
  11. 11 Main Title: The Ski Run (2:08)
  12. 12 Main Theme (4:12)
  13. 13 Sicilian Pastorale / The Pick Up (3:38)
  14. 14 Finale (4:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture (5:25)
  2. 2 Caesar Now Be Still (6:25)
  3. 3 A Gathering of Forces (3:30)
  4. 4 Main Title (2:44)
  5. 5 Suite (7:09)
  6. 6 The Ride of the Valkyries (as used in the film Apocalypse Now) [From Apocal (4:33)
  7. 7 Suite from the Film (20:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
Nic Raine Conductor
Paul Bateman Conductor
Steve Lockwood Harmonica
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Ivan Myslikovjan Saxophone
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Arranger, Composer
Nino Rota Arranger, Composer
Miklós Rózsa Arranger, Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Richard Wagner Composer
Franz Waxman Arranger, Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Gato Barbieri Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
Leith Stevens Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Hugo Friedhofer Arranger, Composer
John Barry Composer
Alex North Arranger, Composer
Christopher Palmer Arranger
Nic Raine Arranger
Hubert Spencer Arranger
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Derek Wadsworth Arranger
Gareth Williams Mastering
Mark McGurty Arranger
Patrick Russ Arranger
David Wishart Liner Notes
James Fitzpatrick Producer, Concept
Jan Holzner Engineer
Damien Doherty Art Direction
Christopher Tin Arranger
Evan Jolly Arranger
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
John W. Waxman Manuscript Coordinator
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