Reel Love: The Cinematic Romance Album

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Silva Screen Records missed the usual Valentine's Day release target for this sort of album by a couple of months, but maybe the label was aiming for Prom Night instead. Or perhaps it doesn't matter when you put out an album of romantic music, since love can spring up at any time. Silva Screen specializes in re-creations of film music generally performed, as 29 out of 30 tracks here are, by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra the exception being Tony Lee's solo piano version of Erroll Garner's 1954 jazz standard "Misty," included on the grounds of its use in 1971's Play Misty for Me. But you won't see the orchestra credited on the cover. The star here is the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Silva Screen Records missed the usual Valentine's Day release target for this sort of album by a couple of months, but maybe the label was aiming for Prom Night instead. Or perhaps it doesn't matter when you put out an album of romantic music, since love can spring up at any time. Silva Screen specializes in re-creations of film music generally performed, as 29 out of 30 tracks here are, by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra the exception being Tony Lee's solo piano version of Erroll Garner's 1954 jazz standard "Misty," included on the grounds of its use in 1971's Play Misty for Me. But you won't see the orchestra credited on the cover. The star here is the music, and the emphasis on movie titles arranged into five themes -- "The Golden Age of Hollywood Romance," "Piano Love Themes," "The Jane Austen Romances," "European Romantic Cinema," and "Contemporary Hollywood Romances" -- warns the listener of the nearly generic nature of the performances. From the start, with Max Steiner's "Tara's Theme" from Gone With the Wind, the orchestra is turning in competent but unexceptional readings of the many familiar pieces. Anyone who has seen Gone With the Wind and who hasn't? recalls the power of that theme, particularly in the moments just before the intermission, but this orchestra lacks the forcefulness of the M-G-M studio orchestra that played it, or perhaps conductor Nic Raine's arrangement and orchestration just don't go for the gusto. Raine, Paul Bateman, Kenneth Alwyn, and James Fitzpatrick, who alternate at the conductor's podium, seem to have been concerned with getting professional work from the orchestra, but not a distinct sense of interpretation. Maybe that makes for an album that will play well as background music in a romantic setting for movie lovers who know their scores and theme songs, from Casablanca to Titanic. But it also means that these stirring themes have been reduced to anonymous easy listening music for the most part.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572117726
  • Catalog Number: 1177

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
Nic Raine Conductor
Mary Carewe Vocals
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Paul Bateman Piano, Conductor, Soloist
Keith Ferreira Vocals
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Tony Lee Piano, Soloist
James Fitpatrick Conductor
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tony Lee Piano
Technical Credits
Maurice Jarre Composer
Nino Rota Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Danny Elfman Composer
Gato Barbieri Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Barry De Vorzon Composer
Francis Lai Composer
Gabriel Yared Composer
Luis Bacalov Composer
James Horner Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Jean-Claude Petit Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Steve Bartek Arranger, Orchestration
Perry Botkin Jr. Composer
Rick Clark Mastering
Bernard Herrmann Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Ennio Morricone Composer
Alex North Composer
Christopher Palmer Arranger, Orchestration
Rachel Portman Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Nic Raine Arranger, Orchestration
Max Steiner Composer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Derek Wadsworth Arranger, Orchestration
Hy Zaret Composer
Pierre Barouh Composer
Patrick Doyle Composer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Composer
Pierre Bachelet Composer
Mark McGurty Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Townend Arranger, Orchestration
Patrick Russ Arranger, Orchestration
Lawrence Ashmore Arranger, Orchestration
Paul Bateman Arranger, Orchestration
Hervé Roy Composer
Murray Cutter Arranger, Orchestration
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Keith Getty Arranger, Orchestration
Christopher Tin Arranger, Orchestration
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer, Concept
Sarah Ann Lewis Art Direction, Cover Photo
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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