Serenada Schizophrana

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Many of Hollywood's great film composers mastered the art of using music unobtrusively to underline a movie's drama and emotions. Danny Elfman can do this as well as the best of them, but often the most entertaining moments in his film scores are conspicuously hyperactive, the music coming to dominate and even propel the action. So it's no surprise that Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana, his first orchestral work written for a concert hall instead of a movie theater, has no trouble grabbing and sustaining the listener's attention through its eclectic six-movement span. It's something of a Concerto for Orchestra, giving each section of instruments a shot at the spotlight, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Many of Hollywood's great film composers mastered the art of using music unobtrusively to underline a movie's drama and emotions. Danny Elfman can do this as well as the best of them, but often the most entertaining moments in his film scores are conspicuously hyperactive, the music coming to dominate and even propel the action. So it's no surprise that Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana, his first orchestral work written for a concert hall instead of a movie theater, has no trouble grabbing and sustaining the listener's attention through its eclectic six-movement span. It's something of a Concerto for Orchestra, giving each section of instruments a shot at the spotlight, from the piano solos of the opening movement through the mysterious "Blue Strings" and the stream-of-consciousness shifts of "A Brass Thing," where laid-back swing alternates in montage with more ominous rhythms. These may well be soundtracks for imaginary films -- the manic "Quadruped Patrol" is classic chase music, for instance -- but for the listener, it's refreshing to hear Elfman's work without images by Tim Burton or some other film director crowding the imagination. Surprisingly, one of the most satisfying parts of the Serenada is also its least cinematic: "I Forget" is a beautifully arranged vocal setting of a Spanish text, which suggests that Elfman is just as capable of responding to the inspiration of words as to images. With a great deal of music in a recognizably "Elfmanesque" style, fans of his film work will find much to enjoy here, but you don't have to be a soundtrack collector to appreciate his unmistakably unique world of sound.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rock-musician-turned-film-composer Danny Elfman was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra to write Serenada Schizophrana, his first piece of classical concert music, and it had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 2005. This recording, produced by Elfman and conducted by John Mauceri, has been made with all the ambition of a big-budget Hollywood film, employing an orchestra of 140 members plus a small choir. In his liner notes, Elfman cites a series of influences, but the two a listener is most likely to be reminded of are Bernard Herrmann and the man Elfman calls "one of my few living influences," Philip Glass. This is because, as is usual in his many film scores, Elfman pay particular attention to radically changing dynamics (Herrmann) and quick, driving tempos (Glass). But the biggest influence on Elfman, as demonstrated here, may not so much be an earlier composer as his day job. He writes that he began composing the work by writing short pieces of "maybe a minute each," developed some of them until he had six separate movements, and then "more or less let the movements take themselves wherever they wanted to go in a kind of musical stream of consciousness...." This turns out to be a reasonable description of the musical results, and another way of putting it would be to say that Elfman as a film composer, particularly of the adventure and fantasy films on which he often works, is accustomed to writing short cues to underline specific dramatic moments onscreen and that, even without that inspiration, he has done much the same thing here. One might have hoped that he would take the opportunity to develop his musical ideas more rather than just stringing a lot of them together and juxtaposing them in ways that sound interesting, but given his experiences of the past 20 years, that might have been too much to expect. As it is, Serenada Schizophrana lives up to its name, and it is not surprising to note that, although not written for the movies, it has already been adapted to them, serving as soundtrack to the IMAX film Deep Sea 3D.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
This spectacularly vivid recording needs no images.... It all ends up sounding very much like Elfman, irresistibly so.

This spectacularly vivid recording needs no images.... It all ends up sounding very much like Elfman, irresistibly so.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 828768978023
  • Catalog Number: 89780
  • Sales rank: 45,232

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Elfman Primary Artist
Sue Raney Bass
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
John Mauceri Conductor
Richard Todd French Horn
Richard Altenbach Violin
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Steve Bell French Horn
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Darius Campo Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Gloria Cheng Piano, Keyboards
Larry Corbett Cello
Wade Culbreath Percussion
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Richard Feves Bass
Julie Gigante Violin
Daniel Greco Percussion
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Victor Lawrence Cello
Roger Lebow Cello
Dane Little Cello
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Edward Meares Bass
Joe Meyer French Horn
Todd Miller French Horn
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Robin Olson Violin
Bobbi Page Vocals
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Emil Radocchia Percussion
Kim Scholes Cello
Harry Shirinian Viola
Tina Soule Cello
John Steinmetz Bassoon
Joel Timm Oboe
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Terry Wood Vocals
Ann Atkinson Bass
Elin Carlson Vocals
Daniel Kelley French Horn
Peter Limonick Timpani
Andrew Shulman Cello
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Julie Rogers Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Natalie Leggett Violin
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Cello
Kimberly Lingo Vocals
Andrew Picken Viola
Leslie Reed Oboe
Chris Bleth Oboe
Shawn Mann Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Armen Anassian Violin
Antony Cooke Cello
Agnes Gottschewski Violin
Al Hershberger Violin
David Washburn Trumpet
Frances Liu Wu Bass
Julian Hallmark Violin
Keith Greene Viola
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Tiffiany Yi Hu Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Tim Morrison Trumpet
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Trevor Handy Cello
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Thomas Dienner Viola
Liane Mautner Violin
Caroline Campbell Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Piotr Jandula Viola
Pat Johnson Violin
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Allen Savedoff Bassoon
Carolyn Riley Viola
Jennifer Levin Violin
Ishani Bhoola Violin
Eric J. Hosler Violin
Phillip Yao French Horn
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Marina Manukian Violin
Alyssa Park Violin
Lorenz Gamma Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Julie Long Flute
Joanna Bushnell Vocals
Jen Kuhn Cello
Diane Freiman Reynolds Vocals
Mike Grego Clarinet
Steve Richards Cello
Donald Foster Clarinet
Judith Farmer Bassoon
Lorand Lokuszta Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Radu Pieptea Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Maggie Parkins Cello
Searmi Park Violin
Yelena Yegoryan Violin
Don Williams Percussion
Todd Miller French Horn
Ryan Sweeney Cello
Colleen Carroll Flute
Christine Guter Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Terri Koide Vocals
Duncan Massey Bassoon
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Brian D. A. O'Connor French Horn
Thomas Diener Viola
Lynne Richberg Viola
Alex Iles Trombone
Phillip Teele Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Dennis Karmazan Cello
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
John A. Reynolds French Horn
Marlow Fisher Viola
Paul Cohen Cello
T.J. Lindgren Keyboards
Amy Hershberger Violin
Marc Sazer Violin
Robert Thies Piano, Keyboards
Steven Becknell French Horn
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Lily Ho Chen Violin
Elissa Johnston Soprano (Vocal)
Connie Deeter Bass
Matthew Funes Viola
Timothy Morrison Trumpet
Louise di Tullio Flute
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Heather Clark Flute
Sarah Parkins Violin
Teri Eiko Koide Vocals
Kevin Connolly Violin
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Danny Elfman Producer, Liner Notes
Steve Bartek Producer
Bobbi Page Choir Contractor
Armin Steiner Engineering
Bill Talbott Stage Engineer
Pat Sullivan Mastering
Christine Sirois Engineering
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Ryan Robinson Mix Technician
Shie Rozow Producer, Digital Editing
Scott Dunn Producer
George Condo Artwork, Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Danny Elfman amazes again

    i have many of his movie soundtracks but this was beyond my expectations.it sounds just like the great classical composrs,that i thought were no longer around.it goes from soothing to exciting very smoothly. all in all a very amazing cd

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