The Incredible Film Music Box

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Silva Screen Records devotes itself to making new recordings of old film music, usually employing the presumably non-unionized City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The label has been at this task for some time, and thus has built up quite a library of recordings, which allows it to recycle its material in compilations like this one. Spanning four discs, with a running time approaching four-and-a-half hours, The Incredible Film Music Box seems intended as a kind of omnibus collection to be popped into a multi-CD player and provide an evening's worth of often quite familiar movie music. Unfortunately, whoever designed the cover added a legend that reads, "Celebrating ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Silva Screen Records devotes itself to making new recordings of old film music, usually employing the presumably non-unionized City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The label has been at this task for some time, and thus has built up quite a library of recordings, which allows it to recycle its material in compilations like this one. Spanning four discs, with a running time approaching four-and-a-half hours, The Incredible Film Music Box seems intended as a kind of omnibus collection to be popped into a multi-CD player and provide an evening's worth of often quite familiar movie music. Unfortunately, whoever designed the cover added a legend that reads, "Celebrating music from the "Greatest Box Office Hits' of the last 60 years," which is not true. To begin with, the first three of the 56 selections sequenced in chronological order of the films' releases, the overtures from Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane, and an instrumental treatment of the song "As Time Goes By," heard in Casablanca, date from more than 60 years before this album's 2005 release. Then, too, the emphasis on "box office hits" is problematic. That is a quantifiable if disputable measure for inclusion, and the collection simply does not live up to it. According to www.filmsite.org, for example, only 11 of the 56 biggest box office hits of the past 60 years have music included here: Titanic, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jaws, The Incredibles, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, and Saving Private Ryan. That is considering the list of top money makers as of 2005 without regard to inflation; the adjusted list would also include Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, Ben-Hur, and The Godfather, but back out some of the more recent titles, such that a mere ten of the 56 highest grossers would be featured. Nor are these the most celebrated scores; only 12 were Academy Award winners. But what the collection does have going for it is familiarity. "The Harry Lime Theme" from The Third Man, "Colonel Bogey March" from The Bridge on the River Kwai, the main theme from The Magnificent Seven, the overture from Lawrence of Arabia, the main title music from The Great Escape, the main theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, "Also Sprach Zarathustra," interpolated into 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Wendy Carlos synthesizer arrangement of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from A Clockwork Orange -- these are all musical works that have entered the public consciousness, and they do come from successful films, if not actually "the greatest box office hits of the last 60 years." The orchestra heard on all but six tracks handles them adequately for the most part, though the pieces that have become closely associated with particular recordings, such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky suffer in obviously inferior treatments that ape the hit versions. The Incredible Film Music Box doesn't justify its billing, but it does fulfill its main function, to present a big collection of well-known film music in a single package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572118129
  • Catalog Number: 1181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (6:26)
  2. 2 Overture (2:46)
  3. 3 As Time Goes By, song (3:07)
  4. 4 It's a Wonderful Life (2:35)
  5. 5 The Third Man Theme (Harry Lime Theme) (2:23)
  6. 6 Suite (7:21)
  7. 7 Colonel Bogey March, for band (or orchestra) [From the Bridge on the Ri (4:06)
  8. 8 Prelude (3:00)
  9. 9 Main Title (5:57)
  10. 10 Parade of the Charioteers (from Ben-Hur) (3:39)
  11. 11 Prelude (3:21)
  12. 12 Suite (7:24)
  13. 13 Themes (4:52)
  14. 14 Suite (4:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Suite (8:23)
  2. 2 Main Title (2:18)
  3. 3 Main Title & Lara's Theme (5:28)
  4. 4 Themes (2:53)
  5. 5 Jill's Theme (6:09)
  6. 6 Introduction (1:52)
  7. 7 Theme (3:59)
  8. 8 Main Title - Gareth Williams (5:15)
  9. 9 Ode to Joy (Beethoven) (5:35)
  10. 10 Waltz & Love Theme (6:27)
  11. 11 Themes (2:16)
  12. 12 Gonna Fly Now (4:42)
  13. 13 Night Piece, suite from "Taxi Driver," for saxophone & orchestra (arr. (8:03)
  14. 14 A New Hope (5:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Main Theme (4:11)
  2. 2 End Title (3:51)
  3. 3 Intermezzo (3:22)
  4. 4 Raider's March (5:28)
  5. 5 End Titles (4:46)
  6. 6 Adventures on Earth (10:53)
  7. 7 Deborah's Theme (4:45)
  8. 8 Main Theme (3:26)
  9. 9 Building the Barn (4:40)
  10. 10 Main Theme (4:50)
  11. 11 Unspecified excerpt (3:34)
  12. 12 Charging Fort Wagner (3:01)
  13. 13 The John Dunbar Theme (2:33)
  14. 14 Claudia's Theme (from movie The Unforgiven) (6:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Heart Asks Pleasure First (3:45)
  2. 2 Main Theme (4:03)
  3. 3 End Credits (7:04)
  4. 4 My Heart Will Go On (5:02)
  5. 5 Hym to the Fallen (6:04)
  6. 6 Any Other Name - Rick Clark (3:51)
  7. 7 Now We Are Free (4:24)
  8. 8 The Fellowship (5:52)
  9. 9 Grief's Theme (4:22)
  10. 10 Suite (7:33)
  11. 11 Suite (7:00)
  12. 12 The Letter that Never Came (3:57)
  13. 13 Impossible Opening (3:38)
  14. 14 Overture (Road Trip / The Glory Days) (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
Anton Karas Zither
Rick Clark Track Performer
Nic Raine Conductor
Derek Wadsworth Conductor
Gareth Williams Track Performer
Mark Ayres Track Performer
National Youth Jazz Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Paul Bateman Conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Gertrud Huber Zither
Mario Klemens Conductor
Adam Klemens Conductor
Bronagh Mullan Vocals, Soloist
Bill Ashton Conductor
Technical Credits
Maurice Jarre Composer
Pietro Mascagni Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Nino Rota Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Miklós Rózsa Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Richard Strauss Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Henry Mancini Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Wendy Carlos Composer
Michael Nyman Composer
Elmer Bernstein Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Jerry Goldsmith Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
John Williams [composer] Composer
Roy Budd Composer
Anton Karas Composer
Bill Conti Composer
James Horner Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Kenneth J. Alford Arranger, Orchestration
John Barry Composer
Rick Clark Arranger, Orchestration, Mastering
Bernard Herrmann Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
John Langley Arranger, Orchestration
Ennio Morricone Composer
Arthur Morton Arranger, Orchestration
Thomas Newman Composer
Christopher Palmer Arranger, Orchestration
Vangelis Composer
Nic Raine Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Howard Shore Composer
Alan Silvestri Composer
Peter Smith Arranger, Orchestration
Max Steiner Composer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Arranger, Engineer, Orchestration
Hans Zimmer Composer
Mark Ayres Arranger, Orchestration
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Composer
Lennie Neihaus Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Townend Arranger, Orchestration
Paul Bateman Arranger, Orchestration
Karl-Heinz Loges Arranger, Orchestration
Neil Richardson Arranger, Orchestration
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Jan Holzner Engineer
John Williams & the Tick Tocks Arranger, Orchestration
Klaus Badelt Composer
Damien Doherty Art Direction
Michael Giacchino Composer
Christopher Tin Arranger, Orchestration
Alexandre Desplat Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Evan Jolly Arranger, Orchestration
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Clint Eastwood Composer
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