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Serenada Schizophrana

Serenada Schizophrana

4.6 3
by Danny Elfman
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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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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
Donald Williams   Percussion
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Julie Rogers   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   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
Armen Anassian   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
Agnes Gottschewski   Violin
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
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
Todd Miller   French Horn
Ryan Sweeney   Cello
Colleen Carroll   Flute
Christine Guter   Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
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
Christine Sirois   Engineering
Ryan Robinson   Mix Technician
Shie Rozow   Producer
George Condo   Artwork,Cover Art
Scott Dunn   Producer

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Serenada Schizophrana 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago