EDITOR: Ian Lace
Deputy Editor:
Gary S. Dalkin

Reviewers: Ian Lace,
Paul Tonks,Gary Dalkin, Richard Adams, (JW), Didier C Deutsch, Gerald Fenech, Mark Hockley
Los Angeles correspondent: Anthony E. Anderson
May 2002 CD REVIEWS Founder Len Mullenger

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Editor's Choice

DVD Film: Cleopatra (Special Edition) Music by Alex NORTH   Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex HarrisonDirected by Joseph L. Mankiewicz   20th Century Fox Home Video 3 DVDs [Feature film: 248 mins; Documentary 2hrs approx.] ; **** IL

Editor's Recommendation

DVD film: To Kill A Mockingbird with music by Elmer BERNSTEIN;    Starring Gregory Peck. Directed by Robert Mulligan   COLUMBIA TRISTAR/UNIVERSAL UDR 90085 [124 mins approx. feature] plus Making of feature [90 mins]; ***** IL

John WILLIAMS: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (The 20th Anniversary edition);    MCA 112 819-2 [75:37] ; ****(*) IL

Miklós Rózsa: King of Kings ;   OST   RHINO R2-78348 2-CD SET [77:38 and 56:49] ; ***** JW ; ***(*) JH ; ***** GSD

Benjamin FRANKEL: Film Music: The Importance of Being Ernest; The Curse of the Werewolf; The Night of the Iguana; Trottie True; The Years Between; Footsteps in the Fog. ;   Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Werner Andreas Albert   CPO 999 809-2 [67:15] ; ***** GSD


Miklós RÓZSA : Lust for Life ;   OST   FILM SCORE MONTHLY Vol. 5 No. 1 [68:57] ; ****(*) IL ; ***** GSD

Compilation: Soundtracks Music for films by Wojciech KILAR; (and Maciej MALECKI and Nicholas INGMAN)   CAMPION RRCD 1303 [59:39] ; ***** IL

Various: Things To Come: Original Film Music Themes 1936-1945   Naxos Nostalgia 8.120597 [60:23] ; ****(*) PT

Sainte COLOMBE, Francois COUPERIN, Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Marin MARAIS: Tous Les Matins du Monde 10th Anniversary expanded soundtrack reissue; sopranos Montserrat Figueras and Maria Cristina Kiehr;   Les Concert des Nations: Jordi Savall (basse de viole and direction)   ALIAVOX AV 9821 [75:45] ; ***** GSD


Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH: The Tale about a Priest and his Labourer Balda (opus 36) & The Story about a Silly Baby Mouse (opus 56) ;   The Symphony Orchestra of the Opera Class of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire conducted by Boris Tiles    MUSIC BOHEME CDBMR 012192 [Total: 58:57 * The Tale about a Priest and his Labourer Balda: 44:43 * The Story about a Silly Baby Mouse: 14:44] ; **(*) GSD

Alberto IGLESIAS: Hable Con Ella ;     MILAN 74321 92849-2 [63:33] ; *** PT

TOMANDANDY/LOW/King BLACK ACID/Glen BRANCA: The Mothman Prophecies ;   OST   LAKESHORE RECORDS 2 CD SET [45:26, 59:21] ; *** MH

VARIOUS ARTISTS: 100 Greatest TV Themes ;    SILVA SCREEN 4 CD SET [68:43, 71:22, 72:21, 68:39] ; ***(*) MH

Matthew McCALEY: Andromeda ;    OST  GNP CRESCENDO GNPD 8077[64:47] ; **(*) MH

Jerry GOLDSMITH: Logan's Run   OST  FILM SCORE MONTHLY Vol. 5 No. 2 [74:18] ; ***(*) MH

Boris TCHAIKOVSKY: Aibolit 66/Balzaminov's Marriage   OST  BOHEME CDBMR 908085 [67:52] ; ** MH

DVD Reviews

DVD film: The Taming of the Shrew with music by Nino ROTA   Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli  COLUMBIA TRISTAR CDR 10015 [117 mins] ; **** IL

Curio Corner

Compilation: 'when love speaks' A selection of Shakespeare's sonnets read by (among others): Richard Attenborough; Peter Barkworth; Alan Bates;Kenneth Branagh; Richard Briers; Tom Courtenay; Joseph Fiennes; Ralph Fiennes; Edward Fox; John Gielgud; Ioan Gruffudd; John Hurt; Richard Johnson; Jonathan Pryce; Alan Rickman; Diana Rigg, Timothy Spall; Imogen Stubbs; Sylvia Syms; David Warner; Richard Wilson and Susannah York. With musicians: Barbara Bonney; Des'ree; Bryan Ferry; Keb' Mo'; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Annie Lennox; John Potter; and Rufus Wainwright;    EMI 5 573231 2 [70:07] ; ***(*) IL

Compilation: Hoagy Carmichael - Mr Music Master   Original recordings 1928-1947;     NAXOS 8.120574 [57:41] ; **** GL

Compilation: Ivor Novello (1893-1951) - Shine Through My Dreams  Original recordings 1917-1950  NAXOS 8.120600 [67:00] ; [not rated] IL

Compilation: Albert Ketèlbey Vol. 2   Original historic recordings (1917-1939)   NAXOS 8.110848 [61:42] ; [not rated] IL

Compilation: Dolly Parton sings Country   RCA Country Legends 07863 65101 2 [47:08] ; ****(*) IL

ISKRA 1903: Buzz Soundtrack   Paul Rutherford ((trombone), Derek Bailey (amplified guitar), Barry Guy (double bass)   EMANEM 4066 [79:15] ; (*) and three paracetamolsthree paracetamols three paracetamols. A Golden Turkey Awards contender IL

Audio Book Reviews

George Bernard Shaw: Pygmalion ;   with Anton Lesser as Professor Higgins; Geoffrey Palmer as Colonel Pickering and Lucy Whybrow as Eliza Dolittle; with Hannah Gordon as Mrs Higgins; David Burke as Doolitle, Kate Binchy as Mrs Pearce and Charles Simpson as Freddie Eynsford Hill.    NAXOS NA326812 3 CDs ; [not rated] IL

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