November 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Lakatos† -- 'As Time goes By'  
  Roby LAKATOS and his Ensemble
  DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 471 562-2   [67:58]

lakatos as time goes by

Roby Lakatos is descended from JŠnos Bihari, the celebrated violinist and this compilation of movie themes gets the genuine gypsy treatment with full-blooded interpretations of pieces such as the titular 'As Time Goes By' from Casablanca(1942) and 'If I were a Rich Man' from Fiddler on the Roof (1971). The selections that work best though are those where Lakatos takes centre stage with his expressive violin playing, particularly on the two Morricone tracks, 'Poverty' and 'Deborah's Theme' from Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

An agreeable collection, performed with aplomb, that should entertain most and will especially appeal to those who gravitate towards the colour and energy of gypsy music.

Mark Hockley


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