Editor: Gary S. Dalkin
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Reviewers: Glen Aitken, Gary S. Dalkin, Chris and Penny Hill, Mark Hockley, Dimitri Kennaway, Ian Lace, Paul Tonks, David Wishart
November 2003 CD REVIEWS Founder Len Mullenger

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Editor's Choice

Leonard Rosenman1 : The Cobweb (1955)1 ; Edge of the City (aka A Man Is Ten feet Tall (1957)) 2   Conducted by Johnny Green 1; Composed and conducted by Leonard Rosenman 2;   Available on Film Score Golden Age Classics FSM Vol 6 No 14 Total Running Time: 51.14 ; ***** 5 DW

Editor's Recommendation

Christophe Beck: Under the Tuscan Sun ;   Available on: Hollywood Records 2061-62407-2 Running Time: 48.29 ; ***(*) 31/2 IL ; **** 4 GSD

Mark Isham: The Cooler ;   Performed by 16 piece big band lead by the composer   Available on Koch / Commotion Records KOC CD 5707 Running time: 50.03 ; ****(*) 41/2 GSD

Sir Arnold Bax: Film Music: Oliver Twist and Malta GC;   Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC Philharmonic   Available On: Chandos CHAN 10126 Running Time: 73:06 ; ****(*) 41/2 IL

John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music ;   The City of Prague Philharmonic and Crouch End Festival Chorus Conducted by Paul Bateman, Nic Raine, Mario Klemens   Available on Silva Screen TVPMCD810 Total running time: 228.52 min (4 discs) ; ****(*) 41/2 GSD

Don Davis: The Matrix Revolutions ;   Orchestrations by Don Davis, Erik Lundborg, Conrad Pope; additional music by Juno Reactor; Boy soprano soloist, Zachary Biggs;Song 'In My Head' by Pale 3   Available on Warner Sunset / Maverick 48412-2 Running time: 63.30 ; ****(*) 41/2 GSD

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): The Piano Music ;   Martin Jones (piano) with Richard McMahon (piano)*;   Available On: Nimbus 4-CDs NI 5705/8 Running Time: 5 hrs (4 discs) ; **** 4 IL

Other

Various : 21st Century Cinema Classics ;   Available on NAXOS 8.556698 Running time: 74.52 ; ***(*) 31/2 GH

Max Steiner: All This And Heaven Too (1940) / A Stolen Life (1946);   Music for Bette Davis films, restorations by John Morgan; Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Choir/William Stromberg; Recorded Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, February-March 2002   Available on Marco Polo 8.225218 Running time: 71.08 ; **** 4 JW

Graham Fitkin: Kaplan ;   Graham Fitkin and Ruth Wall (keyboards)   Available on Black Box BBM1086 Running Time: 62:39 ; ***(*) 31/2 IL

Hans Zimmer: The Last Samurai ;   Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice  Available on Elektra 62932-2 Running time: 59.47 ; **** 4 GSD

Hans Zimmer: The Lion King ;   Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice  Special Edition Soundtrack available on Disney 60124-7 Running time: 52.17 ; ****(*) 41/2 JW

Jerome Kern: Lovely to Look At - M-G-M Musical from 1952; bonus tracks from Texas Carnival M-G-M musical from 1951 with music by Harry Warren, June Hershey, Don Swander & Maurice Vandair;   Available On: RHINO RHM2 7842 Running Time: 68:08 ; ***(*) 31/2 IL

Jerry Herman: Mame - 1974 Warner Bros musical;   Available on: RHINO RHM2 7842 Running Time: 44:23 ; *** 3 IL

Robert Ambruster, Robert Drasnin, Gerald Fried, Jerry Goldsmith, Nelson Riddle, Lalo Schifrin, Walter Scharf, Richard Shores, and Morton Stevens: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Volume 2) ;   Available on Film Score Golden Age Classics FSM Vol 6 No 17 Running Time: 154.23 (2 discs) ; *** 3 GA

Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon & Richard Tognetti: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World;   Available on Decca Records (475 398-2) Running Time: 59:37 ; *** 3 MH

Randy Newman: Seabiscuit ;   Available on: Decca/UMG (Universal) 038 279-2 Running Time: 46:32 ; **** 4 JW

Jeanine Tesori with lyrics by Dick Scanlan and others: Thoroughly Modern Millie Original Broadway Cast Recording 2002;   Available on RCA Victor 09026 63959 2 Running Time: 58.32 ; **** 4 CH

Jerry Goldsmith: The Wild Rovers ;   Available on Film Score Golden Age Classics FSM Vol 6 No 15 Running Time: 79.13 ; Score *** 3, Album re-recording **** 4 GSD

Carl Davis: The World At War 30th Anniversary Edition;   Available on Silva Screen FILMCD370 Running time: 74.41 ; ***(*) 31/2 GSD


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