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
February 2004 CD REVIEWS Founder Len Mullenger

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Editor's Choice

Alexandre Desplat: Girl With a Pearl Earing ;   The Pro Arte Orchestra of LondonJames Boyd, viola and viola d'amore; Alexandre Desplat, flute; Frederic Gaillardet, piano;   Available On: DECCA 475 537-2; Running Time: 50.30 ; ***** 5 IL ; ****(*) 4 1/2 GSD

Ron Goodwin: Where Eagles Dare / Operation Crossbow ;   Available from Film Score Monthly FSM Vol.6 No.21; Two discs: Total running time: 152.44 ; ***** 5 GSD

Editor's Recommendation

Michael Giaachino: Secret Weapons Over Normandy ;   Orchestrated and Conducted by Tim Simonec; Performed by The Northwest Sinfonia; Taiko Drum Ensemble led by Stan Shikuma;   Available on La-La Land Records LLLCD 1013; Disc 1: 68.55, Disc 2: 14.02 (plus 'Quicktime movies' totalling 9.38 minutes), Total time: 82.57 ; ****(*) 41/2 GSD

Jean-Claude Petit: Cyrano De Bergerac ;   Thierry Caens, trumpet  Available on Colosseum CST 80462; Running time: 49.55 ; ***** 5 MP ; ***** 5 GSD

Miklós Rózsa: Moonfleet ;   Orchestrated by Eugene Zador   Available from Film Score Monthly FSM Vol.6 No.20, Total running time: 77.11 (Score: 46.48, Bonus cues: 30.22) ; ***** 5 GSD

John Debney: The Passion of the Christ (Excerpts) : score and film preview;   Advance promo not commercially available; Running time: 28.35 ; ****(*) 41/2 GSD ; [not rated] WDL

Other

Gustavo Santaolalla: 21 Grams ;   Available on Varèse Sarabande Records VSD-6527; Running Time: 38:15 ; * 1 MH

Danny Elfman: Big Fish ;   Available on Sony Classical/Epic SK93094; Running time: 61.26 ; ***** 5 AD ; **** 4 MH

Michael Suby: The Butterfly Effect ;   Available on La-La Land records: LLLCD 1014; Running time: 43.50 ; ***(*) 31/2 AD

David Newman: The Cat in the Hat ;   Original Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman   Available on Decca Records B0001610-02; Running Time: 49.02 ; *** 3 JW

Gabriel Yared: Cold Mountain ;   Songs written / arranged and performed by various artists and T-Bone Burnett; Produced by T-Bone Burnett   Available on Sony / Columbia COL 5151192; Total running time: 63.09 (Songs: 47.46, Score: 15.23) ; Songs ***; Score ***; Overall ***; GSD

James Galway: Quiet on the Set: James Galway at the Movies ;   James Galway, flute; Jeanne Galway, flute; Music arranged and conducted by Thomas Kochan; Performed by The London Mozart Players;   Available on BMG RCA Red Seal 82876 579102; Running time: 50.31 ; ** 2 GSD

Galt MacDermot; Book & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado: Hair - Broadway Deluxe collector's edition;   Available on RCAVictor 82876-56085-2; Total running time: 129.22 (Disc 1 67.47 - Disc 2 61.35) ; *** 3 PH

Matthew Ferraro: Mango Kiss ;   Conducted by Tim Simonec   Promo disc not commercially available; Running time: 29.06 ; **** 4 GSD

James Horner: The Missing ;   Available on SONY SK 93093 Running Time: 77.35 ; ***(*) 31/2 IL ; ***(*) 31/2 MH

James Newton Howard: Peter Pan ;   Orchestrations by Jeff Atmajian, Brad Dechter, Conrad Pope, Pete Anthony, Jon Kull and James Newton Howard; Conducted by Pete Anthony; Performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony and Hollywood Chorale   Available on Varèse Sarabande VSD-6534; Running time: 44.31 ; ***(*) 31/2 GSD

James L. Venable: Scary Movie 3 ;   Orchestrated and conducted by Dell Hake; Performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony   Available on Varèse Sarabande VSD-6533; Total running time: 45.57 (Songs: 36.03, Skits: 2.25, Score: 9.54 ; *(*) 1 1/2 GSD

Gabriel Yared: Sylvia ;   Available On Varèse Sarabande VSD-6526; Running Time: 46.52 ; **** 4 IL

DVD and Film Reviews

Gabriel Yared: Sylvia (2003);   Directed by Christine Jeffs   DVD available on Alliance Atlantis, region 1 only; Film currently on cinema release in the UK; Running time: 1 hour 54 minutes ; Film rating: **(*) 21/2; DVD rating: (*) 1 MB

Various: Taking Sides (2001);   Directed by Istvan Szabo; Music by Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler and Daniel Barenboim   DVD available on VCL, region 2 from www.amazon.de; OST available on DG471 564-2; Running time: 105 minutes ; Film rating: ***(*) 31/2; DVD rating: **(*) 21/2 MB


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