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September 1999 Supplement

Collection: CINEMA SERENADE 2 The Golden Age     Itzhak Perlman (violin); John Williams conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra   SONY SK 60773 [47:35]



David Raksin: Laura "Theme" (Arr. Angela Morley)

Max Steiner: Now Voyager "Theme" (Arr. John Williams)

Gone With the Wind "Tara's Theme" (Arr. Angela Morley)

Charlie Chaplin: Modern Times "Smile" (Arr. John Williams)

Miklós Rózsa: Lost Weekend "Love Theme" (Arr. John Williams)

Traditional: The Quiet Man "St. Patrick's Day" (Arr. Angela Morley)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood "Love Theme"

(Arr. John Williams)

Herman Hupfield: Casablanca "AS Time Goes By" (Arr. John Williams)

William Walton: Henry V "Touch Her Soft Lips and Part"

(Arr. Richard Rodney Bennett)

Victor Young: The Uninvited "Stella by Starlight" (Arr. John Williams)

My Foolish Heart "Theme" (Arr. Angela Morley)

Alfred Newman: Wuthering Heights "Cathy's Theme" (Arr. Angela Morley)

Just the above list of the tracks ought to whet the appetite. Or a list of the composers represented. Or knowing it's Williams waving the baton. Or that Itzhak Perlman is leading the way. Combine all 4, and you should be positively drooling !

For a compilation such as this there's really very little to cover. The Boston Pops are of course superb - especially working with Williams. Perlman's performances of the arrangements are fabulous. The 24-bit recording is exemplary, with Perlman's violin miked generously.

You could never fault a single one of the pieces, so here's the list: Raksin's Laura, Steiner's Now, Voyager and Gone With The Wind, Chaplin's Modern Times, Rozsa's Lost Weekend, Korngold's Robin Hood, Walton's Henry V, Young's The Uninvited and My Foolish Heart, Hupfeld's Casablanca, and Newman's Wuthering Heights.

Actually, here's a gripe - we'll probably find these 2 volumes boxed at mid-price before long!


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