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|Carmine Coppola, Nino Rota|
The Godfather Trilogy: I, II & III
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
The Godfather saga may have its roots in pulp fiction, but the vision of director Francis Ford Coppola turned the story of Don Vito Corleone into an epic, multigenerational metaphor for modern American society and its plac... more »
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The Godfather saga may have its roots in pulp fiction, but the vision of director Francis Ford Coppola turned the story of Don Vito Corleone into an epic, multigenerational metaphor for modern American society and its place in the world. Coppola's musical choices were equally sage; aged Italian scoring legend Nino Rota's mournful solo trumpet theme ("Godfather Waltz") would become both a crucial, emotional link in all three films and an enduring modern icon on a par with the themes to Star Wars and Jaws. This compendium gathers key themes from the Godfather trilogy in modern rerecordings, by conductor Paul Bateman and the Prague Philharmonic, that are sonically pristine and faithful to the originals. Utilizing the rich musical heritage of his native Italy (and occasionally evoking memories of his great collaborations with Fellini), Rota's Godfather music would ultimately net him his only Oscar®, for Godfather II. Carmine Coppola, the director's father, supplements Rota's work with music that's more distinctly ethnic, while the prelude from Italian classical composer Pietro Mascagani's masterful opera Cavalleria Rusticana becomes a crucial element in Godfather III, filling the void left by Rota's passing in 1979. --Jerry McCulley
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Noticeably different from the original soundtrack, but that
Andrew Kaplan | Rochester, NY | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first reading the reviews to this Soundtrack collection, I was a bit skeptical, as I read many reviews which mentioned the differences among this collection and the original soundtracks. Being a huge fan of the films and their music, I was a bit nervous about my purchase, but figured how bad could it sound? It's the Godfather!
However, when I got the CD in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised. While I did notice some differences (Tarantella sounds somewhat changed) between the Collection songs and the original analogs, they were not a change for worse. These tracks produced the same, if not greater emotional response than those from the films.
Listening to the whole soundtrack is a great experience from beginning to end for fans of the films and their music, and I absolutely praise the Prague Philharmonic orchestra, Crouch End Festival Chorus, and conductor Paul Bateman for their excellent transition of the original work into this 30th Anniversary collection.
If you like the music from the films, get this disc!"
Extravagant emotion from the music of a classic American fil
David A. Baer | Indianapolis, IN USA | 12/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Three great icons of American cinema were joined at the hip by the memory-saturated musical score that accompanied them. The Godfather films were expansive in many ways, but it ought not be forgotten that the music that framed them arguably lingers in our minds at least as long as the story's most compelling visual images.
Notwithstanding criticism of the City of Prague Orchestra's performance on this CD, I find this album a deeply satisfying revisitation of the Godfather phenomenon. The 'Godfather Waltz' and the 'Love Theme'--with their variations on the two themes--define the musical horizon here.
It is music that would not stand without the film, as is true of film music in general with few exceptions. Yet after recently watching the three films over the space of a few weeks, I find this performance of its sounds well worth the patience it requires to hear them again.
Scenes linger. Sounds endure. A great cinematic moment does that sort of thing."
Close your eyes and dive back into the godfather's world
EyesWideShut | 07/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of the trilogy (esp. 1 and 2), I hesitated to purchase the CD after reading some comments about the "lack of feelings" from the music that is "not the original one".
On the opposite, I found the music well played and recorded, and fairly capable of communicating strong emotions. The CD differs a bit (besides quality - better with this one) compared to the original soundtrack, but I didn't feel the difference as a problem.
Finally, I prefer this version.