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Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 2: Film & Television Music
Danny Elfman, Jonathan Sheffer, Shirley Walker
Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 2: Film & Television Music
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (29) - Disc #2

A delightfully buoyant, mock-creepy collection of film scores from Hollywood's first and best call for quirk, strangeness, and charm. Focusing on Elfman's post-1992 work (much of it for director Tim Burton), this 2 CD set ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Danny Elfman, Jonathan Sheffer, Shirley Walker, J.A.C. Redford, Steve Bartek, Chris Boardman, Artie Kane, Richard Stone
Title: Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 2: Film & Television Music
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fontana Mca
Original Release Date: 12/3/1996
Release Date: 12/3/1996
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Musicals
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 008811155025

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A delightfully buoyant, mock-creepy collection of film scores from Hollywood's first and best call for quirk, strangeness, and charm. Focusing on Elfman's post-1992 work (much of it for director Tim Burton), this 2 CD set features excerpts from Edward Scissorhands, To Die For, and Batman Returns, among other lesser items. -- Jeff Bateman

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Bring on Volume 3
Guy J. Martin | Melbourne, Australia | 05/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The liner notes and "This is Halloween Demo" on this compilation are well worth the CD price by themselves. Danny comments on each of the tracks on the CDs which is a rare and ego-free look at what a composer thinks of his own work.

Edward Scissorhands is magical, Black Beauty is a rollercoaster of emotion, and Dolores Claiborne makes me want to find the nearest piano. This is not a "Most Popular" compilation, rather it aptly showcases Danny Elfman's (and Orchestrator, Steve Bartek's) brilliance and wide range of style.

Every suite has an Elfman signature, such as the layered complexity which never sounds overdone, or the use of a choir as an instrument.

This (and Volume 1) are examples of the work of a modern day composer who consistently stands out as one of the best.

If you like this and have the spare cash, grab the individual scores from some of the movies he has worked on, including "Men In Black", "Spiderman", "Batman", "Batman Returns", "Nightmare Before Christmas", "Edward Scissorhands", "Mars Attacks" and so many more."
Easy-listening, classic Danny Elfman
Emily McKie | 07/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Danny Elfman is at it again, with this great 2-CD set. I was expecting a double-decker, but all it was was a single CD jewelcase with 2 compartments. Who cares? We're talking about the music here. All the tracks are generally easy listening, perfect to read to. You get over two hours of music for only $22.50. That's a great bargain. $11.25 per CD. The selection and length of tracks are just a tad too long. But it's Danny Elfman; all his music is enjoyable. But who cares about Sommersby or Dead Presidents? The best selections are the Batman tracks and the Edward Scissorhands tracks. Highly recommendable."
Great Instrumental Music
j_ulie | Iowa, USA | 07/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Danny Elfman's "Music for a Darkened Theater" is a brilliantly crafted masterpiece of music. His compositions hold a certain eerie theme, which makes them captivating. His music, ranging from Black Beauty to Edward Scissorhands, projects both fear and beauty, happiness and deceit. "Music for a Darknened Theater" was definitely worth the price I paid for it. Anyone interested in instrumental/soundtrack music will love the phenomenal creations of Danny Elfman."