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Music In Film (National Public Radio Milestones Of The Millennium)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Sergey Prokofiev, David Raksin
Music In Film (National Public Radio Milestones Of The Millennium)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Good film music should be seen and not heard--that is, it's usually there for background, to reinforce what you're seeing, not to draw attention to itself. So why listen to it? Often that's a mystery, but the items in this...  more »

      
   
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Good film music should be seen and not heard--that is, it's usually there for background, to reinforce what you're seeing, not to draw attention to itself. So why listen to it? Often that's a mystery, but the items in this collection seem to have been selected because they are interesting music (Prokofiev, Copland, Bernstein) or because they are so familiar that they bring back memories of favorite movies (Laura, High Noon, Star Wars). Like much movie music, a lot of these items are sentimental and overblown, even the more famous ones. (Those famous screaming strings in Psycho can sound silly without the onscreen action.) But if you want one movie-music CD in your collection, this may be the one to have. --Leslie Gerber

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A fine compilation...
bjdonohue | WALDORF, MD United States | 02/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These type of compilation albums are often a mixed bag. "60 Years Of Great Music!" "20 Of The Most Memorable Themes Of All Time!" You know the drill. Half the stuff is great. Half of the rest is o.k. As for the remainder, you wonder how it ended up on anyone's short list. But with this release, Sony delivers the goods. Sure, it would be easy to pick 20 great scores neglected by this release. But instead of focusing on what isn't on it, focus on what is. You might be able to come up with as good a sampling as this, but it's doubtful you could do better. Of course, for serious fans of film music, most, if not all, of the selections will already be in their collection. So what? Three quarters of the selections aren't from the original recordings anyway. All of the reinterpretations are at worst interesting. For "Classical Music Snobs" or Film Score neophytes, this is a great introduction into the classical music of the 20th Century and beyond, the Original Film Score. A truly enjoyable listen from start to finish, this is definately one to consider."
So So Compilation
William F. Flanigan Jr. | North Potomac, MD USA | 01/13/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"My major interest in this CD was in the selection entitled "Robin Hood And His Merry Men" (duration: 4 min, 28 sec), conducted by John Williams, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It turns out that this is a re-issue of the track from Sony Classical SK 62788, 1997. Surprisingly, this performance is poky, ponderous, and prodding. The conducting is, well, somnambulistic. Miking/mixing/processing yields a sonic brick deficient in instrumental nuances while sounding like way too many musicians were shoe horned into the recording studio. As for the rest of the tracks, it's hard to believe, but Silva America offers better compilations! Best to skip this one."
Music In Film (NPR Milestones of the Millennium
bjdonohue | 05/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Great CD;the music is crystal clear with an excellent variety demonstrating the wide variety of musical talents in Hollywood. Liner notes are also most interesting, explaining some of the history behind the cuts and pointing out differences in the composers styles...as with John Barry. His style ranges from "the Lion in Winter" bold dramatic soundtrack to the exquisitley tender "Dances with Wolves" theme music. A CD to enjoy over and over"