|Label:||Carl Davis Collect|
Performance CreditsCarl Davis Primary Artist,Conductor
City Lights Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical CreditsCharlie Chaplin Composer,Liner Notes
Erich Gruenberg Orchestra Leader
Dick Lewzey Engineer
Nic Raine Producer
Alfred Newman Music Direction
Steve Shin Engineer
Arthur Johnston Arranger
José Padilla Composer
David Robinson Liner Notes
Carl Davis Liner Notes,Score Restoration
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Charlie Chaplin: City Lights based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
It has never been entirely clear just how much Chaplin actually contributed to the film scores which bear his name. The excellent liner notes make the case that all the key elements were solely of Chaplin’s devising. This included precise directives to the copyists as to harmonies, counterpoint, instrumentation, etc. Others allege that Chaplin was a “hummer”, i.e., he provided the raw tunes (orally) and left everything else up to an experienced coterie of arrangers and orchestrators. Regardless, in the case of “City Lights”, what remains is an intriguing concoction of considerable sophistication. Highly sentimental and often redolent of the English music hall, the finished product is strangely insinuating. The original 1931 sessions were said to employ 35 musicians. It sounds like an equivalent number of players were on hand for this 1989 recreation (originally released by Silva Screen in 1995). Carl Davis and his group put forth a convincing argument on behalf of this music. The miking is extremely tight, almost microscopic in its delineation of the sundry musical strands. A notable resurrection courtesy of the indefatigable Carl Davis Collection.