The Genius of Film Music: Hollywood Blockbusters 1960s to 1980s

The Genius of Film Music: Hollywood Blockbusters 1960s to 1980s

by John Mauceri


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Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: London Philharmonic
UPC: 0854990001864
catalogNumber: 86
Rank: 206437


  1. Lawrence of Arabia, film score: Lawrence and the Desert
  2. Once Upon a Time in America, film score: Deborah's Theme
  3. Star Trek: The Motion Picture, film score: The New Enterprise
  4. Mutiny on the Bounty, film score (1962): [Excerpt]
  5. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: A narrative for string orchestra
  6. Taras Bulba, film score: The Ride of the Cossacks
  7. The Godfather, film score: A symphonic portrait
  8. Cleopatra, film score: 2. Antony and Cleopatra
  9. Cleopatra, film score: 1. Caesar and Cleopatra
  10. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare

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Genius of Film Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
Providing the music scores for films has always loomed large throughout the illustrious history of the LPO. Like the other great orchestras based in London, i.e., the LSO, Philharmonia and RPO, the LPO has been engaged in this activity for decades. In fact, the LPO’s very first venture can be traced back to the 1930s. With this new release, the LPO joins forces with another film music veteran, conductor and musicologist, John Mauceri. On first glance, this 2 disc set appears to be a fairly standard program one may encounter at a pops concert devoted to “movie music”. Nothing could be further from an accurate description of just what has been achieved here. Maestro Mauceri has very effectively assembled cohesive extended suites from Cleopatra (North), The Godfather (Rota), Psycho (Herrmann) and Mutiny on the Bounty (Kaper). This last item is a real treat. Kaper’s score for the 1962 version of this film is magnificent yet sadly under appreciated. Rounding out what must have been a very successful concert are selections by Newman, Waxman, Goldsmith, Morricone and Jarre. Maestro Mauceri conducts with authority and an abiding respect for this material. The LPO responds in kind with a reserve of fervor and nuance. The sound pickup is excellent. The densely orchestrated Kaper emerges with particular clarity and impact. What sound like the original Tahitian vocal tracks are seamlessly incorporated into the mix. Maestro Mauceri’s accompanying essay is mandatory reading for anyone who values this repertoire.