The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Epics: The History of the World According to Hollywood (4-CD Box Set)

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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Silva America

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.One Million Years B.C., film score: Suite from the film score - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.992.Ten Commandments, film score: Suite - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.993.Alexander, film score: Across the Mountains - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.994.Sodom & Gomorrah, film score: Overture - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.995.300 Spartans, film score: March of the Spartans, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.996.Troy, film score: Remember - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.997.Alexander, film score: Eternal Alexander - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.998.Quo Vadis, film score: Ave Caesar - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.999.Robe, film score: Prelude / Love Theme, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Demetrius and the Gladiators, film score: Opening Titles / Finale - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Cleopatra, film score: Caesar and Cleopatra - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Antony and Cleopatra, film score: Suite - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Gladiator, film score: Suite - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Gladiator, film score: Now We Are Free

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.Masada, television miniseries score: Main Themes
  • Buy for $0.992.Spartacus, film score: Main Title
  • Buy for $0.993.Spartacus, film score: Love Theme
  • Buy for $0.994.The Fall of the Roman Empire, film score: Pax Romana
  • Buy for $0.995.The Fall of the Roman Empire, film score: Overture
  • Buy for $0.996.Greatest Story Ever Told, film score: The Great Journey, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.997.Jesus of Nazareth, television film score: Suite - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.998.Ben-Hur, film score: Parade of the Charioteers - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.999.Ben-Hur, film score: Love Theme - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Silver Chalice, film score: Prelude, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9911.The Passion of Christ, film score: Ressurection
  • Buy for $0.9912.The War Lord, film score: Prelude
  • Buy for $0.9913.Cid, film score: Love Theme, El - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Cid, film score: Overture, El - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 15.Vikings, film score: Suite. Ragnar Returns / Love Scene / Dancing on the Oars / Funeral and Finale, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Flesh and Blood, film score: Prelude - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.992.Last Valley, film score: Main Title & Finale, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.993.Prince Valiant, film score: Prelude - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.994.Taras Bulba, film score: The Ride to Dubno - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.995.Sea Hawk, film score: Suite, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.996.Crimson Pirate, film score: Suite, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.997.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, film score: Suite - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.998.Captain Blood, film score: Main Title - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.999.Lion in Winter, film score: Main Title / Eleanor's Arrival / We're All Jungle Creatures, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Henry V (1989), film score: Prelude / O for a Muse of Fire - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Henry V, film score: Overture: The Globe - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Mary Queen of Scots, film score: Main Theme - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, film score: Suite, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna (as used in the film Excalibur) - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.992.First Knight, film score: Arthur's Fanfare / No Surrender - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.993.Adventures of Robin Hood, film score: March of the Merry Men, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.994.Braveheart, film score: End Credits - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.995.Mutiny on the Bounty, film score (1962): Overture - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.996.1492: Conquest of Paradise, film score: Main Theme - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.997.Captain from Castile, film score: Conquest - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.998.Mission, film score: Suite: The Mission / Gabriel's Oboe / On Earth as it is in Heaven, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.999.Alamo, film score: Overture, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Charge of the Light Brigade, film score: Forward the Light Brigade, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Lawrence of Arabia, film score: Overture - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Zulu, film score: Main Theme - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Last Samurai, film score: The Last Samurai, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Exodus, film score: Overture - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)

Product Description:

Personnel: Bronagh Mullan (vocals); Lenka Pecharova (soprano).
Recording information: Barrandov Studios - Smecky Soundstage, Prague ; Whitfie.
Editor: Gareth Williams.
Arrangers: William Walton ; Steven R. Bernstein; Elmer Bernstein ; Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Franz Waxman ; Gareth Williams; Lawrence Ashmore; Christopher Tin; Mark McGurty; James Horner; Jerry Goldsmith; John Debney; Alex North; Mike Townend; Arthur Freed; Basil Poledouris; Philip Lane; Carl Orff; Nic Raine; Mikl¢s R¢zsa ; Max Steiner ; Christopher Palmer.
Reynold DaSilva's Silva Screen Records has built up quite a library of music by having the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (which presumably works cheaper than a name orchestra from Western Europe or the U.S. would) create new recordings of film scores, enabling the label to then recycle the material into thematic compilations such as this one devoted to music from "epic" motion pictures. The subtitle, "The History of the World According to Hollywood," calls to mind the books and History Channel shows devoted to examining how historical movies differ from history as historians know it. But no such analysis is attempted here. (In fact, there are no liner notes.) Instead, the idea is to present music from big-budget movies about the past, in roughly chronological order, that is, chronological order of history itself, not the movies, so that the first track on the first disc is a suite from Mario Nascimbene's score for the 1966 film One Million Years B.C., best remembered for Raquel Welch cavorting in a furry bikini, and the last track on the fourth disc, arriving more than four-and-three-quarters-hours later, is Ernest Gold's overture from the 1960 film Exodus, a dramatization of the struggles leading to the establishment of Israel in the mid-20th century. In between, as subheads helpfully note, we get music associated with films depicting "The Ancient World" (quite a few of those), "The Fall of Rome," "Biblical Epics," "Medieval Europe," "Pirates & Swashbucklers" (how did they get in here?), "Kings & Queens," "Heroes," "The New Worlds," and "The British Empire/The Orient." This organization makes sense only on paper, of course. On disc, the collection mixes up scores written between 1935 (Erich Wolfgang Korngold's main title from Captain Blood) and 2004 (Vangelis' "Across the Mountains" and "Eternal Alexander" from Alexander, James Horner's "Remember" from Troy, John Debney's "Resurrection" from The Passion of the Christ), which means the music was written for epics of very different kinds. As a general statement, epics tend to bring out big orchestral effects from composers: grand themes, martial rhythms, and choruses wordlessly emoting or singing in Latin. (Either the Prague's chorus or the Crouch End Festival Chorus obliges where necessary.) But especially the more recent works by composers such as Horner and Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Last Samurai) can be more subtle. Perhaps appropriately, this epical music is all over the map.

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