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Sunday, June 04, 2006

CD REVIEW - The European Film Music Collection

The European Film Music Collection
Various Composers & Conductors
Mostly Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Crouch End Festival Chorus
Silva Screen SILCD1207 (U.K.)
CD1 - 15 Tracks 55:05 mins CD2 - 15 Tracks 69:20 mins CD3 - 15 Tracks 71:20 mins CD4 - 15 Tracks 62:22 mins

A wonderful collection of themes and suites from European films, the majority of which have received popular acclaim internationally, mostly faithfully performed by the usual Silva Screen forces and largely drawn from previous recordings on the label, although new recordings of music from Les Choristes, Life is Beautiful and A Very Long Engagement bring things up to date.
You'll find many of your favourites here including Amelie, Cinema Paradiso, Cyrano de Bergerac, Diva, Jean de Florette, Jules et Jim, Last Tango in Paris, A Man and a Woman, Never on Sunday, Once Upon a Time in the West, Il Postino, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Zorba the Greek, plus a generous helping of Nino Rota's music for the Fellini films, as well as less well known entries like Camille Claudel, The Double Life of Veronique, Fort Saganne, Novecento, Providence, Queen Margot, The Red Tent, The Sicilian Clan and I Vitelloni.
At more than 250 minutes of some of the best film music composed away from Hollywood, this release is excellent value for money.


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