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Cinema Choral Classics
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Conducted by:
Nic Raine
David Temple

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus
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Silva Classics
(March 18, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the most powerful compilations of choral film music ever produced for album.

Avoid it... if the overbearing nature of most of the selections on this compilation is too wild and noisy for your taste.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #646
WRITTEN 6/15/97, REVISED 6/17/07
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Cinema Choral Classics: (Compilation) By 1997, Silva Screen Records' compilations featuring The City of Prague Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus had begun offering some of the very best film music performances available on the market. The orchestra had been assembled from various others in the region, and the Czech players had become familiar enough with their British conductors and producers that their work often flowed without flaw. While they had been pumping out compilations of score music for several years, the "Cinema Choral Classics" albums quickly became their most successful offerings. A massive financial success, this first album would spawn a sequel the next year, and eventually a third entry many years later. There are three sins involved with any film music re-recording, and you often find compilations committing one or more of those sins. They are, in no order: lack of orchestra size, lack of choral accompaniment when the original recording featured one, and poor recording quality. It's not often that a label and performing group avoids all of these sins, but Silva has done just that over the past ten years with their magnificent compilations. When the ensemble is large, the chorus is even larger, and the sound quality is in at least Dolby Surround quality, you can forgive even the occasional performance mistake or questionable adaptation, both of which are inevitable in any compilation. The City of Prague Philharmonic had drastically reduced their mistakes in recordings by 1997, and the adaptations were often as loyal to the originals as possible (in some cases, as with Nic Raine's conducting of John Barry's work, the re-recordings are often superior).



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 71:33
• 1. Excalibur: O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana) - Carl Orff (2:47)
• 2. Jesus of Nazareth: Prelude & Birth of Christ - Maurice Jarre (4:09)
• 3. The Scarlet Letter: Agnus Dei (based on Adagio for Strings) - Samuel Barber (6:14)
• 4. First Knight: Never Surrender - Jerry Goldsmith (5:28)
• 5. The Abyss: Suite - Alan Silvestri (5:11)
• 6. King of Kings: The Lord's Prayer - Miklos Rosza (2:45)
• 7. Conan the Barbarian: Riders of Doom - Basil Poledouris (6:05)
• 8. The Mission: Ave Maria (Guarini) - Ennio Morricone (2:34)
• 9. The Mission: On Earth As It Is in Heaven - Ennio Morricone (3:31)
• 10. The Lion in Winter: Suite - John Barry (8:15)
• 11. 1492: Conquest of Paradise: Conquest of Paradise - Vangelis (5:06)
• 12. The Vikings: Funeral & Finale - Mario Nascimbene (3:34)
• 13. The Omen: Suite - Jerry Goldsmith (11:53)
• 14. Henry V: Non Nobis Domine - Patrick Doyle (3:50)

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The insert notes are in great depth, with lyrics listed for appropriate tracks.
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