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Cinema's Classic Romances
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Kenneth Alwyn
Paul Bateman
Nic Raine

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(March 17th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, though difficult to find in most stores.
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Buy it... if you've typically enjoyed the original scores for film adaptations of William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, and Jane Austen works.

Avoid it... if you expect all of Silva Screen's releases of music recorded in Prague to feature the robust action and adventure performances with which they made their fame in the late 1990's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,034
WRITTEN 2/27/98, REVISED 8/7/07
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Cinema's Classic Romances: (Compilation) In the height of their initial explosion of popularity in 1997 and 1998, the Silva Screen label and the players of The City of Prague Philharmonic quickly gained a positive reputation for their impressively resounding performances of Hollywood's most robust action, adventure, and science fiction scores. Paired with the superior sound quality offered on all of their albums, these massive renditions were among the best film music compilations anywhere on the market at the time. In their second year of full-time activity for Silva, they began to expand from that base of action material and marketed a few albums with softer, more classically-inclined selections. This made sense for Silva, for their compilations --despite being film music based for the most part-- were gaining notice in the classical market, especially in regards to their first "Cinema Choral Classics" album. So, in 1998, Silva emphasized the more romantic side of soundtracks with a distinctly lighter tone in "Cinema Choral Classics II" and a romance-only compilation called "Cinema's Classic Romances." This album, which failed to muster the same enthusiasm from buyers as the label's other genre-based series of releases, combined significant modern themes from films along the William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, and Jane Austen line of thought with a handful of themes from older generations of similar adaptations. These kinds of compilations had, at the time, a longer history of attempted performances by ensembles, especially considering the market for elevator music variants on popular film music themes. These compilations were typically lifeless, drab, uninspiring renditions from second rate, 40-person orchestras.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 75:32
• 1. The English Patient (Gabriel Yared)
   As Far as Florence/Rupert Bear (4:07)

• 2. Much Ado About Nothing (Patrick Doyle)
   Overture (3:48)

• 3. Hamlet (Patrick Doyle)
   Sweets to the Sweet Farewell (5:13)

• 4. Emma (Rachel Portman)
   The Wedding/End Titles (4:18)

• 5. Wuthering Heights (Alfred Newman)
   Cathy's Theme (2:57)

• 6. Romeo and Juliet (Nino Rota)
   Suite (7:43)

• 7. The Last of the Mohicans (Trevor Jones)
   Main Title (3:16)

• 8. Mrs. Dalloway (Ilona Sekacz)
   Main Titles/End Titles (6:44)

• 9. Hamlet (Ennio Morricone)
   Theme (2:39)

• 10. Twelfth Night (Shaun Davey)
   Orsino's Horsemen/The Disguise (4:17)

• 11. Sense and Sensibility (Patrick Doyle)
   Throw the Coins/End Titles (3:01)

• 12. Tess (Philippe Sarde)
   Main Title/Encounter with Angel/Tess (5:45)

• 13. Pride and Prejudice (Carl Davis)
   Main Theme (3:56)

• 14. Little Women (Thomas Newman)
   Under the Umbrella (4:08)

• 15. Far From the Madding Crowd (Richard Rodney Bennett)
   Far From the Madding Crowd/The Storm/Fanny & Troy/Boldwood/Bathsheba and Troy/Finale (13:32)

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The insert notes are in great depth, as per usual for Silva's compilations.
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