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The Godfather Trilogy
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Originally Composed by:
Nino Rota
Carmine Coppola

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Crouch End Festival Courus

Conducted by:
Paul Bateman
David Temple

Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(March 13th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you'd enjoy hearing a strong compilation of re-recorded themes from The Godfather saga, performed with the appropriate melodramatic weight and a satisfying, Sicilian touch.

Avoid it... if nothing but the original recordings of the masterpieces will suffice.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #586
WRITTEN 7/7/03, REVISED 3/18/09
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The Godfather Trilogy: (Compilation) As much as John Williams fans would argue with the claim, no trilogy of film music has had a more significant influence on worldwide audiences than the scores by Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola for the three parts of The Godfather saga (and Rota's music in particular). Rota only lived less than ten years beyond his involvement with the first two films for The Godfather franchise, and he recalled in those late years how astonished he was to hear the love theme from the original film performed on so many street corners as he would travel about his city. Indeed, the themes from Rota's two scores are infamous in such a way that the music has touched a grand array of people beyond the usual realm of film music enthusiasts. It also helps that the first two films are considered among the best of all time, with devoted fans ranging from the saga's own actors to the deposed Saddam Hussein of Iraq. In many ways, the quality of the music for the films is difficult to qualify from an American perspective. Both of Rota's efforts were nominated for Academy Awards, with a rare sequel win for the second score. The producers of the film, at the time of assigning the first score, wanted to avoid both an Americanized sound as well as one that simply conveyed Italian cliches, and they thus hired the classical European composer to provide the convincing Sicilian accent for the series. Director Francis Ford Coppola also hired his own father (who had scored several decent, though not overwhelming films in his lengthy writing career) for additional dance numbers to exist as source music for the film. While Carmine Coppola's material compliments several key scenes in the first two entries, it is Rota's melodramatically thematic music that stands out as the obvious favorite. Coppola's score for the third installment integrated themes from the first two scores and extends the same source sound that identified his contributed music for the first two scores. The choice of Rota for the start of the saga was successful because his work brilliantly played to both the authentic and stereotypical expectations for the series, breathing sonic life into the myth of Sicilian power.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:04
The Godfather:
• 1. The Godfather Waltz - Nino Rota (3:44)
• 2. Love Theme from the Godfather - Nino Rota (2:45)
• 3. Sicilian Pastorale - Nino Rota (1:33)
• 4. The Pick Up - Nino Rota (2:07)
• 5. Tarantella - Carmine Coppola (3:12)
• 6. Mazurka - Carmine Coppola (2:47)
• 7. Finale - Nino Rota (4:00)

The Godfather Part II:
• 8. The Immigrant - Nino Rota (2:48)
• 9. Kay - Nino Rota (2:43)
• 10. Marcia Stilo Italiano - Carmine Coppola (1:53)
• 11. End Title - Nino Rota (4:12)

The Godfather Part III:
• 12. Marcia Religiosa - Carmine Coppola (4:22)
• 13. Marcia Festa - Carmine Coppola (1:38)
• 14. The Immigrant - Love Theme - Nino Rota/Carmine Coppola (2:29)
• 15. Intermezzo - Carmine Coppola (3:22)
• 16. Preludio From Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni (6:11)
• 17. Coda - Finale - Nino Rota (2:04)

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The insert includes detailed notes about the scores and films.
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