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The Mark of Zorro/The Crimson Pirate
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The Mark of Zorro
The Crimson Pirate
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Conducted by:
Paul Bateman
Nic Raine
Kenneth Alwyn

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic and The Crouch End Festival Chorus

Both Albums Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva America
(September 16th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. releases, but both were difficult to find in stores within a few years of release. They are among the more sparsely distributed of Silva's albums from the era.
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Buy it... if you want a collection of the definitive swashbuckling works of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Miklos Rózsa, and other Golden Age composers.

Avoid it... if you are interested solely in the sparse inclusion of digital era scores on these albums.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #986
WRITTEN 10/16/97, REVISED 6/17/07
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The Mark of Zorro/The Crimson Pirate: (Compilations) The summer of 1997 was the "coming of age" for the Silva Screen label and its compilations of film music recordings with The City of Prague Philharmonic. Among its double-CD sets and the first, very popular "Cinema Choral Classics" album, Silva released a pair of pirate and swashbuckling related compilations later that summer. The two were single CDs sold separately, despite having significant similarities in style. They contain much of the same genre of music, however a slight distinction is made between them; "The Mark of Zorro" is dedicated to "swordsman," so it contains a wealth of the Robin Hood variety. "The Crimson Pirate," on the other hand, is dedicated to "swashbucklers" and is therefore more oriented towards music involving battles on the high seas. Even with these distinctions, though, the contents of the two albums sound much alike. "The Crimson Pirate" contains a louder and more robust collection of overtures and prologues. Many of these bold, brassy themes are infamous for inspiring the genre of music described as "swashbuckling" throughout the years. Generally, the performances by The City of Prague Philharmonic are excellent, however there are some blaring mistakes that sneak through now and again (especially in the brass section). The highlights are brief, but rousing selections from Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Captain Blood and Bernard Herrmann's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. The Korngold suite from The Sea Hawk is perhaps the most associated entry in the genre, if not perhaps a tad overplayed. By comparison, Elmer Bernstein's The Buccaneer is a very enjoyable, far lesser known piece. Of the recently composed tracks, John Debney's Cutthroat Island is pulled from the original recording (so its quality is not up for debate), while John Williams' suite from Hook makes use of the badly arranged concert version of the film's trailer cue. The Monty Python track by John Du Prez will remind of his large-scale sex scene music for A Fish Called Wanda and is an awkward choice for inclusion. Otherwise, the release is a solid listen, and the superior of the two.



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The Mark of Zorro Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:06
The Mark of Zorro: Alfred Newman/Hugo Friedhofer
• 1. Overture: Zorro Theme/Madrid/Lolita/Finale (4:42)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
• 2. Overture: Main Title/Essex's Victory March/Elizabeth Defeat in Ireland/Love Theme/Finale (7:17)

Willow: James Horner
• 3. Willow's Theme (3:55)

The Duelists: Howard Blake
• 4. The Duelists Theme (2:14)
• 5. The Fortune Teller (1:42)
• 6. The Chateau (1:18)
• 7. The Final Duel (2:53)

The Swordsman of Sienna: Mario Nascimbene
• 8. Prelude (3:54)

Robin Hood: Geoffrey Burgon
• 9. Main Titles/Attack on the Castle/Death of Folcanet/The Wedding* (4:56)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Michael Kamen
• 10. Prelude (3:00)

Robin and Marian: John Barry
• 11. Dawn: Morning in the Forest/Attack on Sherwood/The End (7:38)

The Adventures of Robin Hood: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
• 12. Robin Visits Marian/Love Theme (6:26)
• 13. March of the Merry Men/Battle in the Forest (4:05)
* Original soundtrack recording
The Crimson Pirate Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:34

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The insert notes are out of order and a bit lacking compared to other Silva compilations. There's also the regular info (now badly dated) about CD-ROM capabilities.
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