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How the West Was Won: Classic Western Film Scores I
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Nic Raine
Paul Bateman
Derek Wadsworth

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(May 21st, 1996)
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Buy it... only if you are a fanatic for some of the specific scores included.

Avoid it... if you're tired of hearing the same scores appearing over and over again on themed compilations, and the two or three exceptions here aren't worth it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,384
WRITTEN 10/31/96, REVISED 7/24/06
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How the West Was Won: Classic Western Film Scores I: (Compilation) The Silva Screen Records label released two Western-themed compilations in 1996 as part of their continued push to become a force in the film music re-recording business. Silva had just begun to contract the City of Prague Philharmonic a few years earlier for these performances of well-known score themes, and during these years of trial & error discovery, the quality of the performances varied significantly. After 2000, the City of Prague Philharmonic rarely produced substandard recordings with abundant blatant mistakes, but the compilations of their renderings in the mid-1990's often require a bit more scrutiny. While many of these recordings would be recycled on other Silva compilations, there were occasional circumstances in which the group would take a second attempt at a piece. Some of the original attempts can still be heard on these compilations of the mid-1990's, and in light of the lengthy history that Silva has had of improving their compilations over the years, keep in mind that these older albums have an inherent disadvantage. This first Western album does feature the usual odd assortment of classic and modern scores. Conducted mostly by Nic Raine, the collection starts with Elmer Bernstein's necessary suite of themes from The Magnificent Seven, featuring the expected enthusiasm that the piece demands. The arrangement and orchestration of Dee Barton's High Plains Drifter is one of the best surprises on the album. Clint Eastwood's preferred music usually falls along the more sparse, stylistic sounds of Ennio Morricone, and Barton's original recording is much the same. But the arrangement here is both expanded and fleshed out for the symphony, and is fascinating and entertaining as such. The same can be said about the suite from Gettysburg, which will be the highlight of the product for many listeners.



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Total Time: 77:59
The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein)
• 1. Themes (5:50)

High Plains Drifter (Dee Barton)
• 2. Theme (4:12)

Gettysburg Suite (Randy Edelman)
• 3. Main Title, Fife and Gun, The Gettysburg Address, Reunion and Finale (15:47)

The Professionals (Maurice Jarre)
• 4. Overture (5:24)

Buffalo Girls (Lee Holdridge)
• 5. Suite (7:29)

The Wild Bunch Suite (Jerry Fielding)
• 6. Train Montage, All Fall Down (12:30)

Wild Rovers (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 7. Bronco Bustin' (2:12)

How the West Was Won Suite (Alfred Newman)
• 8. Prelude (3:20)
• 9. The Land (3:54)
• 10. Cleve and his Mule (2:06)
• 11. Intermezzo (5:17)
• 12. Cheyenne Attack & Aftermath (8:07)
• 13. Finale (1:30)

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The insert includes extensive information about the scores and films.
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