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Re: Are the City of Prague Philharmonic concert albums any good?
• Posted by: ArborArcanist   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 10:28 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Are the City of Prague Philharmonic concer... (JBlough)

> Very few of their recordings have been concert albums; it's possible that
> none of the Spotify albums are.

> Most are anthology rerecordings - and they've been packaged and repackaged
> in various arrangements over the decades, making the 'do I have this track
> yet?' game a bit challenging.


> And of course they're the orchestra for Prometheus / Tadlow score
> rerecordings, plus earlier Silva efforts.

> The quality is a bit variable, especially in the early years (though I
> don't see any of the 'meh' ones on Spotify right now), but there are still
> lots of goodies.

> I do find it funny that the labels have seen fit to put nearly every album
> release on here - meaning that some individual tracks are represented 4+
> times.

> Individual scores I see on Spotify that I can highly recommend
> - Raise the Titanic

> - The Lion in Winter

> - Romeo & Juliet (Rota's)

> - El Cid

> - Zulu (which came with other Barry recordings in 1999)

> - Lawrence of Arabia

> Collections - as originally released
> - Both Jerome Moross releases

> - The 2CD Herrmann release (branded Citizen Kane in 1999; has been
> reissued at least once)

> - The Space and Beyond trilogy (not every track is available)

> - The Man of Galilee Alfred Newman release

> - Symphonic Fellini / Rota

> Some of the later aggregations are solid listening experiences if you
> don't mind some redundancy / repeated recordings
> - The 4CD Goldsmith box, John Barry: The Collection (which includes much
> but not all of the aforementioned Zulu), The Essential Elmer Bernstein,
> the Tiomkin set, 40 Years of John Williams...each may have had a few new
> tracks

> - The Magnificent Westerns (weirdly organized in alphabetical order on
> Spotify which is NOT how it was on the box), which groups most but not all
> of the recordings released on True Grit: Music from the Classic Films of
> John Wayne, The Wild West, Way Out West, and other earlier albums

> - Epics (similar to the Westerns)

> - Gone With The Wind: The Essential Max Steiner (combined two prior
> Steiner-focused albums, neither of which seems to be on Spotify including
> the one issued on the now defunct Scannan Film Classics label, plus a few
> new tracks)

> The LOTR & Hobbit ones I'm weirdly indifferent to. I can't speak to
> the Indy or Potter ones, or any of the Star Wars prequel recordings.

> I believe all of the Film Music Masters albums are pure reissues - but it
> is also possible that some of their earlier albums aren't represented on
> streaming services.

Very thorough, haha

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