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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Nick Ingram

Vocals by:
Russell Watson
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Decca Records
(August 7th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are only a collector of restrained classical film scores for the arthouse variety of film.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to address either the gravity of war or whimsy of romance with anything more than mechanical, ethnic and symphonic efficiency.
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WRITTEN 7/23/01, REVISED 1/31/09
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin: (Stephen Warbeck) A rare story of World War II occupation from the perspective of the Greeks, Captain Corelli's Mandolin explores the evolving relationship between the Greeks of the island of Cephalonia and their German and Italian occupiers. As the Greeks and Italians accept each other, one of the Italian officers falls in love with a local woman who is already to be wed to a local man who has headed off to fight in the war himself. That developing relationship is aided by the fact that the Italian officer writes music on his mandolin, including a love song that plays an important role in the film. The film is yet another historical epic to use music as an integral part of the narrative, this time in a romantic application. Working together once again, composer Stephen Warbeck and director John Madden, who were awarded Academy Awards for film and score for 1998's Shakespeare in Love, set out on a rather unusual course of action when planning the production of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The film adaptation of Louis de Bernieres' novel had been a long time in the making, and it is one of the rare cases in which the score for a film was conceived before primary shooting even began. Madden and Warbeck had arrived at the point in their work together where both were directly and equally involved in the final vision of the production. All of the music in the story of Captain Corelli's Mandolin is pivotal, and not just that of the mandolin itself; the story also includes quite a bit of dancing to guitars and the likes in addition to operatic vocals. As such, Madden decided to unleash Warbeck on the composition of the primary themes of the score first so that the editing and cinematography would correspond with the music, and not vice versa. One noteworthy aspect of the production was the fact that Warbeck's main mandolin piece had to be composed in time for actor Nicolas Cage (in the title role) to learn and perform it on screen. If only for study, the film was an interesting view for film score fans to witness how the "music first, filming later" technique worked.

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dance music
john - August 13, 2006, at 9:56 p.m.
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antonio corelli plays to iannis and pelagia
delyth - July 5, 2005, at 4:42 a.m.
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John Philip - May 16, 2004, at 1:15 a.m.
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Corelli's mandoline-score
Leo van rutte - November 2, 2003, at 12:46 p.m.
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Total Time: 60:21
• 1. Pelagia's Song (4:11)
• 2. The Recruiting Officer (1:30)
• 3. To Albania (2:03)
• 4. Horgota Beach (1:50)
• 5. Albania (2:11)
• 6. The Arrival of the Italians (2:36)
• 7. La Scala Songs: La Donna e Mobile/Lilli Marlene (traditional) (3:08)
• 8. The Tango (2:14)
• 9. Santa Lucia (traditional) (3:24)
• 10. The Mandolin (1:50)
• 11. After the Dance (2:17)
• 12. Agii Fanentes (1:35)
• 13. Lemoni (1:25)
• 14. The Guitar (1:45)
• 15. Surrender (2:16)
• 16. On the Jetty (2:09)
• 17. The Battle (3:03)
• 18. Senza di Te - performed by Russell Watson (3:01)
• 19. Escape from the Island (1:45)
• 20. The Aftermath (6:47)
• 21. Iannis' Letter (1:37)
• 22. Ricordo Ancor (Pelagia's Song) - performed by Russell Watson (3:47)
• 23. Reunion (3:46)

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The product is an "Enhanced CD," automatically loading a music video for "Pelagia's Song" on computers not set to squash such misbehavior. The insert includes extensive credits and artwork, as well as notes from director John Madden and the composer. Warbeck's note is as follows:

    "The world of the novel and later, images from the film, and the island of Cephallonia itself, all provided inspiration for the composition of this score. The music was written over a period of a year, beginning with "Pelagia's Song", the mandolin tune Antonio writes for Pelagia, which became a central theme in the film. Because music is so fundamental to this story, it was an intrinsic element of the shoot: from the mandolin scenes with Nicolas Cage, through the numerous dancing sequences, to La Scala and their ebullient opera society.

    We recorded some of the orchestral pieces shortly after filming was completed, which meant we were able to use thematic material during the editing process, thus enriching the final blend of music and image. The orchestra we used had at its core a group of players who were involved with the film throughout: Giovanni Parricelli, Dario Rosetti-Bonell, Eddie Hession and Alison Stevens, all provided us with wonderful continuity.

    Thanks must go to Paul Englishby for training La Scala and, along with Giovanni, for helping to coach Nicolas Cage, who learnt to play the mandolin especially for this film. I would also like to thank Nick Ingman and all the musicians involved for their invaluable contribution to this project and to add that collaborating once again with John Madden made this score a pleasure to compose."
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