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Monsignor
(1982)
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2007 Intrada
2019 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(October 16th, 2007)

Intrada Records
(June 3rd, 2019)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2007 Intrada album was limited to 3,000 pressed copies and initially sold through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20. The expanded, 2019 Intrada album was limited to an unknown quantity and available through those outlets for the same initial price.
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Buy it... if you desire every last, fleeting piece of John Williams majesty from the most memorable time in his career, Monsignor a score of individual melodramatic highlights without a cohesive personality.

Avoid it... if you would be surprised to hear Williams collect a score's components in haste and apply three completely unrelated themes to a terrible film that could have used a dose of the composer's knack for capturing the true spirit of a tale.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,625
WRITTEN 8/12/09, REVISED 2/16/21
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Monsignor: (John Williams) A project destined for ignominious failure, Monsignor was a 1982 adaptation of a 1975 French novel about a corrupt priest at the Vatican whose dealings in love and organized crime force the religious hierarchy to intervene. While such an outrageous view of the Vatican, shot almost entirely in Rome, seemed like an idea perfect for box office-spurring controversy, Monsignor suffered so many ills in its production that it was generally mocked and has since been long forgotten. The most prominent detriment to the film was the insertion of actor Christopher Reeve into the role of the priest, his attempt to shake the Superman label never successful throughout the 1980's and early 1990's. Reducing itself to the level of an average crime story completely incapable of competing with similar themes as those in the franchise of The Godfather, Monsignor could not muster enough genuine dramatic gravity to make audiences care about a priest who already had some significantly alienating personality flaws to begin with. The project also revealed itself to be one of difficulty for composer John Williams, who was otherwise in the midst of the most successful period in his career. His commitments to the Boston Pops and the challenging duo of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi afforded him only six weeks in the summer of 1982 to write and record his score for Monsignor. Perhaps sensing the disaster that awaited the film's final cut (which impressed Twentieth Century Fox so little that the studio moved it from its prime December release slot to an October dumping to clear it out of the system), Williams scratched together a score that seems improvised by his standards. A very short effort considering the extensive length of his surrounding assignments, the Monsignor score was dropped in significant portions in conclusive post-production editing, reducing its placement in the film to less than thirty minutes and marginalizing its already suspect identity. This final usage of music should have come as no surprise, for Williams' score is little more than three hasty themes pasted together in an incongruent whole that has its strong attributes individually but understandably suffers as a whole.


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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2007 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:58
• 1. Theme from Monsignor (3:24)
• 2. Reunion in Italy (1:32)
• 3. Forgotten Vows (4:10)
• 4. The Meeting in Sicily (3:52)
• 5. Audience with the Holy Father (3:40)
• 6. Gloria (5:10)
• 7. Monsignor (2:10)
• 8. Appolini's Decision (3:12)
• 9. Santoni's Compassion (4:57)
• 10. At the Forum (5:15)
2019 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:03

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The inserts of both albums include extensive information about the score and film.
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