Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores

Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores


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Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores actually covers a little less than 60 years of film music, but who's counting -- they were 60 good years. Presented primarily in chronological order (the first and last tracks are the exceptions), this disc presents both original soundtrack recordings and some re-recordings of music -- mostly main and end titles -- representing Paramount's film legacy. In so doing, the disc manages to highlight many of Hollywood's pre-eminent composers as well as present a sort of capsule overview of the changes in film music styles over the years. Starting with straight orchestral masterworks of the '40s and '50s (from composers such as Miklos Rozsa and Elmer Bernstein), the disc then moves to Henry Mancini's early-'60s pop sound with his "Moon River" and "Baby Elephant Walk." The late '60s and early '70s represented a time of great diversity in film and film music, here encapsulated in the syrupy strains of Love Story, immediately followed by the sublime "Waltz" and "Love Theme" from The Godfather. Jerry Goldsmith's triumphant Star Trek: The Motion Picture fanfare and John Williams' unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark usher in the post-Star Wars blockbuster sound. Synthesizer-based, pop-influenced music, such as "Axel F." from Beverly Hills Cop, threatened to take over film soundtracks in the mid-'80s, while Maurice Jarre brought an orchestral sensibility to the all-electronic score in his brilliant "Building the Barn" from Witness. By the '90s, symphonic sounds, rock rhythms, and synthesizers began to blend, while composers utilized a full palette to really open up their orchestrations. This disc covers a lot of ground, with the penultimate track from Jerry Goldsmith's score to The Sum of All Fears bringing it all together. His use of vocals with unique instrumentation amidst traditional brass and strings provide a glimpse at the power still inherent in the best film music. From the opening strains of John Williams' powerful "Hymn to the Fallen" to Mark Mothersbaugh's delightful "Baby Shower Happenings," this is an interesting and insightful collection. Some of the tracks aren't as "memorable" as Paramount's marketing department might want you to believe (the inclusion of music from Tomb Raider seems particularly gratuitous) and all of the music here has been previously available elsewhere, but as a sampler and a study of the development of film music as an art form, it's not bad at all.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998773622
catalogNumber: 87736
Rank: 54220

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Mancini   Conductor
Elmer Bernstein   Conductor
Jerry Goldsmith   Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
John Williams [composer]   Conductor
Artie Kane   Conductor
Boston Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
James Horner   Conductor
Leonard Slatkin   Conductor
John Barry   Conductor
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet,Horn
Carmine Coppola   Conductor
Dave Grusin   Track Performer
Harold Faltermeyer   Track Performer
Dick Hazard   Conductor
Hummie Mann   Conductor
Joel McNeely   Conductor
Harry Rabinowitz   Conductor
Alan Silvestri   Conductor
Shirley Walker   Conductor
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
William Kraft   Conductor
Allan Wilson   Conductor
Carlo Savina   Conductor
Royal Scottish National Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tim Morrison   Trumpet
Tanglewood Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
London Metropolitan Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
James Sedares   Conductor
Thomas Rolfs   Trumpet
Timothy Morrison   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Maurice Jarre   Producer
Mark Isham   Producer
Jerry Goldsmith   Lyricist,Producer
Danny Elfman   Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh   Producer
James Newton Howard   Producer
John Williams [composer]   Producer
Giorgio Moroder   Producer
Gabriel Yared   Producer
James Horner   Producer
John Barry   Producer
Graeme Revell   Producer
Bob Casale   Producer
Michael Convertino   Producer
Dave Grusin   Producer
Harold Faltermeyer   Producer
Michael Gore   Producer
Ennio Morricone   Producer
Marc Shaiman   Producer
Alan Silvestri   Producer
Hans Zimmer   Producer
Burt Berman   Liner Notes
Walter Murch   Producer
Anthony Minghella   Producer
Paul Williams   Lyricist

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