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The Greatest Cinema Choral Classics by Crouch End Festival Chorus & The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

The Greatest Cinema Choral Classics by Crouch End Festival Chorus & The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Review

Reynold da Silva’s Silva Screen Records specializes in re-recordings of the scores of films, usually using the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and, when choral parts are called for, Britain’s Crouch End Festival Chorus. Silva Screen then packages and repackages the results in a variety of forms, including collections organized by composer or by some theme. Da Silva’s concept for this particular compilation is simple: he has singled out a group of choral pieces, drawn from music written for or used in a wide range of films from Alfred Newman and Ken Darby’s “Prelude” to How the West Was Won (1962) to Richard Harvey’s “Kyrie for the Magdelene” from The Da Vinci Code (2006). At least from the selections here, it seems that when film composers write for choruses, for the most part they have one of two ideas in mind. Adapting their music from traditional choral styles, they are usually going for something inspiring, if not downright quasi-religious, in tone, or they are trying to scare the bejesus out of moviegoers. In the former category, a good example is Ennio Morricone’s “On Earth as It Is in Heaven” from The…




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