terça-feira, 27 de março de 2012

Henry Mancini - Romantic Movie Themes

  1. Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet (1968)
  2. Breakfast At Tiffany's (featuring James Galway) (1961)
  3. Cinema Paradiso (Theme) (1988)
  4. The Thorn Birds Theme (featuring James Galway) (1984)
  5. The Godfather Theme (1972)
  6. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  7. (Theme From) Love Story (1984)
  8. Misty (1971)
  9. The Windmills Of Your Mind (1968)
  10. (Love Theme From) The Adventurers (1970)
  11. Evergreen (1977)
  12. The Shadow Of Your Smile (1965)
  13. Medley: Days Of Wine And Roses / Moon River / Charade / Cameo For Flute (featuring James Galway) (1979)
  14. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (1970)
  15. Secret Love (1978)
  16. Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
  17. The Sweetheart Tree (1965)
  18. The Mission / Gabriel's Oboe (1986)
  19. As Time Goes By (1970)
Romantic Movie

Henry Mancini started out as a child prodigy capable of playing several instruments, and went on to become one of the most respected film and television composers ever to raise a baton.

As a teenage music student, Mancini was heavily influenced by the sound of the big dance bands. Following military service in World War II, he worked as a pianist and arranger for the Glenn Miller Band, an experience which would prove fortuitous.

In the late 1940's Mancini embarked on his film career. In 1954 he was appointed to write and arrange the score for The Glenn Miller Story and in 1956 The Benny Goodman Story. Mancini made good use of his big band experience.

His compositional work for films continued to gain greater success and momentum, and in 1961 his score for Breakfast At Tiffany's, which featured the magnificent Moon River, achieved an Oscar award, followed by another Oscar award a year later for Days Of Wine And Roses.

While Mancini went on to gain huge commercial popularity with theme's such as The Pink Panther, Peter Gunn and The Baby Elephant Walk, this collection concentrates on the 'romantic' film themes that Mancini has arranged and recorded in a lavish yet always sensitive style. We feature not only some of Mancini's own scores but also his caring interpretations of film works by other major composers, film such as Nino Rota's Romeo & Juliet and The Godfather; John Barry's Midnight Cowboy; and Francis Lai's Love Story. A special highlight of this set is Mancini's loving treatment of the work of Ennio with whom he had a special affinity. This can be heard here in his superb arrangements of Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon A Time In America and The Mission.

A special mention must be made of Mancini's good friend, the Irish flautist James Galway, who features on three tracks in this collection: The Thorn Birds Theme, Breakfast At Tiffany's and a lovely medley of Days Of Wine And Roses, Moon River & Charade.

So the stage is set for you to enjoy this small tribute to a great pianist and arranger, a musician whose sensitivity and panache would always shine through whether in his own original compositions or the works of others which he would always make his very own...Henry Mancini.

(From the original liner notes)

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