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engmus-f1005-6 Cinema Serenade

(Includes 1 Morricone's music)


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A brief about the album
Itzhak Perlman is a versatile classical violin virtuoso in the world. John William is an Oscar five time winning composer for film music and also a populated conductor for orchestra music in the classical world. William is conducting for Pittsburgh Symphony in CINEMA SERENADE
Many of you may have known Perlman and William well. Maybe I can say few more words for the PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY. Pittsburgh Symphony is a world famous orchestra who has made hundreds of critically acclaimed discs under various big name labels like, CBS, Philips, Sony Classical, Telarc, etc. The Orchestra, with Lorin Maazel conducting and Yo-Yo Ma, won a 1992 Grammy award for a Sony Classical disc featuring works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

If so, in CINEMA SERENADE the three have formed up an undefeatable music army force assured for best quality performance. Sony Classical label is also widely recognized for its good and reliable quality at recording and music production. What could go wrong? Let's look into the music pieces selected for this album
I’ve always been a lover of classical music. “Classical music? Boring,” most may say. However, it’s unfair to judge classical music as a whole when there is so much great classical music available.

There is a great discussion going on over at about which songs catch the non-classical music listener’s ear. When my friends ask me for music suggestions to introduce them to classical music, I’ll automatically point to Cinema Serenade.

In Cinema Serenade, John Williams joins forces with Itzhak Perlman to create a collection of emotional and exquisitely beautiful renditions of timeless film scores. These are pieces that you listen to with closed eyes and a sentimental heart. These are pieces range from romantic and schmaltzy to mournful and bleak. What’s great about this music is that, without words, it leaves the interpretation completely up to you. Cinema Paradiso could be about a painful heartbreak or a joyous feeling of accomplishment.

John Williams and Itzhak Perlman work together in a seamless fashion, transcribing the music perfectly. Soaring melodies and countermelodies dominate these pieces, making the music a very emotional experience.

Cinema Serenade has always ranked high on my list of most played songs and I highly recommend it to any music lover, classical or not. Listen to some of the samples in iTMS and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.

On this disc of themes and songs from famous movies, the playing's the thing that beguiles ear and heart. The music varies in quality, but it captures the national and emotional flavor of the films, sometimes aided, sometimes overwhelmed by the orchestration. André Previn's and John Williams's compositions and arrangements stand out. Except for one lively Irish dance, the basic mood is wistful, nostalgic, melancholy, and always sentimental, but Perlman can turn pure corn into pure gold. His tone is ravishingly, exquisitely beautiful. Focused and intense, it sings, shimmers, and glows, soaring into the highest register with radiant ecstasy. Equally remarkably, he brings no less seriousness, care, and expressiveness to this music than to his customary repertoire, yet projects a sense of having a wonderful time. The arrangements, especially those by Williams, seem tailor-made to his strengths, giving him plenty of chances to display his virtuosity, flair, gypsy abandon, improvisatory freedom, and infinite charm, and he uses them to the hilt. Listeners familiar with the films may find their favorite tunes freshly illuminated; the uninitiated could not wish for a more persuasive introduction to the style. (by Edith Eisler)

1. The Color Purple: Main Title
2. Scent Of A Woman: Tango (Por Una Cabeza)
3. Yentl: Papa, Can You Hear Me?
4. Il Postino: Theme
5. The Age Of Innocence: Theme
6. Far And Away: Theme
7. The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg: I Will Wait For You
8. Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse: Theme
9. Sabrina: Theme
10. Out Of Africa: Main Title
11. Black Orpheus: Manha De Carnaval
12. Schindler's List: Theme
13. Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme

More 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Cinema Serenade

WMA Listen
Main Title from The Color Purple
Tango (Por Una Cabeza) from Scent of a Woman
Papa, Can You Hear Me? from Yentl
Theme from Il Postino
Theme from the Age of Innocence
Theme from Far and Away
I Will Wait for You from the Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Theme from Four Horsemen of the Apolcalypse
Theme from Sabrina
I Had a Farm in Africa (Main Title from Out of Africa)
Manha de Carnaval (Morning of the Carnival)-from Black Orpheus
Theme from Schindler's List
Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso (Morricone's music)


A lot of people believe that I began with the cinema, and then started to write "absolute music"; it is not true. I began with writing "absolute music", and then I worked for the cinema because some directors called to me. I made experiences of arrangements for the radio, the television, the theatre... Therefore, I became known and was called for the cinema.For the film The Mission, Roland Joffé wanted eclectic music...The film story is true: it happened in the 18th century, in a period, musically, of a renewal of the instrumental music. This music is brought by a priest, playing oboe, in South America. He brings not only the instrumental music, with his oboe, but the rules of the Trento's council (1), dating from the end of the 16th century. It established some rules to put some order in the liturgical music, for which Palestrina (2) is the main responsible.Here are the two roots of the occidental music, put in the film The Mission: the liturgical music rules and the instrumental music. A third element added is the ethnic music, from the Guaranis.       
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