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CD Review by Louise Keller

Encompassing the themes of romance, glamour, adventure and fantasy, Beautiful Hollywood touches on them all with a delightful selection of haunting melodies that not only evoke poignant memories from the films, but stand on their own as themes that linger. Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra offer rich, complete orchestrations that compound the emotions.

The composers include some of the best, including Carter Burwell (Rob Roy), Basil Poledouris (Free Willy), Jerry Goldsmith (Forever Young, Rudy, Executive Decision), Mark Isham (A River Runs Through It), Randy Edelman (Gettysburgh), John Williams (Schindler’s List), Alan Silvestri (Forrest Gump, Grumpier Old Men), John Barry (Chaplin), Ennio Morricone (Bugsy, Cinema Paradiso, The Mission), James Horner (Legends of the Fall, Bridges of Madison County), Alan Menken (Pocohontas), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Evita) and Nancy Wilson (Jerry Maguire).

While each theme has its own magic, the transition from one to the next is a smooth one - the tinkering piano that delivers the Forrest Gump theme becomes a forest of violins in the Feather Theme, while Eric Rigler’s Celtic pipes in Rob Roy’s exquisite Robert and Mary build slowly to a sweeping climax before dying away to a simple echo. I especially like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seductive You Must Love Me, from Evita - gentle, yet alluring as the violins lead the brass into a moving conclusion. All the tracks are orchestral, except for one track from The Mission, with a rousing rendition of On Earth as it is in Heaven by the Christ Church Cathedral Chorus and Knox Presbyterian Chorus.

Beautiful Hollywood is an exquisite collection of cinema musical highlights, highlighting romance with an ethereal quality and touches the soul.

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Catalogue Number: CD 80440
Label: Festival
RRP: $29.95
Available: All music outlets


To hear excerpt from Track 6, 'You Must Love Me' from Evita (courtesy Festival Records) - see player at bottom of right column. Press play. (If you have Shockwave - if not, download it from our Contents page)


Recorded in Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio
Produced by Robert Woods

18 tracks, including themes from Forrest Gump, A River Runs Through It, Rob Roy, Jerry Maguire, Legends of the Fall, Evita, The Bridges of Madison County, Pocahontas, The Mission, Free Willy, Forever Young, Cinema Paradiso, Rudy, Chaplin, Grumpier Old Men, Bugsy, Schindler’s List and Gettysburg.


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