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Charlie Chaplin: The Essential Film Music Collection


Download links and information about Charlie Chaplin: The Essential Film Music Collection by Carl Davis, The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 02:31:21 minutes.

Artist: Carl Davis, The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Release date: 2006
Genre: Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 26
Duration: 02:31:21
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No. Title Length
1. The Reel Chaplin: A Symphonic Adventure, Pt. 1 (A Woman of Paris, The Kid, The Chaplin Revue, Sunnyside, The Gentleman Tramp, Limelight 12:45
2. The Kid: Suite 8:45
3. Pay Day 4:21
4. The Gold Rush 4:22
5. The Circus 6:15
6. City Lights 5:15
7. Modern Times 3:51
8. The Great Dictator 5:39
9. Monsieur Verdoux: Paris Boulevard 2:15
10. Monsieur Verdoux: Bitter Tango 2:51
11. A King In New York: Mandolin Serenade 3:47
12. A King In New York: Weeping Willow 1:48
13. A Countess From Hong Kong 6:40
14. The Reel Chaplin: A Symphonic Adventure, Pt. 2 (The Chaplin Revue, Modern Times, Including 'Smile!') 6:05
15. The Floorwalker 3:31
16. The Fireman 4:53
17. The Vagabond 5:42
18. One A.M. 6:27
19. The Count 3:37
20. The Pawnshop 8:27
21. Behind The Screen 6:29
22. The Rink 7:47
23. Easy Street 6:52
24. The Cure 7:29
25. The Immigrant 8:56
26. The Adventurer 6:32



The Essential Film Music Collection is both a retrospective of Charlie Chaplin's own scores and those written by Carl Davis for earlier Mutual Film Corporation productions that Chaplin did not score because he couldn't secure the uncontested rights to them. Sometimes Chaplin's music conflicts a little with what's onscreen, particularly in cases where he scores a film that seemed very old to him, as he was attempting to supply music for it some 50 or 60 years after it was made. He didn't regard some of his own films very highly, or simply didn't remember well, and the result is that some of his music is anachronistic or merely uncertain in its purpose. Even in such cases, on its own terms Chaplin's film music is always excellent, rich with quotations of familiar tunes, ragtime figures, and echoes of the English music hall that was an important part of his artistic heritage. Many scores have been written for the Mutual films; The Rink is one of the most frequently scored films in history, and sadly, not always with success. Although he focuses more on onscreen action than was Chaplin's own usual practice, Davis is familiar with Chaplin's own preferences and practices, and produced scores for Chaplin's 12-film Mutual cycle that are in his style but fit the films to a T. Davis leads the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, but it doesn't appear to be the full band, as little more than a theater orchestra was usually called for in most cases, and the Wihan Quartet joins in for passages that clearly only require a chamber group. The Chaplin disc is bookended by two suites collecting various cues and entitled "The Reel Chaplin"; taken together they last about 20 minutes. The rest is made up of single cues or smaller suites, and the result is a very fast-moving collection that never drags. The Davis disc consists of suites from all 12 Mutual productions, averaging about seven minutes each. Like most original recordings from Silva Screen, the sound quality is great. If your taste runs mainly to serious, challenging, and exploratory music, this might not be for you — it is sweet, sentimental, and heady with the vernacular of a time gone by. For everyone else, few recordings released in 2006 will prove as easy to listen to and enjoy as The Essential Film Music Collection.