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Arabian Nights (OST) [Soundtrack]

Richard Harvey Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00004SRKQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sultan Shariar's Dream
2. Main Titles
3. The Brothers Feud
4. Scheherazade's Decision
5. Ali Baba In The Treasure Cave
6. Open Sesame/Black Coda
7. Kaslin's Fatal Mistake
8. Coda's Men Search For Ali
9. Vnder Cover Of Darkness/Thieves Sent Tumbling
10. Another Story
11. Bacbac/Death Of A Funny Man
12. Aladdin And The Princess
13. In The Tomb Of The Warriors
14. The Genie Of The Lamp
15. The Storyteller
16. Aladdin's Wish
17. Schazzaman's Army
18. The Heart Of A Princess
19. Aladdin's Perfect Dream/The Illusion Shattered
20. Mustappa's Victory
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Product Description


Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade lives on inevitably, but, thankfully, composer Richard Harvey hasn't chosen to follow suit with the Hallmark studio's need to contemporise these classic tales. Although there is a decidedly romantic style throughout--alongside some ethnic touches for surprise guest stars--there is no attempt to layer with electronics or rhythm tracks. Jason Scott Lee's appearance as Ali Baba brings the most variation to the music, with an instrumental ensemble including qanun, oud, dumbek, darabukka and erhu. These sprinkles of oriental flavour are nicely woven into the Arabic whole, whose principal voice is the unique throaty warblings of Natacha Atlas. In 70 minutes, there are only a few raucous outbursts as violence breaks out (eg, "Schazzanan's Army" or "Under Cover of Darkness/Thieves Sent Tumbling"), which makes for a largely tranquil listening experience. Sequencing 27 cues closely together also avoids a potential disjointedness. As is often the case with the Hallmark series, this music is far more appreciable away from the film's sound mix. --Paul Tonks

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fabulous soundtrack 15 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i bought this cd in the hope of getting some of the ethnic style mucic from the tv program of the same name. i was not disappointed. the arabic/turkish blend of music is fantastic and one track follows the other. although the same rythem is used over and over throughout the cd, different instruments create a viraety that keeps the listner intrested. an example of this is my fave track 2. the main title music and then 15. the storytell, which is basically the same song- but never the less a fab cd and well worth adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack 26 April 2012
By Edster
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Arabian Nights
This is the soundtrack to the Alan Bates film Arabian nights.
Can't improve on this if you are a fan of the movie, or just want something a bit more atmospheric and interesting.
There is an excellent variety of tracks here, obviously following the plot of the movie.

A thoroughly enjoyable listen, and well worth the price. A great job done here by Richard Harvey the composer.

I would buy over again with this one if I had to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem 1 Jan 2011
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Richard Harvey has been around on the film and TV music scene for a long time, but never seems to get the kind of recognition he deserves. Arguably his best known piece is his haunting Elegy, used as the title music for the TV series of P.D. James mysteries featuring her detective Adam Dalgliesh, but this release shows the full extent of Harvey's formidable skills as both composer and orchestrator. Those who warm to film scores such as Miklos Rosza's The Thief of Baghdad and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad or Jerry Goldsmith's score for The Wind and the Lion will love this compendium of well-researched Eastern music and exciting, colourful dramatic underscoring. Superbly played by a London session orchestra, this is a true hidden gem among film scores of the last decade and hopefully its composer will write further substantial scores such as this - he fully deserves to be given the opportunity to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Imagination 8 Sep 2001
By "bananajuice" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am thoroughly pleased with all the tracks in this soundtrack CD. It covers all the main tracks of each of the arabian nights tales in the television series. Naturally therefore it is a blend of the sounds associated with the different tales. Most of the tracks assume middle eastern sounds and some tracks associated with the tale of Aladdin and the magic lamp (tracks 16-20) have oriental sounds akin to sounds in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (although not as haunting and dramatic).Listening to it is like taking a trip to faraway lands on a flying carpet above desserts and magical palaces.The music does fuel the imagination, an effect that I find similar when listening to Loreena McKennitt's Book of Secrets particulary Marco Polo and Night Ride Across the Caucasus or Cusco's Ancient Journeys: A Vision of the New World. Richard Harvey has indeed woven an interesting tapestry of music and sounds with this 27-track album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "mystical & reflective score from the tales of make believe" 17 May 2000
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Varese Sarabande presents a Richard Harvey score - "Arabian Nights", an Original Television Mini-Series telling the tales of the mystical and advenures of various heroes we grew up with. Harvey who gave us such wonderful scores - "Animal Farm" (1999) Original TV Score - "Jake's Progress" (195) TV Mini-Series with Elvis Costello who also co-composed - "G.H.B." (1991) another collaboration with Costello, a British TV Series. Harvey now gives us the romantic, tragic, playful and even reflective moods from his almost classic score. Highly emotional in content with wonderful musical themes interwoven throughout the soundtrack.
Richard Harvey and the people from Varese Sarabande have given us an album that will be greatly enjoyed by any fan of film scores or instrumental music. Each selection is a stand out and beautifully breaths life into each movement of this enchanting musical score. Film score lovers, do not pass this one up - "Arabian Nights" is a triumph!
Total Time: 69:21 on 27 Tracks/ Varese Sarabande - 302 066 141 2 (2000)
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for belly dancers 16 Aug 2007
By Farah - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely beautiful soundtrack and it should be in every belly dancers collection. There are so many songs that can be used in performances and they are all the perfect length running between 2 and 4 minutes. This is a very hard cd to find so get it while you can!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU GUYS 12 Nov 2000
By Johnson Greene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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