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A Room with a View/ Howards End/ Maurice Soundtrack, Box set

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Disc: 1
1. A Room With A View: O Mio Babbino Caro (from Gianni Seicchi by Puccini) - Kiri Te Kanawa
2. A Room With A View: The Pensione Bertollini - London PO/Sir John Pritchard
3. A Room With A View: Lucy, Charlotte And Miss Lavish See The City - London PO/Sir John Pritchard
4. A Room With A View: In The Piazza Signoria - London PO/Sir John Pritchard
5. A Room With A View: The Embankment - London PO/Sir John Pritchard
6. A Room With A View: Phaeton And Persephone - London PO/Sir John Pritchard
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Disc: 2
1. Maurice: Opening Credits - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
2. Maurice: At The Pianola - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
3. Maurice: Two Letters - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
4. Maurice: In Greece/The Wedding - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
5. Maurice: Allegrie-'Miserere' - King's College Choir, Cambridge/David Willcocks
6. Maurice: Pendersleigh In Gloom - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
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Disc: 3
1. Howard's End: Main Title-Howards End - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
2. Howard's End: Helen And Paul Call It Off - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
3. Howard's End: Music And Meaning - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
4. Howard's End: The Basts/Spring Landscape - Orch/Harry Rabinowtiz
5. Howard's End: Tango At Simpson's...Strand - Teddy Pedro's Tango Group
6. Howard's End: An Unexpected Proposal - Orch/Harry Rabinowitz
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
~EXQUISITE~ 7 Dec. 1999
By Thomas R Patchen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Richard Robbins provides one of the most important ingredients to any Merchant/Ivory production: luscious, haunting, melancholy music. Robbins' extraordinary ability to compose music which so compliments the drama is a rare gift. I was thrilled when I came across this CD set while browsing and it does not disappoint. Whether you are a fan of the novels of EM Forster or the film adaptations by Merchant/Ivory - or just someone who loves beautiful music - this is a wonderful gift for yourself.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, touching, wonderful!!! 29 Mar. 1999
By Beth (agentbeth@aol.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have loved the music while watching the films. And I have been on a mad chase the last couple of years to find any copies on CD of "A Room With A View" and "Maurice" to no avail (it had been to long.) But to have them both released together and with "Howards End" as well, I was ecstatic!! Maurice is my favorite, but they are all very good. And if you are fans of the films, you might be suprised how much the music contributed to these wonderful films. And yes, I am a confessed E. M. Forster fan and I think the combo. of Merchant, Ivory and Robbins couldn't be more perfect.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Richard Robbins is a highly underrated composer 22 Aug. 2000
By "dalianny" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Before I set out to write my own remarks of this spectacular collection, I read through the other reviews and realized that "tdewey" hit the nail on the head precisely. MAURICE prevails as the best of the three, especially with its haunting choral track (#5) and the opening theme that reverberates with emotion. As for A ROOM WITH A VIEW, track #2 is a magnificent orchestral rendition of track #1. In fact, it is a variation that epitomizes Robbins's ability to take something that is already terribly beautiful and turn it into something twice as powerful and mesmerizing.
There are few truly original composers alive today. Ryuichi Sakamoto is one. Angelo Badalamenti is another. Robbins has earned his rightful place among them.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very deep and moving music 29 Dec. 2002
By Ruben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
La musica di Robbins è assolutamente indimenticabile per la capacita di scendere nel profondo dell'animo; cosi intima e commovente sottolinea, anche con poche note, ogni stato d'animo, con estrema eleganza.
Maurice è un capolavoroassoluto; A Room with A Wiew, descrive grazie agli adattamenti da Puccini, l'amore sereno, mentre Howard Ends,emozioni più drammatiche e dolenti!! Comunque una splendida e preziosa raccolta, degno omaggio per un superbo compositore!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent Movie Music 23 Mar. 2008
By MusicMad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
More and more I find myself drawn to movie soundtracks. This box set of the soundtracks from the three Merchant Ivory adaptations of E. M. Forster is a feast of mood and color. Of the three movies, "A Room with a View" is the film that got me hooked on Merchant Ivory and any actor involved in any of their films. (It also got me hooked on E. M. Forster novels!) Richard Robbins consistently finds the right piece for the right event, and he borrows liberally from other composers for dramatic effectiveness. "Room" uses Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi" to wonderful effect to evoke Florence (The opera is a comedy that takes place in rennaissance Florence), and moves to the big aria from "La Rondine" for the fateful kiss (The Italian text, all about love's first kiss, is so appropriate here. The final lines: "Oh golden dream! To be able to love like that!") "Maurice" borrows liberally from Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony (for the pianola, and for essential reprises), a gay composer for a gay romance. "Howards End" borrows in spots from two composers: Beethoven (the scherzo from the Fifth Symphony) and the piano music of Percy Grainger. (Martin Jones, the pianist in the film, has recorded an album of the complete piano works of Percy Grainger, available on Amazon. Check out the listening samples - it's quite dazzling.) "Bridal Lullaby" is used for the opening titles and for Margaret's arrival at the house, and establishes a mood both romantic and poignant. (And, viewing the movie again and knowing the entire story, watching Ruth Wilcox wander through her domain, observing its inhabitants from the outside as though she came from another world - well, those first few simple chords brought tears to my eyes. And, somehow, still do.) The piece for the closing credits is a piano/orchestral arrangement of Grainger's "Mock Morris." (And now, thanks to that, I've developed an interest in the piano music of Percy Grainger!) Richard Robbins artfully weaves all of these pieces into the fabric of each drama with great style.

Since everyone seems to be comparing the three soundtracks as to good/better/best, I think all three are wonderful for different reasons. "Room" is the most evocative; "Maurice" the most rhapsodic; and "Howards End" the most moody (also the most Phillip Glass-like in several moments). But of the three as albums, "Maurice" does have the edge - the whole thing feels like a complete tone poem unto itself. Robbins accomplishes this by framing the score with two versions of the same musical theme. For the opening credits, the tune seems only half formed, tinged in a minor key, wanting to express something, wanting to sing, but somehow seems suppressed; for the closing credits, the theme - now in a major key - finally has come into its own and sings with a naturally lyric abandon, ending on a triumphant note. It's a wonderful summation of the titular hero's own voyage of self-discovery and fulfillment.

So yes, if you're a fan of movie soundtracks, this set is a must-have. But don't stop there - explore the other music found within these scores as well, to enhance your appreciation of Richard Robbins and Merchant Ivory and the by-gone world they re-create.
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