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The Salamander (OST)

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  • Audio CD (15 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prometheus
  • ASIN: B00CD3ZG42
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel N on 9 Jun. 2013
This is an excellent re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1981 film The Salamander. The original soundtrack recording is apparently lost and has never been released, which is why this Prometheus album is an important one. The Salamander was written during what was arguably the composer's strongest period - the late 70's ande early 80's - and there is much classic Goldsmith material to savour here, from rythmically intense action music to (at least in one track) grand misterioso choral writing in the vein of The Final Conflict. And then there is the love theme. Of all the great love themes that Goldsmith penned over the years, this one stands out to me as one of the most moving. A European-flavoured and beautifully bitter-sweet melody, the theme (introduced in the accordion)conveys feelings of tenderness, yearning and loss - heartbreaking stuff. Filling out the album are two short concert suites from The Cassandra Crossing and Ransom. Here too Nic raine and the Prague musicians prove that they measure up; the interpretation and performances compare favourably with the original soundtrack recordings.
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Another great achivement from the Fitzpatrick/Van de Ven/Raine team 19 Nov. 2013
By Fachwerkhaus - Published on
Excellent re-recording of a strong score for an almost forgotten film from 1981.
Producers James Fitzpatrick of Tadlow, Luc Van de Ven of Prometheus Records and conductor Nic Raine offer another great cd for orchestral film music fans, after the previous efforts of "The Alamo, Conan the Barbarian & The Destroyer, The Fall of The Roman Empire, and Quo Vadis.
Conductor Nic Raine leads the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in a tour de force of more than 40 minutes of music.
Jerry Goldsmith's score for "The Salamanders" is built up on 3 elements: a four-note motif, a three-note rhytmic figure and a beautiful and tender love theme (orchestrated for vibraphone, accordion, violas and harp).
The only choral cue (Funeral: Requem for a General) is an interesting paraphrase of the "Lachrymosa" in Mozart's Requiem:
Goldsmith adds his own touch using a trumpet countermelody.
The composer's standard orchestra is augmenter with synthetized percussions and in one cue (The Torture) there is also a passage of eerie electronic sounds.
Because the original scores and parts were missing, arranger Leigh Phillips had to reconstruct the complete score "by ear", whatching and listening carefully to the DVD of the movie: the result is of course superlative.
As extra, the cd offers two concert suites from the scores of "The Cassandra Crossing" and "Ransom".

Excellent audio quality and rich booklet notes complete this wonderful cd.

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