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5.0 out of 5 stars Perlman and Williams team up for this "Serenade"
Film scores have been a passion of mine since I first heard John Williams' unforgettable score for Star Wars at the age of 14. Since then I have become acutely aware of movie themes and orchestral music's ability to affect one's perceptions and emotions. As a result, my musical collection includes many CDs of music by composers such as James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and,...
Published on 10 Dec. 2003 by Alex Diaz-Granados

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perlman and Williams team up for this "Serenade", 10 Dec. 2003
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cinema Serenade (Audio CD)
Film scores have been a passion of mine since I first heard John Williams' unforgettable score for Star Wars at the age of 14. Since then I have become acutely aware of movie themes and orchestral music's ability to affect one's perceptions and emotions. As a result, my musical collection includes many CDs of music by composers such as James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and, of course, maestro Williams.
Cinema Serenade, featuring acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman, John Williams and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is a beautiful 13-track collection of movie themes by such famous composers as Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, John Barry, Andrea Morricone, Luis Bonfa, Andre Previn and, of course, Williams.
Because the featured solo instrument is a violin, producer John Frost, Williams and Perlman chose themes that, with the exception of the Gardel tango "Por Una Cabeza" (heard in Scent of a Woman) and Williams' Irish-styled "Theme from Far and Away," are sentimental, stately and even melancholic. Listen to the plaintive "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl or "Theme from Schindler's List" (both evocative of European Jewish music), or the haunting "I Will Wait For You" from Michel Legrand's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" with closed eyes and an open heart...I don't think there is anything more moving than Perlman's performance of those beautiful themes.
Williams conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with his usual golden touch, and although some of the arrangements in this CD have been tweaked to highlight Perlman's violin, the effect is not at all detrimental. Indeed, this is one of the best albums of the genre. Along with Cinema Serenade 2, it is a must-have CD for lovers of classic film scores.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is as good as it gets..., 3 Aug. 2000
This review is from: Cinema Serenade (Audio CD)
Not the sort of stuff I usually buy - I wouldn't have given it as second glance if I hadn't overheard it being played in a record shop. This is "easy listening" without doubt, but easy listening with a mesmerising depth of lyricism and warmth. The pieces are all beautifully and ingeniously arranged, avoiding sentimentality; the recording is superb, and you simply cannot find better fiddle playing. There should be prizes for CDs this good. Life-affirming...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two very enthusiastic 'thumbs up'., 30 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: Cinema Serenade (Audio CD)
With music like this, who needs speech? The language of 'Cinema Serenade' and Perlman's mastery of it banishes words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Williams, Perlman, film scores...who could want more?, 3 Dec. 2003
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cinema Serenade (Audio CD)
Film scores have been a passion of mine since I first heard John Williams' unforgettable score for Star Wars at the age of 14. Since then I have become acutely aware of movie themes and orchestral music's ability to affect one's perceptions and emotions. As a result, my musical collection includes many CDs of music by composers such as James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and, of course, maestro Williams.
Cinema Serenade, featuring acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman, John Williams and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is a beautiful 13-track collection of movie themes by such famous composers as Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, John Barry, Andrea Morricone, Luis Bonfa, Andre Previn and, of course, Williams.
Because the featured solo instrument is a violin, producer John Frost, Williams and Perlman chose themes that, with the exception of the Gardel tango "Por Una Cabeza" (heard in Scent of a Woman) and Williams' Irish-styled "Theme from Far and Away," are sentimental, stately and even melancholic. Listen to the plaintive "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl or "Theme from Schindler's List" (both evocative of European Jewish music), or the haunting "I Will Wait For You" from Michel Legrand's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" with closed eyes and an open heart...I don't think there is anything more moving than Perlman's performance of those beautiful themes.
Williams conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with his usual golden touch, and although some of the arrangements in this CD have been tweaked to highlight Perlman's violin, the effect is not at all detrimental. Indeed, this is one of the best albums of the genre. Along with Cinema Serenade 2, it is a must-have CD for lovers of classic film scores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music !, 22 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Cinema Serenade (MP3 Download)
I first heard track 13 on radio 3 one evening when driving home. I managed to remember the name of the CD and immediately downloaded it through Amazon. The whole CD is great and I find the music very relaxing. A thoroughly good buy and so glad I managed to remember the name!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is so good to relax to, 9 Oct. 2014
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This is so good to relax to, and my very favourite, Umbrellas of Cherbourg is an absolute bonus. A great CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 Aug. 2014
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A really nice CD, well played throughout with a good selection of different music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but like it, 11 Sept. 2014
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Very enjoyable CD, bought specifically for one track, but like it all
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album of lovely music, 13 Nov. 2014
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Perlman can do no wrong for me, a brilliant album of lovely music
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5.0 out of 5 stars best ever, 20 Aug. 2014
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Service fantastic. Product... No words stunning amazing... buy it
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