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.