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Classic Film Scores: Captain From Castile Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 1900)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0041GWWW8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Conquest
  2. Pedro and Catana
  3. Prelude
  4. The Vision
  5. Main Title
  6. Elegy
  7. Caligula's March
  8. The Map of Jerusalem
  9. 20th Century-Fox Fanfare with the CinemaScope Extension and Street Scene
  10. Captain From Castile
  11. "Cathy's Theme (From ""Wuthering Heights"")"
  12. "Hornpipe (From ""Down To The Sea In Ships"")"
  13. The Song of Bernadette
  14. "The Hunters (Main Title) (From ""The Bravados"")"
  15. Anastasia (Main Title)
  16. "London Calling (From ""The Best Of Everything"")"
  17. Airport (Main Title)
  18. The Robe

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Captain from Castile CD is a great joy. Two of my favourites: Wuthering Heights and The Best of Everything are treated with marvellous feeling for the original film soundtrack. I heartily give this a FIVE STAR RATING and recommend to all film soundtrack lovers of the byegone era of great movie music.
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Not bad, but I did feel slightly let down by this CD. There is not enough time to get to know the music before it ends. Also, I felt that this was a somewhat rushed album. The playing is excellent and it does what it says on the tin but for my money, just too short.
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Charles Gerhardt interpretation of classic film scores is top drawer.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92109aec) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x920b8684) out of 5 stars Excellent, But Don't Be Fooled 9 Sept. 2013
By Dane S. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent CD and extremely well recorded! It doesn't say anywhere but it is in Surround Sound which really is excellent, but doesn't say anywhere on the packaging. I Have both the Original RCA Vinyl and the first two CD's of this Classic. One CD was Not surround, the other Was. There is hardly any audible difference between the old surround and the "newly remastered". So if you own the old surround CD, there is no need to duplicate purchases. I got the whole set, thinking that "re-Mastered" would be much superior. It is not. It is almost the same thing with sometimes different pictures, etc. Still in all, if you don't own the Gerhardt Classics, they are well worth getting. The sonics are mighty and superior in quality to other recordings of the same material. Hope this helps.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9290f8f4) out of 5 stars Very Grand and Very Powerfull Charles Gerhardt Recording 28 Oct. 2013
By gobirds2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic Film Scores: Captain From Castile is one of my favorite albums from the Charles Gerhardt series. These were really great albums. I loved them. On this album I really like "The Hunters" from THE BRAVADOS. What a powerful piece of scoring full of energy and drive. It blew me away the first time I heard it. And I love "Hornpipe" from DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS. This track composed by Alfred Newman is one of the finest nautical pieces for the screen ever composed. Of the entire score for DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS, this piece in particular is very grand and moving and really captures of those who do go down to the sea in ships. I love this piece and this entire album.
HASH(0x92933378) out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Alfred Newman. 3 July 2016
By johnf - Published on Amazon.com
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Alfred Newman was one of the founding generation of composers who came to Hollywood in the early Thirties when the studios decided to include music in films that weren't musicals. These included Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Miklos Rozsa and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the best known, though there were others. Korngold and Rozsa came from the world of classical music. The rest, including Newman, were from the world of show business, mostly Broadway musicals and operettas. Newman, a child piano prodigy, had been classically trained by no less than Sigismund Stojowski. His family was very poor however, and at thirteen he began a career on the vaudeville circuit, then playing in the orchestra pit for Broadway shows. But by seventeen he was a respected conductor for important Broadway shows by the Gershwins and Jerome Kern. His conducting skills so impressed Fritz Reiner that he invited Newman to conduct the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

When he came to Hollywood in 1930 to conduct the orchestra for an Irving Berlin musical, Samuel Goldwyn invited him to score Street Scene (included here), and he stayed, eventually settling in for a two decade stay at 20th Century Fox as Director of their Music Department. This meant far more duties than scoring films, yet like his contemporaries at the other studios he ended up scoring almost 200 films, some of them great classics. The energy of these men was astounding. The studios really worked these men, demanding a Western score one week, then a Romance followed by a crime picture. To the studio heads music was a commodity much like fabric for costumes and they had no real understanding of artistic imagination. How men like Newman did it, I don't know.

Newman's career can only be lightly touched on by a collection like this, which is its only weakness. Created by Charles Gerhardt and a team of people who were experts in film music, it was done in the early 70's, still the age of the vinyl LP that held thirty to forty minutes of music at best. The object of the series was to create good stereo recordings of Hollywood's Golden Age film scores which otherwise would be lost to the public due to the more primitive sound of the original soundtracks. They decided not to go beyond 1950 with a few exceptions. This series has always been held in great esteem and has never been out of print. This is its second CD remastering and it sounds incredibly good.

Just what to choose is the problem with any of the great Hollywood composers, and Newman is no exception. The editors of the series like to survey a composer's career from the beginning, and they've done that here. I would have liked to see How Green Was My Valley included here, perhaps instead of The Best of Everything, but that's just my quibble. The disc begins with Newman's well-known 20th Century Fox Fanfare without the CinemaScope extension that he added later. Not everyone knows he composed this most familiar of studio fanfares. Then it's right into Street Scene, his first commission,for the same-named film in 1931. Bits of it were used in Fox films to underscore urban scenes and Newman conducted it himself on screen as an introduction to How To Marry a Millionaire. It the best Gershwin not actually composed by Gershwin himself. That's alright because at first it was thought that Gershwin was founding a whole new branch of music, and others followed in his footsteps. Though it really didn't last long, the style created an indelible sound that immediately conjured the image of the Art Deco city.

Captain From Castile was one of Newman's great scores with its love theme's Spanish accents and bold, heroic march, both here. The sweet tenderness of Cathy's Theme from Wuthering Heights follows. One of Newman's traits was that his music was often warm and could express great feeling and tenderness, which shows here. The Hornpipe from Down To the Sea in Ships is pure fun.Just as Korngold became associated with swashbuckling music, Newman came to be the man to go to for religious films, and it was his handling of The Song of Bernadette that created this role for him. The music is neither mawkish nor overly ethereal; the visionary part is delicate and not overwhelming and is grounded in melody.

For contrast we come to The Bravados, one of Newman's rare Westerns, though his masterpiece was to be How the West Was Won. The Bravados was a revenge piece so what we get here is a dark march that matches its mood but which doesn't particularly conjure up any images of the West. Anastasia hints at its film's Russian theme without being overtly Slavonic; its music, perhaps minus the chimes, could be used in any dramatic film. From The Best of Everything we do not have the theme song, which was sung by Johnny Mathis at the beginning of the film, but the trans-Atlantic phone call underscoring, which is thematically related.

The theme from Airport is included here, in violation of the series' own 1950 and before rule, because how could you not? This was Newman's last score. The film was released just weeks after he died. And what an astonishing piece it is. It was totally unlike anything he had ever done, at least since Street Scene. When you first hear it you think it's Bernard Herrmann. That Newman was able to come up with this score so unlike anything else he did and so late in his life is amazing.

The disc ends with a beautifully thought out suite from The Robe, another of Newman's scores that is considered on of Hollywood's best. It contains brassy Roman marches, exotic moments with flute and harp and one of the most beautiful themes ever written for a film. Franz Waxman resigned from the Academy when this score wasn't nominated for an Academy Award. Gerhardt has done something special here. Usually his suites and cues are literal transcriptions from the films. But in this case he amplifies the main theme with a big orchestration and chorus so that it is much larger than it is in the actual soundtrack yet conveys the essence and awesome nature of the music perfectly.

This is an excellent disc to discover th wide variety of the music of Alfred Newman.
HASH(0x920b8abc) out of 5 stars Three Stars 25 Oct. 2015
By mike ehreth - Published on Amazon.com
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It does not include the opening theme. Main title "Captain From Castile " not in recording.
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HASH(0x925e3b70) out of 5 stars Three Stars 31 Mar. 2015
By Horace L. Hise - Published on Amazon.com
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The Captain from Castile track is great. The other tracks are dull.
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