Track Listing: On the Jetty, Albania, Reunion.
As told by John Madden (director of Shakespeare in Love
, not the NFL guy), the screen adaptation of novelist Louis de Bernières's World War II love story Corelli's Mandolin
has taken some dramatic licenses. But in coloring his recasting of the popular romantic drama, Madden once again turned to his Academy Award-winning Shakespeare
collaborator, Stephen Warbeck. The composer displays his mastery of romantic drama (though here in a bit more somber setting), casting the main love theme of "Pelagia's Song" in a mood that's more emotional than geographic. Warbeck's music then subtly coaxes the Italian and Greek influences from the source material, interpolating some Verdi and other standard works with occasionally dryly humorous effect (Italian infantryman segue from "La Donna e Mobile" to crooning the hoary German standard "Lili Marlene"). "The Tango" and "The Mandolin" offer up some ethnically diverse, if warmly human dimensions to the proceedings, with "Agii Fanentes," "The Guitar," and "On the Jetty" adding to their spare instrumental charm. Warbeck's emotionally compelling final cues are seasoned with a pair of strong performances by young English tenor sensation Russell Watson, "Senzi di Te" and "Ricordo Ancor," a lovely vocal version of the main love theme. --Jerry McCulley