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Chaplin, Charlie: Essential Film Music (2 CD SET) [Soundtrack]

Charlie Chaplin Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Reel Chaplin - A Symphonic Adventure (part 1): A Woman Of Paris, The Kid, The Chaplin Revue, SunCity Of Prague Philharmonic12:45Album Only
listen  2. The KidCity Of Prague Philharmonic 8:45Album Only
listen  3. Pay DayCity Of Prague Philharmonic 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Gold RushCity Of Prague Philharmonic 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The CircusCity Of Prague Philharmonic 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. City LightsCity Of Prague Philharmonic 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Modern TimesCity Of Prague Philharmonic 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Great DictatorCity Of Prague Philharmonic 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Monsieur Verdoux - Paris BoulevardCity Of Prague Philharmonic 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Monsieur Verdoux - Bitter TangoCity Of Prague Philharmonic 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. A King In New York - Mandolin SerenadeCity Of Prague Philharmonic 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. A King In New York - Weeping WillowCity Of Prague Philharmonic 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Countess From Hong KongCity Of Prague Philharmonic 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Reel Chaplin - A Symphonic Adventure (part 2): The Chaplin Revue, Modern Times, Including 'smileCity Of Prague Philharmonic 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The FloorwalkerCity Of Prague Philharmonic 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The FiremanCity Of Prague Philharmonic 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The VagabondCity Of Prague Philharmonic 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. One A.m.City Of Prague Philharmonic 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The CountCity Of Prague Philharmonic 3:37Album Only
listen  6. The PawnshopCity Of Prague Philharmonic 8:27Album Only
listen  7. Behind The ScreenCity Of Prague Philharmonic 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The RinkCity Of Prague Philharmonic 7:47Album Only
listen  9. Easy StreetCity Of Prague Philharmonic 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The CureCity Of Prague Philharmonic 7:29Album Only
listen11. The ImmigrantCity Of Prague Philharmonic 8:56Album Only
listen12. The AdventurerCity Of Prague Philharmonic 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • ASIN: B000EMGIU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Film buffs and classic-comedy lovers know these films-but did you know that Chaplin composed the music for them? This 2-CD set pairs new scores by Carl Davis (penned for the early shorts) with Chaplin's music from The Kids, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, A King in New York and more. A genius that just keeps revealing new layers

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New arrangements, yes ... but still very, very beautiful February 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As the previous reviewer pointed out, CHARLIE CHAPLIN: ESSENTIAL FILMS MUSIC does not provide Chaplin's original music transferred directly from his films, but new arrangements by Carl Davis based on Chaplin's original compositions, in order to make the tracks more suitable for CD use.

However, even though the source is not Chaplin's original films, I do disagree with the other reviewer's statement that this lacks "vim and vigor." The other reviewer is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I personally think Davis has succeeded in displaying Chaplin's music in a new light. I don't see how his arrangement of CITY LIGHTS is mainly a "jazz piece." One thing to be aware of is that the customer should not expect this CD to contain the complete music from the titles listed up, as this is rather a compilation consisting of several high-lights from the films. The second disc provides music composed by Carl Davis to the Mutual-shorts, and is very beautiful as well.

I assure you that this collection made me more than satisfied; certain parts are outstanding, in my opinion, such as the ending of the first track, which includes an incredibly beautiful interpretation of the LIMELIGHT-theme. When I first put it in my record-player I was blown away by its beauty, especially when listening to THE KID, THE GOLD RUSH, CITY LIGHTS and THE GREAT DICTATOR, music which I've wanted to own in my music collection for years.

If I have one complaint, it is that some of my favorite compositions from Chaplin are left out, such as the thrilling opening theme of MONSIEUR VERDOUX, or the beautiful finale of THE CIRCUS. Nevertheless, ESSENTIAL FILM MUSIC receives five well deserved stars from me. An excellent collection of outstanding music.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Without vim and vigor April 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I so much wanted to like this new collection of Chaplin music but ended up quite disappointed. The pacing of the songs is simply too plodding, slow and lacking the excitement of the actual film versions. This is especially true with the overture from "Modern Times" and the thematic music used throughout "The Kid." The dancing segment from "City Lights" is a punchy jazz piece, designed to be played vulgar and loud. Forget it with this arrangement, which sounds like something out of the Hollyridge Strings.

There are many compilations of Chaplin music and though this is the newest offering, it is by no means the superior choice. Opt instead for the actual soundtracks from his films, where you hear the music as it was intended to be heard. I doubt even CC himself would embarce this staid and arthritic collection, where forceful tunes are reduced to wan drivel.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Bringing the scores of Classic Chaplin films can only be described as one of the greatest achievements of film score restorations from the Entertainment Industry ---- a musicians musician composer conductor Carl Davis conducts The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra featuring The Wihan Quartet setting the mood for this serious, funfilled and touching story of our favorite "Little Tramp" (Charlie Chaplin) ---- "CITY LIGHTS", falling in love and helping a Blind Flower Girl(Virginia Cherrill)to regain her sight---but some of the biggest laughs are the scenes with the Millionaire (Harry Myers) who just so happens to be drunk fed up and always trying to do away with himself...each scene is funnier than the previous one...Chaplin and Myers are priceless whenever they grace the screen together.

Chaplin's scores has many counterpoints ---- ranging from comedy, romance and even heartache ---- one of the best known songs is "SMILE", which became a standard by several recording artists such as Nat "King" Cole and Tony Bennett...but back to the scores at hand---"ETERNALLY", is classic Chaplin composition as it captures the heart---"THIS IS MY SONG", longings arrangements with outstanding conceptions hit the mark on this disc one.

The second disc has music composed by Carl Davis for "THE FLOORWALKER" (1916), Charlie is mistaken for the manager of a department store who has just stolen from the cash drawer, and Charlie is completely innocent ---- "THE FIREMAN" (1916), Charlie's a sleepy firemen and is simply amazing in this flick as he rescues the damsel in a burning house, the Carl Davis score fits this to a "T" ---- "THE VAGABOND" (1916), this time Charlie's a wandering violinist who falls in love with a gypsy girl as the tears and laughter follow in this Davis score ---- "ONE A.M.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's music essential for movie buffs. November 28, 2012
By scott
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I purchased this music because I teach a "History of Film" class to high school students. Listening to this music and we viewed clips from Chaplin's films, helped the students realize why we true movie buffs love Chaplin so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a treasure! February 19, 2011
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If you're a fan of Charlie Chaplins' work you know what an important role the music plays in his story telling. I was surprised to find out recently that in addition to writing, directing and acting, he composed most of the music for his films. No doubt, this contributed greatly to the strength and completeness of each film. His humor and sentiment come through so beautifully in the music!

The City of Prague Philharmonic does a masterful job of bringing these pieces into the 21st century, with a richness of tone that could not have been attained when first recorded. Thanks to everyone involved. I feel this music holds up well along side the best of Hollywoods composers, past and present!
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