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The Film Music of Charles Chaplin [Import]

Charles ChaplinAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Msi/Bmg
  • ASIN: B0000076A9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Music
2. Garret Waltz
3. Blue Eyes
4. Kidnap
5. Doss House
6. Overture and Storm
7. Thanksgiving Dinner
8. Georgia
9. Dance of the Rolls
10. Rejected
11. Discovery
12. Chance Meeting and Finale
13. The Circus March
14. Breakfast and a Hungry Girl
15. The Girl
16. Flirtation Waltz
17. The Tightrope Walker
18. Fanfare
19. The Millionaire
20. The Nightclub 1
See all 34 tracks on this disc

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Deutshes Symphonie Orchester Performs Music from Chaplin Movies, the Kid, the Gold Rush, the Circus, City Lights and Modern Times.

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A sort of "Greatest Hits" from some of Chaplin's most famous films -- and that's saying something. For those who only know Chaplin as a brilliant actor and director, it may come as a surprise that he was also one heck of a tunesmith (his most famous being the lovely and hummable tune "Smile" from his film MODERN TIMES.) And these new recordings -- using Chaplin's original scores -- preserve the charm of Chaplin's genius while still giving us clean, crisp sound.
This is more than just the incidental music that sometimes lurks around on scores. The "Garrent Waltz" and "Blue Eyes" from THE KID are fully-realized songs that set a definite mood. "Kidnap," also from THE KID, frames one of film's most memorable and heartwrenching scenes, when the Kid is taken from The Tramp -- and the music swoops and swells with all the same agony and heartache, climaxing with soft violins and flutes crying through a theme that eventually became one of Chaplin's signature tunes. Good stuff.
On a lighter note, the CD also contains the famous "Dance of the Rolls" from THE GOLDRUSH and "The Circus March" from THE CIRCUS, one of Chaplin's most laugh-out-loud films.
It is in his music for CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES, though, where Chaplin the musician really shines. The drunken vignettes of the four "Nightclub" tracks make for great listening, but it's the "Boxing Ring" music that you'll end up cranking through the stereo speakers, with its blaring trumpets and up-and-down brass line (and in these new recordings, you can even hear the frantic timpani swooshing juuuuust behind it all).
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