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Monsignor Soundtrack

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In the early 1980s, John Williams composed the scores to one blockbuster after another (the STAR WARS sequels, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, the INDIANA JONES series), not to mention carving out time as director of the Boston Pops. But if that wasn't enough, Williams was able to squeeze in a more serious drama, "... in which Christopher Reeve doesn't play Superman," to quote Williams, the 1982 20th Century Fox film MONSIGNOR. Williams' score remains one of the most memorable elements of a minor film starring Reeve as John Flaherty, an ordained priest who, once summoned to Rome and assigned to the position of Cardinal within the Vatican, becomes involved with black marketeers and has an illicit romance with a nun. MONSIGNOR remains the one post-STAR WARS Williams' score yet to be released on CD, until now. Intrada's release features the score remastered from the original elements, presenting the music as heard in Williams' original, perfect LP presentation. Astute listeners may detect a scant three minutes of music in the film that is not on the album, but the album presents more than 10 minutes of stunning music not heard in the film. The album-only material includes "The Meeting in Sicily," the genesis of Williams' work on his Esplanade Overture. This florid musical piece appears briefly in MONSIGNOR the movie, was further developed for inclusion on the MONSIGNOR LP, and was eventually revised and finalized, premiering as the Esplanade Overture with the Boston Pops. Another high point of the score heard in the film is "Gloria," a set piece featuring 500 costumed extras in Rome's Cathedral of St. John and Paul -- a five-minute musical sequence with no dialog or sound. The main theme itself is a haunting melody, first heard for solo trumpet, performed by long-time Williams collaborator Maurice Murphy. This release is limited to 3000 copies.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Theme from Monsignor (03:25)
  2. Reunion in Italy (01:33)
  3. Forgotten Vows (04:12)
  4. The Meeting in Sicily (03:53)
  5. Audience With the Holy Father (03:42)
  6. Gloria (05:12)
  7. Monsignor (02:12)
  8. Appolini s Decision (03:14)
  9. Santoni s Confession (05:01)
  10. At the Forum (05:09)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Intrada
  • ASIN: B001333096
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Williams score for this forgettable film is pretty impressive. The London Symphony Orchestra was on-hand to deliver a top-notch performance, and featured LSO trumpeter Maurice Murphy does beautiful work with the Main Title theme. This is a rich melodic score and one of the Williams' better soundtracks from the 1980s. The style is classical symphonic and includes a hair-raising GLORIA chorale that will leave you speechless! I have never heard a more immense and powerful choral piece by the composer, outside of his "Attack of The Clones" contribution.
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Haven't seen the film but the soundtrack is stunning in the best traditions of classic John Williams. LSO superb and Maurice Murphy, as always, enhances the score through his inimitable and soulful trumpet playing. Worth buying the CD just for that!
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this soundtrack is very haunting but serious. john williams does classical style. i didn't care for the movie but i liked christopher reeve & the soundtrack.****
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By David Chan on November 27, 2009
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wow, very dramatic music by john williams. i've really enjoyed it. sounds like classical music.****
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I never saw the film and can only comment on the soundtrack - while it is not up there with the best of John Williams' work, it is musical and descriptive, well worth listening to time and again
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