100 Greatest World Cinema Themes

Composed by: Various Artists

Performed by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                On April 27, 2015, Silva Screen Records released a new six disc CD collection of music spanning eighty-six years of world cinema themes.  Entitled 100 Greatest World Cinema Themes, the album contains 106 tracks of movie music from international composers dating back from 2008 to the days of the silent films of the 1920s.  I was given an opportunity to check out a sampling of the CD set.

                This album features music from some of the most notable international composers such as Franci Lai, Ennio Morricone, Michael Legrand and more, performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, London Music Works and more.  My music sample contained some great music, such as Eli’s Theme from Let the Right One In, Lullaby from Queen Margot, the love theme from Cinema Paradiso, the theme from Jean De Florette, the theme from Fort Saganne and Adagio in G Minor from Gallipoli

                That’s how the sample begins, and I have to say, I really enjoyed these few tracks.  Then I got to the rest of the thirteen track sampling and I had to wonder what the folks who compiled this album were thinking, especially when I got to Django, the theme from Phaedra and Godzilla from Godzilla, King of the Monsters.  These were not the most impressive tracks and I wondered why they rated being on this album, especially when you think of all of the wonderful international scores out there.

                That confusion led me to do a little research on the CD set and I discovered that there are some rather interesting selections on this compilation.  I could see having music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and other Ennio Morricone scores, but was utterly confused at the inclusion of Ghidora, The Three Headed Monster.  I could understand including Zorba’s Dance from Zorba the Greek and tracks from Romeo and Juliet, but found myself amazed at the inclusion of the theme from Destroy All Monsters.

                While I think that the 100 Greatest World Cinema Themes contains a good selection of international music scores, I think some of the tracks were included just to fulfill the “100” track quota.  That being said, there is no way I would pay upwards of $33.00 for this album.  Instead, I would purchase tracks individually in mp3 format.  That way, I would get the great music I want rather than a CD set filled with a couple of tracks I want and a bunch of tracks I couldn’t be bothered with.


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