Greek Film Music
Composed by: Various Artists
Performed by: The City of Prague Philharmonic
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When I first received Greek Film Music, I was intrigued. I love to listen to music from other countries and experience the exotic style and compositional techniques used in other cultures. I was surprised at the music I found on this soundtrack. I had expected to find a compilation of music like that featured in Zorba the Greek or films featuring Greek weddings, but what I got was so much more!
This compilation features a variety of music from such famous films as Phaedra and Zorba the Greek, as expected, but there is also music from Serpico, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and more. All of the tracks are performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic, featuring The Martin Kershaw Bouzouki Ensemble.
The album begins with the theme from Z, a 1969 political thriller set in Greece. This exotic composition was exactly what I had expected to find in the Greek Film Music album. But this was followed up by 1492: Conquest of Paradise, a composition of epic proportions that sounded nothing like Theme from Z. This was followed by Topkapi, a piece with a somewhat classic western type of flare.
I was confused, so I started to read up on the various songs included on this album and then I understood - each of the compositions included in this compilation were created by Greek composers such as Vangelis, Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis. I had no idea that some of my favorite film music had been created by Greek composers, but I was happy to find them on this album, including Never on a Sunday, Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner Closing Theme, Serpico and Zorba’s Dance.
So, although the title is a little misleading, Greek Film Music is an exceptionally enjoyable album featuring a variety of musical styles used by Greek composers in the creation of some of the most famous musical scores in film history. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone, especially to anyone of Greek descent seeking to collect some brilliant film compositions from artists of the same heritage. Greek Film Music is an excellent film music compilation that I expect to listen to over and over again.