Scored!: Classic Film Music: Crime

Performed By: Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic, Daniel Caine Orchestra

Distributed by: Primary Wave Records and BFM Digital, Inc.

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            What happens when one of the largest music publishers in the U.S. teams up with a global digital music company committed to serving the independent music community?  A music compilation series is born!  Scored! is a classic film music compilation series from Primary Music Wave Publishing and BFM Digital, Inc.  Each of the Scored! albums are themed compilations, the debuted albums featuring music from the following genres: romance, battle, crime and westerns.

            I recently listened to Scored!: Crime, a ten-track album featuring music from such classics of television and film as The Taking of Pelham 123 (the original film), The Great Train Robbery, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Some Like It Hot and more.  The music is performed mostly by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic with the Daniel Caine Orchestra performing the theme from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

            Fans of musical score will note that the genre has changed over the years with the appearance of new technologies and techniques.  Synthesizers and other such electric and electronic toys were not yet available during the classic era of filmmaking.  Therefore, composers in that age relied heavily on crescendo and pace as well as the use of certain instruments, such as horns, percussion and violins, to relate the intensity and/or action taking place in the film.

            As I listened to Scored!: Crimes, I was instantly transported back to the era of Marilyn Monroe, Sydney Poitier, Walter Matthau, Robert Vaughn, Peter Ustinov, Marlene Dietrich and Spencer Tracy.  The musical scores were very dramatic and served a great purpose in enhancing each and every scene.  More importantly, these were themes that made terrific stand alone musical pieces.  

            Scored!: Crime is a compilation of some of the greatest compositions for television and film in the crime category.  I truly enjoyed this debut album and canít wait to listen to the rest of the albums in the Scored! series.


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