Scored!: Classic Film Music: Romance
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I’ve finally made it to the fourth album in the Scored! Classic Film Music collection. I saved this one for last because it had the potential to go either way - it could be tremendously enjoyable or an utter disaster. Thus far, I have enjoyed 2 out of the 3 albums in the collection. As they say, “two outta three ain’t bad”, but what if this album went by the wayside? It was with this thought in my mind that I sat down to listen to Scored!: Romance.
When you think about classic romantic movies, you think of films like Gone with the Wind, The King and I, Love Story, From Here to Eternity, Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, West Side Story and more. The soundtracks for romantic films usually have a particular sound with strings, guitars, flutes, pianos, soft saxophones, soft clarinets and just the slightest hint of percussion. The music is designed to give the listener a sense of the beauty, drama and wonderment associated with romance.
Scored!: Romance features musical scores from such classic films as The Barefoot Contessa, The Black Stallion, Ben Hur, Paris Blues and more. The music is performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic.
I was surprised to discover that the more popular classic romance films were ignored by the makers of this album. However, I did agree with the choices found on the album, most especially The Black Stallion Theme Reprise, the Women in Love Theme and Across 110th Street (Harlem Love Theme), all of which are excellent representations of what a classic romantic theme are all about.
I did find fault with using Across 110th Street (Harlem Love Theme) on this album as it was already used in another album in this collection - Scored!: Crime. Why use a musical score twice in this collection when there are so many others available? I was also mystified by the use of the Tom Jones Theme as it really didn’t sound very romantic.
Otherwise, I believe that Scored! Romance contains a very good collection of songs from some of the less thought of films in the romance genre. With all of the collections of romantic themes available, the fact that musical scores from these films make this album rather unique and worth adding to the collection.