Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Charlie Chaplin, one of film history’s greatest original geniuses, was also a gifted inventor of melodies and the meticulous musical dramaturge of his films, a fact known by too few. After writing the music for City Lights (1930) he caught the film music bug, going on to compose the music for all his other films. The complex, innovative music for Modern Times (1935), here premiered complete, represents the high point of his compositional career. Although relying on David Raksin for notation and orchestration, almost every measure of the score contains the unmistakable traits of its author.
BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
The quirks of its idiosyncratic, unschooled composer are easily audible... yet the music's kaleidoscopic jumble, each fragment time to match a specific image and mood, carries its own overwhelming personality, while the tunes themselves are obstinately memorable... the NDR displays plenty of comic and sentimental panache.
American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The German and English booklet describes Chaplin's film and music contributions and Brock's efforts to reconstruct the score. The conducting, orchestral playing, and sound are all excellent. The music is interesting, original, and often very inventive. There are very few long music sequences. You will marvel at Chaplin's score.
Liner Note Author: Timothy Brock.
Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2006-11-13_2006-11-20&2007-).
Photographer: Maxx Munn Autrey.
Submitted on 10/16/15 by Allen Cohen
But what about the music itself? It is *wonderful*!!! While some might complain about the absence of consistent thematic material being developed throughout the score, each section is definitely “Chaplinesque” and extremely well-suited to the material presented on film. That being said, on its own it is simply delightful, energetic, sensitive music, with various quoted phrases from other well-known works in the mix. I found myself quite taken by the skill of the composer, and was thrilled to learn that it was composed by the insanely talented Mr. Chaplin himself.
The recording quality is all digital, and the orchestra is unbelievably good and precise, obviously enjoying the intense amount of hard work and rejoicing in the effort. You can tell when musicians are having fun and working hard, and they are clearly doing both here with great abandon. This is an incredible CD, and for those of us that are fans of the silent film era, it is an extra special treat. Buy it, play it, enjoy it, and share it with others…it’s beautiful and amazing and very special!
Submitted on 12/21/15 by KlingonOpera
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