- Anvil of Crom (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Riddle of Steel / Riders of Doom (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- The Gift of Fury (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Column of Sadness / Wheel of Pain (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Pit Fights (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Alantean Sword (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Theology / Civilization (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Wifeing (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- The Leaving / The Search (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- The Mountain of Power Procession (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Recovery (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- The Kitchen (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- The Orgy (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Funeral Pyre (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Battle of the Mounds (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Orphans of Doom / The Awakening (Arr. for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
- Philipp Pelster (Organ)
Notes & Reviews:
Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 adventure film, directed and co-written by John Milius. It was his intention to create an opera in the form of a film. Since the opera contains very little dialogue, he used the music to support the story line. The music composed by Basil Poledouris (1945-2006) conveys a sense of power and energy but also expresses many tender moments. The superb Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ in Claremont, California was designed to inspire creativity and innovation, and Philipp Pelster's vision in making a complete film-score transcription especially for the unique possibilities of this instrument transforms the orchestral colors of the original to generate a completely new and richly rewarding musical experience.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, Californi (05/19/2014/05/20/2014).
Submitted on 09/18/15 by Allen Cohen
The first track “Anvil of Crom” demonstrates what the organ is capable of bringing to the music of the score, while at the same time making evident that portions of the original music that were particularly percussive must be adjusted since the organ is not a percussive instrument. The transcription handles this particularly well by giving us notes in the bass that substitute for the drum beats and force present in the film. The organ also serves as a gentle messenger in track 7 “Theology/Civilization”, conveying wonder and positive feeling sequences of notes that are pleasing to both the ear and the reminiscing mind of the listener. Track 13 “The Orgy” was a highlight for me, though, with Mr. Pelster playing the delightful waltz rhythm with a sense of joy and playfulness that was infectious.
All in all, the music on the disc speaks for itself. It is obvious that Mr. Pelster was having a great time bringing this project to fruition, and you can hear it in his performance. If you fondly remember the music to “Conan the Barbarian” and appreciate the majesty that an organ can bring, then you should enjoy this CD very much. Recommended!
Submitted on 10/07/15 by KlingonOpera
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Works DetailsPoledouris, Basil : Conan the Barbarian, film score
- Performer: Philipp Pelster (Organ)
- Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 1982