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Edmund Meisel: Berlin - Sinfonie der Groástadt, original motion picture score

Album Summary

>Meisel, Edmund : Berlin
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After the successful release of the Original Motion Picture Score Metropolis (C5066), another Masterpiece of the Stummfilm-Era is released. Again in cooperation with the German Television ZDF and ARTE, this movie is now completely restored with a newly recorded soundtrack from the original score by Edmund Meisel (1894-1930). Film music expert and conductor Frank Strobel delivers a full range and deep, impressive soundtrack with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for this release. Of previously released Metropolis: It's a wild, exhilarating ride, probably a bit over the top (like the film itself), but an irresistible wallow for anyone who enjoys the Strauss-Korngold idiom as much as I do. Frank Strobel leads a dynamic, impassioned performance that is played to near-perfection by the Berliners." - American Record Guide

Classical Music, 5th May 2012
Knock-your-socks-off music...In Meisel's score, Weill rubs shoulders with Vaughan Williams, Berg with Prokofiev, with wholly e ngrossing results.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzertsaal Hardenbergstrasse (09/19/2007-09/22/2007).


Meisel's Berlin
Conductor Frank Strobel certainly deserves credit for resuscitating this score. Just as they embraced Strobelís recording of Metropolis, ardent students of film music will appreciate the significance of Meiselís work. The score per se is unrelenting in its dissonance and metric irregularity, the perfect analog of Rittmanís film vision. Despite the passionate advocacy of the conductor et al, the result is not an unqualified success. Meiselís writing is too interlinked with the filmís cutting and imagery to stand on its own independent of the visual element. Nevertheless this is worth investigating if only for its cultural importance. Good packaging and informative, albeit, syntactically labored liner notes.
Submitted on 07/13/12 by Allen Cohen 
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>Meisel, Edmund : Berlin :: Die Sinfonie der Groástadt, film score
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1927