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Reviews: The Film Music of Jerry Goldsmith

Reviews: 5

Review by lenw June 15, 2004 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
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“Bass extension, dynamics and control were spectacular at one end, while air and ambience on top added an enveloping cushion to what was about the most satisfying musical experience I’ve had in my home theater system.” -- Stereophile Guide to Home Theater

I listen to this SACD in stereo only. It provides a wide and deep soundstage. The music material is based on movie soundtracks and is beautifully presented.

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Review by csuzor March 3, 2005 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
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This is a fantastic recording, powerful, excellent use of 5 channels. If anyone isn't convinced of the benefits of surround sound music yet, let them listen to this.
Mixed by the master himself, this is a great tribute to Goldsmith's contribution to cinema.
Highly recommended.

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Review by jeffreybehr August 28, 2006 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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THIS is the way movie music--and big-orchestra multichannel recordings, too--is supposed to sound! The music is BIG, the conducting is superbly ACTIVE, the hall plenty spacious sounding.

Goldsmith is really on the mark in these pieces. I threw away another collections CD of Goldsmith conducting Goldsmith after hearing this one. The hall sounds as if it's about 50 meters deep and twice as wide, and the five mics capture everything I need to hear. As is usual with the London orchestras, the bass drum is huge and pitched about a half-octave lower than those used by American orchestras; I love its sound, especially the texture of the bass rolling thru the hall. Philips' Polyhymnia (sp?) recorded it for Telarc, as they did the string-suites Telarc disc by the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra (#SACD-60623). All that bass energy is in the 5 channels; the LFE channel is not used.

The orchestral playing is uniformly excellent; this is the LSO at its best. I often find its violins a little thin sounding, but they're not thin here.

My favorite selections are the first and the last--a suite from 'Star Trek' opens the disc, and 'The Generals', an arrangement of music from 'Patton' and MacArthur', closes it. Also excellent is several minutes of music from 'Air Force One' included in 'Motion Picture Medley'. Of course, being Goldsmith's best, ALL of it is excellent. If ever you want a demonstration of just how flat and small sounding the music recorded FOR movies is, listen to the music in the movie 'Air force One'--it's dismal compared with the sound of this Telarc release. I love this one so much I bought another copy.

In the music itself, in the conducting and orchestral playing, and in spaciousness and naturalness of the multichannel sound, this disc is the best I've heard.

RIP, Mr. Goldsmith; we'll miss you.

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Review by analogue February 25, 2009 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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If you don't know or have never heard of Jerry Goldsmith don't worry. YOU might have heard some of his music in your favourite movies. He is without question one of the greatest film music composers of all time and this is not really in dispute. Although he makes the claim that there is no such thing as film music ...but only music.

For this sacd, one of my first, Goldsmith newly recorded some (but not all) of his best soundtrack music from different movies.

The sound is unbelievably good and it is said that Goldsmith himself and the players of the London Orchestra were completely stunned at the quality of the recording. When they heard what pure dsd was capable of they were wowed. I was wowed too when I heard the quality of this sacd. Powerful, lifelike, robust, realistic and three dimensional all come to mind.

If you want to show off your system or introduce people to sacd and Jerry Goldsmith......this is a wonderful way to do it. This sacd will also show how important a great recording can be to the quality of the sound as well. Sound engineers should get credit too.

Another great sacd from Telarc.......... a label that cares for quality.

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Review by gonzostick September 13, 2009 (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
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GET THIS!!! If you love Hollywood film scores, SACDs of that repertoire do not get any better than this. I have played this through my new Oppo Blu-Ray Universal player and, with analog-direct hook up, it sounds absolutely stunning! The performances by the composer, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra are brilliant, lyrical, and sound absolutely wonderful. This is much better than the desultory performances of film music on other Telarc albums by another orchestra...

I defy anyone from my age group, lovers of cinema, and vintage television, to listen to this stunning disc without having mental images of film and television run through their minds as this plays...

The dynamic range is the usual from Telarc as is the extremely wide frequency range of the recording, with airy, brilliant highs and powerful bass. The Surround mix replaces the acoustics of one's listening room with that captured by the engineers. One's walls disappear!!!


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