add to wish list | library

12 of 13 recommend this,
would you recommend it?

yes | no

Support this site by purchasing from these vendors using the paid links below. As an Amazon Associate earns from qualifying purchases.
  Sony Classical -
  SH 89780
  Danny Elfman: Serenada Schizophrana
  Danny Elfman: Serenada Schizophrana, End Tag, Improv for Alto Sax

ACO Singers
American Composers Orchestra
Steven Sloane (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
Recording type:
Recording info:

read discussion | delete from library | delete recommendation | report errors
Reviews: 1

Review by Wolfspaw July 8, 2015 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
For fans of Danny Elfman the music on this disc is as good as anything that he has written for film or television. Even for those who have no idea who he is, the music is, as he says in the notes, were influenced by composers from Prokofiev to Phillip Glass. Having listened recently to Daphnis et Chloe suite No.1, the way the choir floats in at first struck me as being similar to the piece by Ravel. Mr. Elfman also wrote that this piece began as separate pieces and eventually felt connected. I am not sure that I could say it myself any better than that. But this is certainly a modern piece and the choir is sung in Spanish. While this is not the most discrete use of multi-channel sound that I have heard it is far, far, from the worst and I would estimate that it is pretty good and it certainly provides ambiance and even a bit more and it is a very nice multi-channel mix.

The recorded performance was conducted by John Mauceri, who led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for many years, and an orchestra that was assembled for this recording. Mr. Mauceri is a good conductor and the orchestra performs very well. I presume that since the piece was used in an Imax film, it was appropriately recorded on a sound stage in Los Angeles.

The listing/description above for this recording is in error, as I believe that Steven Sloane conducted the World Premiere and the American Composers Orchestra commissioned the piece.

I will conclude by saying that as a fan of Oingo Boingo, Mr. Elfman has created everything from Orchestral music to rock'n'roll and maybe even some uniquely Elfmanish music. The title of this music perhaps sums it up the best.

Was this review helpful to you?  yes | no