Scoop [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Scoop [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]


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In the movie business, where hiring the composer is generally one of the last actions in the post-production process, it is common practice for directors to shoot and cut their films to "temp" scores consisting of music they know, often well-known classical music, later to be replaced by a newly written score. Some directors even fall in love with their temp scores and use them instead, a famous example being Stanley Kubrick with 2001: A Space Odyssey. But Woody Allen, always working on modest budgets for his urban comedies and dramas, has tended to dispense with the idea of a composer from the outset, providing music for his films by rooting around in his own record collection and often coming up with 1920s jazz recordings. For his 2006 film, Scoop, Allen has turned largely to the classical realm, setting his story to old warhorses like Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake Ballet Suite," Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance," and Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1," which is the music that takes up this soundtrack album, along with a few Latin swing numbers by Xavier Cugat and Lester Lanin. One reason directors don't do this sort of thing more often is that audiences usually already have associations in their minds with existing music, particularly, say, music for a famous ballet. Of course, directors sometimes use those very associations as part of the experience of watching the film, and Allen may be doing that here. Or maybe he's just saving money. In any case, the soundtrack album to Scoop as a listening experience separate from the film comes off as simply some miscellaneous classical music with a rhumba tossed in here and there.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602498416587
catalogNumber: 000734102
Rank: 96842

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aram Khachaturian   Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Xavier Cugat   Conductor
Lester Lanin   Track Performer
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Herbert von Karajan   Conductor
Berlin Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mstislav Rostropovich   Conductor
Peter Wohlert   Conductor
Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vienna State Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Joseph Francek   Conductor
Jascha Horenstein   Conductor
Xavier Cugat Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Lester Lamin   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ernesto Nazareth   Composer
Lester Lanin   Arranger
Kathy Nelson   Music Executive
Irving Fields   Composer
Luiz Antonio   Composer
Djalma Ferreira   Composer
Albert Gamse   Composer
Meredith Friedman   Sound Coordinator
Fanny Gotschall   Art Direction
Christine Bergren   Music Business Affairs
Sheryl Gold   Music Business Affairs
Paul Altomari   Sound Coordinator
Jennifer Towle   Sound Coordinator
Chris Roberts   Contributor

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