Dr. Strangelove: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

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Dr. Strangelove: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick Review

by Steven McDonald

A tribute to Kubrick planned before his death that ended up acting almost as a memorial afterwards, this collection of score excerpts and classical pieces makes quite an impressive summary of the relationship between him and the music for his films. Composer Gerald Fried, who scored five Kubrick films, takes up the baton here, leading the COPP through suites from his five scores, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, and Lolita, as well as classical pieces associated with his films. Additional material comes from Mark Ayres, who does a terrific job with the electronic pieces and songs -- finding "Surfin' Bird" co-existing with Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again" seems both odd and perfect. More to the point, however, this disc is worth having just to have Fried's own suites (along with Laurie Johnson's "Bomb Run" music from Dr. Strangelove).

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