Various Artists

Ethnic Kaleidoscope: Music of Frank Lewin

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In the course of composing film and television soundtracks, as well as operas and incidental music for historical outdoor dramas, Frank Lewin has freely used folk melodies and traditional patriotic airs to establish moods and colorful background settings. This 2005 Albany collection consists largely of uncredited studio recordings for, among many of Lewin's projects, two television series, The Defenders and The Nurses, and several movies, including The Plot Against Harry, Nine Miles to Noon, and J.T.; only two tracks here list performers, Walter Trampler on viola d'amore in The Snowy-Breasted Pearl, and fiddler Johnny Cunningham in the closing piece, High Road to Linton. Since this CD is drawn from a variety of sources, in both ADD and DDD mixes, the sound quality is unpredictable and often deficient. Yet Lewin's quaint music seems to suffer little from this, and even seems to acquire a patina of nostalgia whenever the tape hiss or shallow sound suggest an old record. Yet these are not field recordings, so if some sound grainy or indistinct, it's only because the old tapes have not been preserved well. On the whole, though, Lewin's renditions of these old tunes work, though the album is a lot less exotic or adventurous than Ethnic Kaleidoscope might suggest.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Defenders: King of the Hill, television episode score
1
1:16
The Nurses: Threshold, television episode score
2
1:44
The Plot against Harry, film score
3
2:14
4
2:18
5
2:30
Ma Jesús, documentary film score
6
1:07
Hernando De Soto, Conquistador, incidental music
7
2:53
8
2:58
Dust On Her Petticoats, incidental music
9
2:11
The Nurses: Time for you and time for me, television episode score
10
1:43
Thieves' Carnival, incidental music
11
2:43
Music for Early America, cantata
12
1:26
Trumpet in the Land, incidental music
13
3:01
Dust On Her Petticoats, incidental music
14
2:20
Burning Bright, opera
15
0:57
J.T., television film score
16
1:56
Daphne, television film score
17
1:41
18
1:03
The Defenders: Fires of the mind, television episode score
19
2:59
The Nurses: Time for you and time for me, television episode score
20
3:20
Charlie Siringo, television film score
21
2:06
Nine miles to noon, film score
22
2:57
The Only Kid on the Block, documentary film score
23
3:13
The Defenders: A Voice Loud and Clear, television episode score
24
1:42
Espionage: The Whistling Shrimp, television episode score
25
2:27
The White Savage, incidental music
26
1:21
Burning Bright, opera
27
5:28
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