André Kostelanetz

Scarborough Fair and Other Great Movie Hits/Traces

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This Collectables two-fer spotlights a pair of late-'60s recordings by André Kostelanetz, both products of the conductor's continuing fascination with a new generation of composers. Scarborough Fair and Other Great Movie Hits is an unexpectedly charming and solid entry into the vast Kostelanetz catalog -- although its unifying Hollywood theme is flimsy at best, at least it's a theme, and the material is selected with obvious care and affection, focusing on both contemporary and classic silver-screen fare. While perennials like "Laura" and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" are tailor-made for the lush, string-sweetened Kostelanetz formula, the album truly comes to life on latter-day tunes including "Talk to the Animals" and "The Bare Necessities," which inject real energy into the otherwise dreamy arrangements and capture a childlike innocence rarely glimpsed in the conductor's otherwise staid and precise universe. Traces suffers from the anything-goes approach that undermines so many Kostelanetz efforts -- the songs are united solely by their pop chart success, and do little but soften and even dilute the original recordings. Kostelanetz certainly recognizes a pop classic when he hears one -- Traces includes the Beatles' "Fool on the Hill," Hal David and Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's in Love with You," and Jimmy Webb's "Galveston," among others -- but he doesn't always understand what makes a song great, stripping away its emotional intensity in favor of offensively inoffensive instrumental arrangements that make listening a little too easy, to the point of losing interest altogether.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:32
2 02:48
3 02:26 Amazon
4 02:33
5 02:07
6 01:48
7 02:23
8 02:02
9 02:53
10 02:27
11 01:45
12 02:00
13 02:13
14 02:17
15 01:54 Amazon
16 02:11
17 03:25 Amazon
18 02:50
19 02:35
20 02:36
21 02:39
22 02:39
23 03:21
24 02:29
25 02:55
26 02:12
27
02:24
28
02:24
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