City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

The Fantasy Album

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

An extensive collection of themes from fantasy and adventure movies through the years, Fantasy Album: Adventure and Fantasy at the Movies features renditions of music from films spanning The Highlander to The Three Worlds of Gulliver as performed by Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. While these performances don't quite measure up to the original recordings, the set does include many pieces from film's most respected composers, including John Williams' "The Raiders March" (from Raiders of the Lost Ark), Bernard Herrmann's "Prelude" (from Jason and the Argonauts), and Howard Shore's "The Fellowship" (from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring). Other highlights include Tan Dun's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon/The Eternal Vow" (from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Danny Elfman's "Main Title/Ice Dance" (from Edward Scissorhands), and Hans Zimmer's "Suite" (from Gladiator). While it may not make film score buffs as happy as a collection of the original versions of these compositions would have, Fantasy Album: Adventure and Fantasy at the Movies is still a relatively decent collection of some of film's most dramatic music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score
1 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 04:52 Amazon
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, film score
2 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:52
The Mummy, film score
3 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 02:55
The Mummy Returns, film score
4 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:24 Amazon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score
5 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:07 Amazon
Conan the Barbarian, film score
6 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus / Nic Raine 10:37
Dragonheart, film score
7 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 04:33 Amazon
Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, film score
8 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 01:59 Amazon
Mysterious Land, film score
9 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 04:13 Amazon
10 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 04:54 Amazon
Jason and the Argonauts, film score
11 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 01:58
The Valley of Gwangi, film score
12 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 07:46
The Three Worlds of Gulliver, film score
13 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 02:00 Amazon
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, film score
14 Kenneth Alwyn 04:50
The Witches of Eastwick, film score
15 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 04:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Gladiator, film score
1 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus / Nic Raine 07:17
Flesh and Blood, film score
2 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:02
Willow, film score
3 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman / Crouch End Festival Chorus 03:53
Beetlejuice, film score
4 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus / Nic Raine 02:04
Edward Scissorhands, film score
5 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus / Nic Raine 05:29
Batman, film score
6 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus / Nic Raine 12:57
Highlander, film score
7 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 04:46
The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2), film score
8 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 06:28
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, film score
9 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman / Crouch End Festival Chorus 04:59
Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra
10 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus / Nic Raine 02:46
Thief of Baghdad, suite from the film score for orchestra
11 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:17
Legend, film score
12 Jerry Goldsmith / National Philharmonic Orchestra 07:14
Raiders of the Lost Ark, film score
13 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:30
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