City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

The Music of Star Trek

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Silva Screen's The Music of Star Trek is emblazoned, in equal-sized typeface, as "Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra," though in very small print we learn that the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra pitches in the Alexander Courage theme for the original show and that the Daniel Caine Orchestra contributed the Jerry Goldsmith theme for the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Clearly it's the song, not the singer, that is front and center in this collection, which includes musical excerpts -- mostly end titles -- from all 11 Star Trek motion pictures and the five TV franchises. The names of conductors fall into the fine print category, as well; none of them are well known, and this disc isn't about them, it's about Star Trek. The recording quality is very friendly to the music; spacious, loud, and three-dimensional, although it should be mentioned that the performances are a tad uneven. Nic Raine's reading of the End Title for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, for example, has more of a workaday feel than does Mario Klemens in the more exciting excerpt taken from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. It is Raine who leads most of the disc, and his work, while far from being slipshod, is just a little less than crisp. Most Trekkies, probably, will not notice the difference, though some may feel a reverse warp drive effect at work in the program, as the various Star Trek properties -- both in film and television -- tended to bring back the two main corporate themes -- those by Courage and Goldsmith -- over and over again. And indeed, you hear them over and over again on this disc.

At least they spared us Gene Roddenberry's awful lyrics for the Star Trek Theme, a place where no man -- or CD -- should boldly go. As a collection of music from Star Trek, this is not bad and it certainly sounds good. But it lacks variety and has a cheap, down and dirty quality to the packaging, despite a nice overview essay on the music by journalist Michael Beek. Silva Screen's The Music of Star Trek yet seen where the credit for the orchestra contractor has a more prominent placement than the names of any of the conductors involved, and that says a lot for it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, film score
1 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, film score
2 06:32 SpotifyAmazon
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, film score
3 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
Star Trek IV, the Voyage Home, film score
4 03:35
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, film score
5 04:04 SpotifyAmazon
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, film score
6 06:31
Star Trek: Generations, film score
7 04:41
Star Trek: First Contact, film score
8 05:11
Star Trek: Insurrection, film score
9 05:06 SpotifyAmazon
Star Trek: Nemesis, film score
10 07:38
Star Trek, film score
11 04:22 SpotifyAmazon
Star Trek, television score
12 02:23
13 02:57
14 03:55
15 02:00
16 03:24
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