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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2012 edited
    I'd say that this is one of the most important film score releases of the year!

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    WINGS: LIMITED EDITION LLLCD 1206
    Music by J.S. Zamecnik
    Arranged and Orchestrated by Dominik Hauser
    Limited Edition of 2000 Units
    RETAIL PRICE: $19.98


    In honor of Paramount Pictures' 100th Anniversary, La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures present J.S. Zamecnik's original score, arranged and orchestrated by Dominik Hauser, to the very first Academy Award for Best Picture, the sensational 1927 WWI-set epic drama/adventure WINGS, starring Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, and directed by William A. Wellman. When it was decided to restore the classic WINGS for the studio's centennial, Paramount Pictures commissioned a new arrangement of J.S. Zamecnik's original score (originally played live to picture) to be newly recorded for the film. A prolific composer for films during the silent era, this release marks the very first time that an album’s worth of any Zamecnik score has ever been recorded and released. Hauser brings Zamecnik's original score, rich in dramatic, romantic and action material, (as well as peppered with classical compositions), to life in all of its robust, thematic splendor. This music, much like the film's phenomenal aerial sequences, simply soars to exciting heights. Produced by Dan Goldwasser, with music and album assembly produced by Jeannie Gayle Pool and Dominik Hauser, and mastered by James Nelson, this special release is limited to 2000 units. Jeannie Gayle Pool, who was asked to produce this full score restoration for Paramount, brings you behind the scenes of that process in her in-depth liner notes. What better way to commemorate a historic film restoration than to release a piece of film music history!

    TRACK LISTING:

    1. Overture; Main Title; Love Theme Wings; Knights and Ladies* (2:53)
    2. A Small Town; Mary Preston Had Always; Mary Raises Finger (2:10)
    3. Sylvia and Dave in the Swing; Bon Vivant+; Close Up of Mary (1:32)
    4. Youth Laughed (0:24)
    5. In Military Camp+; Put Your Moniker (1:40)
    6. Ode to Spring*; She’s My Girl; If You’d Seen His Look (2:27)
    7. The Revolving Machine; Comedian Taken Out (:41)
    8. Hurry #2+; You’re Game (1:37)
    9. Intermezzo+; Chanson+; Intermezzo+; Aviator White; Air Flight* (2:52)
    10. Change of Scene; Comedian Seen; Crusaders* (1:58)
    11. Allegro Furioso (0:32)
    12. Count Von Kellermann; L’istesso Tempo; A Midsummer Night’s Dream+; Second Airplane on Fire; Air Flight* (4:07)
    13. Storm+; English Trenches (3:08)
    14. Giant Gotha; Grandioso; Soldiers Marching; Escorted By; Over There+; Darktown Strutters’ Ball+ (3:05)
    15. Close Up of Mary; Germans Seen (:42)
    16. Storm+; Incidental Symphonies #3+; Running Out of Gas (3:24)
    17. Right after Crash; A Midsummer Night’s Dream+; Say That’s the Shooting Star (:45)
    18. French General Kisses (1:20)
    19. Cabaret Capers+; I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles; Cabaret Capers+ (2:58)
    20. Mary Walks to the Table; No War Drinking Song; When Yankee Doodle Learned to Parlez-Vous+; Mary Enters; I Understand; They Turn Away; Dress to Impress (4:39)
    21. The Cobbler and the Fairy+; Another Close Up of Mary (1:22)
    22. It’s Sylvia I Love; Jack Stoops Down (2:15)
    23. Incidental Symphonies #5+ (1:22)
    24. Behind the Enemy; Daybreak; Battle Music+ (1:57)
    25. Airplanes Start (1:50)
    26. Les Preludes+ (1:22)
    27. The Tempest+; Sicilian Vespers+; Battle Music; Far in the Enemy; Dave Crawls on Ground; Storm+; Soldiers Run (5:03)
    28. One Plane; Jack! Jack!; Jack Shooting (2:44)
    29. After Crash; Change of Scene; Disperazione; Don’t Go; My Buddy+ (6:12)
    30. The Flying Ace+ (1:12)
    31. Romanza Senza Parole+; Mother Close Up; Mary Seen at Fence (6:10)
    32. Jack’s Theme+ (1:03)

    Total Album Time: 76:27

    All selections Sony/ATV Harmony (ASCAP), unless otherwise indicated.
    +Published by Paramount Allegra Music
    *Published by WB Music Corp.

    http://www.lalalandrecords.com/Wings.html
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  1. Is this played by live orchestra?
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  2. Listening to the clips the music sounds quite synth-y.

    Also, the music featured on the clips isn't of a style I particularly like.

    An interesting release though - maybe released as part of the deal struck for the forthcoming (still as yet unconfirmed) Star Trek: The Motion Picture?
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
    Here's what producer Dan Godwasser said about the orchestra.

    The score was recorded by an ensemble of AFM musicians here in Los Angeles.

    16 violins
    9 violas
    4 trumpets
    4 trombones
    7 soloists (piano/flute/oboe/violin/cello/trumpet/trombone)


    I then asked if the percussion was sampled. And if there any other instruments sampled.

    Like you Alan I thought that some of the orchestral parts were performed by samples.

    Waiting for an answer on that one.

    -Erik-
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  3. Thanks for asking the question Erik.
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  4. And I have just seen the answer.
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  5. Although it seems that the score has been recorded using a significant number of "live" musicians it certainly sounds synth-y. Maybe the name Dominik Hauser predisposed me to hearing synths?
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
    Same here, Alan, but actually only after I heard the samples (the name did ring a bell, but I only put two and two together when I noticed the synth-like sound).

    I found the synth-like production extremely harrowing.
    With that amount of live musicians, either the sound samples were poorly chosen or encoded or the production is way off (for live recordings).

    While I'm wildly enthused about releasing the score, newly recorded even, to such an excellent landmark classic film, the sound is so distracting that I will not be picking this CD up. I just wouldn't enjoy it. sad
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
  6. Until this release I had never heard of the composer nor the film - and I wouldn't class myself as someone completely ignorant of this particular era of film scoring. From the clips I heard, the music sounds like a collection of stock library cues from the era.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012 edited
    Yes, I think the film deserves a lot more plaudits than the score does, or the composer.
    Much as I enjoy and applaud the rerecording and rereleasing of old scores (indeed even from the very beginning of cinematography), to me this is musically hardly a highlight.
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012
    I just got my review copy in the mail.
    Tom
    listen to more classical music!
  7. I will be interested to hear your opinion on the balance between the merits of doing an important historical score (is this one even one of those?) versus a score of any quality.

    I have not heard this but am interested in this aspect.
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
    I can tell you that Wings was the first film to receive the Academy Award for best picture. That along with its run of 63 continuous weeks at the Criterion theater in New York does place historical significance to the film.
    Tom
    listen to more classical music!
  8. I am sure the film is of historical significance, but the score may not have the same level of importance.
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
    FalkirkBairn wrote
    I am sure the film is of historical significance, but the score may not have the same level of importance.


    agree
    listen to more classical music!
  9. It's interesting thumbing through a few of the film music books I have that Zamecnik is mentioned in several of them, not for his score for Wings, but for his anthology of 25 pieces for piano, the "Sam Fox Moving Picture" series of cue music compiled in 1913.

    It features cues such as "Festival March", "Indian Music", "Hurry Music (for struggles)", "Hurry Music (for mob or fire scenes)", etc.

    Zamecnik was a composer of original scores for movies (e.g., Wings) but there's no mention of it as a stand-out score of the time. It is interesting to read La-La Land's PR piece that the music was re-recorded in order to celebrate an anniversary related to the film rather than for the music.

    Has anyone actually heard the CD? Tom?
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
    I've listened to it twice
    listen to more classical music!