Excellent re-recording of a strong score for an almost forgotten film from 1981.
Producers James Fitzpatrick of Tadlow, Luc Van de Ven of Prometheus Records and conductor Nic Raine offer another great cd for orchestral film music fans, after the previous efforts of "The Alamo, Conan the Barbarian & The Destroyer, The Fall of The Roman Empire, and Quo Vadis.
Conductor Nic Raine leads the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in a tour de force of more than 40 minutes of music.
Jerry Goldsmith's score for "The Salamanders" is built up on 3 elements: a four-note motif, a three-note rhytmic figure and a beautiful and tender love theme (orchestrated for vibraphone, accordion, violas and harp).
The only choral cue (Funeral: Requem for a General) is an interesting paraphrase of the "Lachrymosa" in Mozart's Requiem:
Goldsmith adds his own touch using a trumpet countermelody.
The composer's standard orchestra is augmenter with synthetized percussions and in one cue (The Torture) there is also a passage of eerie electronic sounds.
Because the original scores and parts were missing, arranger Leigh Phillips had to reconstruct the complete score "by ear", whatching and listening carefully to the DVD of the movie: the result is of course superlative.
As extra, the cd offers two concert suites from the scores of "The Cassandra Crossing" and "Ransom".
Excellent audio quality and rich booklet notes complete this wonderful cd.