New Varèse CD Club Releases
Bill Conti's Gloria, with a fantastic sax performance has been a favorite of some (although some others still cringle when they hear Conti's music), it's a nice work, full of thematic material.
Surely the one that will end up as being the best-seller of this bunch, Chris Young's An Unfinished Life is just a gorgeous work that was sadly replaced by a score ((admittedly good in its own right) by Debbie Lurie. This is one of those unique chances to listen to a composer sadly underrated, although he does have a certain following.
The War of the Roses/The Sandlot, are just two of David Newman's most enjoyable efforts, lighthearted (with a mean streak particularly on War of the Roses), deserving of many repeated listenings.
But surely, the icing on the cake, and the one expected not to do as well as the others is Alfi Kabiljo's Sky Bandits, a full symphonic excercise filled with melody and very rich moments. But who is this Alfi Kabiljo, you may ask? Born in 1935, the Croatian composer has been on the industry since 1965 and even studied under Randolph Matz, after quitting on Architecture. He has been awarded several times, including the Porin Lifetime Achievement Award. Alfi is quite unique in his music approach and you definitely should give this one a go.
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