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Album Review

Reynold Da Silva's Silva Screen Records specializes in new recordings of film scores, frequently ones that never had soundtrack albums. That is emphatically not the case here, which leads producer/conductor James Fitzpatrick to ask himself, "as there are already original soundtrack albums available for all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies...why the need for a 'highlights' CD?" Fitzpatrick's answer is that he and his orchestrators were trying to create suites from the three films that could be played in a concert hall by an orchestra. Why couldn't they be played that way as is? Apparently because the modern soundtrack is such a combination of "orchestra, samples, ethnic percussion and keyboards," and needs to be adapted. This is true even of the highly orchestrated scores of these movies composed by Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and his mentor, Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) that evoke, and to some extent make fun of, the cinematic swashbucklers of old. "The Pirates film trilogy is unashamedly overscored," writes annotator Glen Aitken, and he doesn't mean that as a criticism. After all, this is a film franchise based on a theme-park ride, and one need only call to mind the image of actor Johnny Depp as the loopy Captain Jack Sparrow in the lead role to appreciate the tone the movies take. Badelt and Zimmer explored that tone in their thrilling, over-the-top, and occasionally under-the-table music, which is played here by the 85-piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with the appropriate zest. One can only hope that Fitzpatrick gets his wish and that this music finds its way into the repertoire of pops orchestras the world over.

Customer Reviews

what's with the extra sound effects and missing notes?

Yay for City of Prague Philharmonic for attempting to reproducing the masterful work of Klaus Baldet and Hans Zimmer. But, I personally do not like the extra sound effects they add in (ex. bells, snaps, tapping,loud old men's voices, etc.) Also, I was a little (ok, really) disappointed to hear many of Hans Zimmer's signature rhythms replaced with simpler ones. It takes away the whole "piratey" feel that gives songs like The Jack Sparrow Suite its style. You can take or leave my opinion, but I think it's best to stick with the original sound track because it has everything Zimmer wanted in it. Nothing more, nothing less.


I Love soundtracks, and I also love soudtracks that have beene redone very good.

Cant get any better

You really cant get any better than this...the music in this movie rocked and that makes this soundtrack awesome

Music from the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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