WORKS: Music from The Color Purple, Il postino, Yentl, Out of Africa,
PERFORMER: Itzhak Perlman (violin)Pittsburgh SO/John Williams
CATALOGUE NO: SK 63005
In Cinema Serenade Itzhak Perlman and John Williams, supported by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, serve up musical highlights from Yentl to Il postino, Black Orpheus to Schindler’s List. This makes a predictably seductive compilation, which is more than can be said for Palace of the Winds, in which pianist Michael Chertock turns music from a bunch of blockbusters including Immortal Beloved into easy-listening pap. Weren’t two fellows called Rachmaninov and Beethoven discreetly involved in these soundtracks? Sure: you can find them at the end of the credits if you use a magnifying glass.