Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Paradise Road' Soundtrack Adds Perspective to the Film

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Paradise Road' Soundtrack Adds Perspective to the Film

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Bruce Beresford, who wrote and directed "Paradise Road," first heard "vocal orchestra" music on what he describes as "a rather badly recorded tape." It was made at a memorial concert for inmates of the Sumatra prison camp, presented during the late 1980s in Australia, where Beresford hails from. This touched off the interest that would later bear fruit not only in his movie, but also a splendid new CD called "Paradise Road: Song of Survival," released by Sony Classical.

In some respects, the disc's liner notes give a less melodramatic and probably more reliable account of the vocal orchestra's history than the film provides. We learn here that the group only turned to classical music when its repertoire of popular songs ran out. It's also mentioned that the orchestra folded after more than half its members died - a fact not acknowledged by the movie until a printed statement at the very end, which seems to contradict the sentimentalized scene that closes the dramatization itself. …

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