This orchestra comprising musicians from the Czech National Theatre and the State Opera hails from the Film Symphony Orchestra which was the in-house orchestra put together for Barrandov Film Studios in Czechoslovakia in 1947 after WWII. It later became privatised and was known as the Czech Symphony Orchestra but due to authorisation problems with the name they were renamed the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra by the producer James Fitzpatrick in 1992 after the Velvet Revolution.
Internationally acclaimed for their recordings that range from classical to film soundtracks, they perform on around 250 recordings each year and have given many international tours and festival appearances. They have been heard on numerous soundtracks within the movie and television industry such as Dune, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Portrait of a Lady, Phantom of the Opera and The Ninth Gate , as well as many compilations of music from the silver screen.
They are also the in-house orchestra for the German Klassik Radio.
Paul Anka recordings
The Longest Day March
Silva STD 5023 (CD: Cinema Century 2000)
Conductor – Paul Bateman