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The Film Music Of John Addison / Gamba, Et Al


Release Date: 06/26/2007 
Label:  Chandos Movies Catalog #: 10418   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John AddisonJohn Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dazzling and dynamic playing from the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Chandos sonics have never sounded more all-embracing. An outstanding addition to the distinguished Chandos film music series.

Even if you've never before encountered John Addison's name, you've probably heard his film and television scores. Many of his title themes flaunt stylistic pastiche yet manage to hit the nail on the head in terms of character, mood, and story line. No matter how jaunty and uplifting the tunes, Addison always adds a twist of irony, such as the bent notes in I Was Monty's Double, or the allusions to Wagner's Liebestod in the middle of Sleuth, or the dry, chattery wind and brass counterpoint in Brandy for the Parson. Perhaps
Read more Addison's best-known score is the miniature piano concerto underneath the credits in Murder, She Wrote--and you could hardly imagine a more appropriate score. The spooky, sparse dissonances that begin the selection from Torn Curtain evolve into a sweeping, richly scored tune. In addition to short title themes, there are four extended pieces drawn from Addison's scores to Swashbuckler, A Bridge Too Far, Strange Invaders, and The Charge of the Light Brigade. While the performances by Rumon Gamba and the BBC Concert Orchestra are all that anyone could wish, the cavernous sound sometimes blurs details in extremely rapid or thickly orchestrated passages.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Charge of the Light Brigade: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
2.
I Was Monty’s Double: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Brandy for the Parson: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Torn Curtain: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Touch and Go: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Sleuth: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Murder, She Wrote: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Carlton-Browne of the F.O: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Centennial: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Swashbuckler: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Strange Invaders: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Reach for the Sky: Main Theme by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Written: 1956 
13.
Reach for the Sky: Main Theme by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Written: 1956 
14.
The Maggie: Excerpt(s) by John Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
15.
I was Monty's Double: March by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1958 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
16.
Centennial: Main Theme by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1978 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
17.
Swashbuckler: Suite by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1976 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
18.
A Bridge Too Far by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
19.
The Maggie: Song of the Maggie by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
20.
Reach for the Sky by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
21.
Strange Invaders by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1983 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
22.
The Man Between by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1953; England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
23.
Tom Jones: Overture by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1963 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
24.
The Charge of the Light Brigade: Suite by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
25.
Brandy for the Parson: Opening Titles by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1951 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
26.
Torn Curtain: Main Titles by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1953; England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
27.
Touch and Go: Mirror Waltz by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1955 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
28.
Sleuth: Overture by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
29.
Carlton-Brown of the F.O.: March by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1958 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
30.
Murder, She Wrote: Main Theme by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1984; England 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 
31.
Brandy for the Parson: Closing Titles by John Mervin Addison
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1951 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, London, England 
Notes: The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (10/04/2006 - 10/05/2006) 

Sound Samples

I was Monty's Double: March
Centennial: Main Theme
Swashbuckler: Suite
A Bridge Too Far
The Maggie: Song of the Maggie
Reach for the Sky
Strange Invaders
The Man Between: Berlin Story
Tom Jones: Overture
The Charge of the Light Brigade: Suite
Brandy for the Parson: Opening Titles
Brandy for the Parson: End Titles
Torn Curtain: Main Titles
Touch and Go: Mirror Waltz
Sleuth: Overture
Carlton-Browne of the F.O.: March
Murder, She Wrote: Main Theme

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