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Music From The Movies - Alwyn, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Etc / Mathieson, London So, Et Al


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 6146   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir William WaltonLouis LevyClifton ParkerWilliam Alwyn,   ... 
Performer:  Laurance TurnerSidney CrookeReginald Leopold
Conductor:  Sir William WaltonLouis LevyMuir MathiesonLeighton Lucas,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé OrchestraGaumont British Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A pungent collection with a good smattering of rarities along the way. By no means a case of all the usual suspects.


A generous slice of British film music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s in contemporary recordings.


The bustling shallow pomp of Louis Levy's Music from the Movies March. It draws on Offenbach and Coates - a curiosity. It is followed by the Spitfire Fugue played with glitter and glory by the Hallé with the composer conducting and the trembling moonlit solo violin of Laurance Turner. This is an exciting recording. Clifton Parker's 1940s Seascape was derived from music he wrote for the documentary film about convoys and the U-Boat menace in
Read more 1944. It's a lovely open-textured marine impression. Unlike Walton Alwyn had to make his own break-through happen when income from his films helped him finance the illustrious series of recordings he made of his orchestral music with Lyrita. One of his films was The Rake's Progress which is fruitily exotic - well suited to the intended locale - a coffee plantation. After a sleepy calypso there is a bustling quick rumba to banish the siesta's sleepy eyes. Lambert Williamson had no reputation outside the film world. The Last Walk is from the1937 film The Edge of the World. It is set on the Scottish island of Foula. John Greenwood wrote two symphonies but who hears them now? Waltz Into Jig is from Hungry Hill. It's a grand swaying waltz which melts into a romping jig. Somehow you don’t associate John Ireland with film music; neither did he. The Ealing Studios production. The Overlanders was a sort of Australian western. It echoes moments from Mai-Dun (2:41), Epic March and Julius Caesar. RVW's Prelude from The 49th Parallel has an unhurried and irresistibly confident majesty yet is feminine in its feel. It is a great theme. Alwyn's theme music from A Cure for Love features an easy rolling piano solo matched with a sentimental string choir. Phil Green's score for the biopic of the life of Paganini as played by Stewart Grainger (Menuhin playing the violin) takes a theme from one of the concertos and adds a sentimental overlay. Jacob's theme from Esther Waters clearly owes a drink or two to the music for Walton’s Henry V. The Derby Day cue from the same film is one of the best on the disc - its vitality and Rowlandson bustle is undeniable. Arthur Wilkinson's London Scene from the 1948 film The Weaker Sex owes a deal to West End dance-band commercialism. It's pointedly done and is very light on its feet. Frankel wrote the music for the1948 film Sleeping Car to Trieste. There's none of the toughness of his eight symphonies. This evocation of a continental train journey into romance and danger is superbly atmospheric even if the first cue does end pretty abruptly. The Waltz betrays knowledge of Prokofiev's music for Romeo and Juliet but it is skilfully done. Speaking of Prokofiev, the Classical Symphony must have been in Lambert Williamson's mind when he wrote Dinner at Lady Datchett's for the 1949 film The Woman Hater. John Veale then has four tracks allocated: three from High Tide at Noon and the Theme from The Spanish Gardener. The cues from the former are confident and florally enriched. The Theme (tr 19) is particularly fine - darkly turned at first then opening out into a decorative triumphant progress. Veale can then be heard again in the big Theme from The Spanish Gardener who is played by Dirk Bogarde. The music catches the psychological interplay that holds the tension of the story. Leighton Lucas wrote the music for The Dam Busters. His music for the serious naval melodrama The Yangtse Incident sounds a little cheeky-cheery matelot for such a serious piece and if I am not mistaken Lucas also must have had a few of Rawsthorne's signature sounds lodged in his creative springs. RVW's incidental music from The Loves of Joanna Godden is pastoral-tension and part rhapsodic progress. You can hear a more extended version in new sound from a new edition of the score on volume 3 of the RVW British film music series on Chandos.


The note which deals with the essentials is by Lewis Foreman - a safe pair of hands


This anthology has a precedent. Fleetingly available in the early 1990s there was an EMI Classics special CD of British film music of the same era CDGO 2059. There’s a slight overlap in repertoire but nothing to worry about. It was also very well documented with plenty of studio stills.


A pungent collection from the wonderful Michael J Dutton with a good smattering of rarities along the way. By no means a case of all the usual suspects.


-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire" by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Laurance Turner (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Music from the movies: March by Louis Levy
Conductor:  Louis Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gaumont British Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Western Approaches: Seascape by Clifton Parker
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
The Rake's Progress: Calypso by William Alwyn
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
The Edge of the World: The Last Walk by Lambert Williamson
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Hungry Hill: Waltz into Jig by John Greenwood
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Overlanders: Incidental music by John Ireland
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Forty-Ninth Parallel: Prelude by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
The Cure for Love: Theme by William Alwyn
Performer:  Sidney Crooke (Piano)
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
The Magic Bow: Romance by Philip Green
Performer:  Reginald Leopold (Violin)
Conductor:  Louis Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music from the Movies Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11.
Esther Waters: Theme by Gordon Jacob
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Esther Waters: Derby Day 1886 by Gordon Jacob
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
13.
The Weaker Sex: London scene by Arthur Wilkinson
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Sleeping Car to Trieste: Sleeping Car Train by Benjamin Frankel
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15.
Sleeping Car to Trieste: Waltz by Benjamin Frankel
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
16.
Woman Hater: Dinner at Lady Datchett's by Lambert Williamson
Conductor:  Muir Mathieson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
17.
High Tide at Noon: Joanna's Theme by John Veale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
18.
High Tide at Noon: Alec's Theme by John Veale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19.
High Tide at Noon: Title music by John Veale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
20.
The Spanish Gardener: Title music by John Veale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
21.
Yangtse Incident: Theme-Incidental music by Leighton Lucas
Conductor:  Leighton Lucas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
22.
The Loves of Joanna Gooden by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Ernest Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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