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The Greatest Film Scores Of Dimitri Tiomkin / Kaufman, London Symphony Orchestra

Tiomkin / Kaufman / Playfoot / Lso / Kaufman
Release Date: 08/14/2012 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 720  
Composer:  Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TIOMKIN Selections from: Cyrano de Bergerac; The Alamo; 3 The Old Man and the Sea; The Four Poster; Giant; 3 The Fall of the Roman Empire; High Noon; 2 Rawhide; 2 The High and the Mighty; 3 Dial ‘M’ for Murder; Strangers on a Train; Wild Is the Wind; 1 The Sundowners; Circus Read more World; Land of the Pharaohs; 2,3 Friendly Persuasion 1,2 Richard Kaufman, cond; 1 Whitney Claire Kaufman (voc); 2 Andrew Playfoot (voc); 3 London Voices; London S O LSO LIVE 720 (SACD: 77:05)


This new recording will be enthusiastically received by Dimitri Tiomkin fans. I am not one of them. He is the only major Golden Age composer whose music, with rare exceptions, does nothing for me. This collection is a prime example. The exceptions are the animated, spirited, even graceful Cyrano de Bergerac Overture and the powerful but somber theme from The Fall of the Roman Empire , performed here with notable restraint (which is a quality not usually associated with Tiomkin’s music). The longest selections are suites from The Alamo and Giant. The Alamo is a mediocre blockbuster with a typically noisy and hyperactive Tiomkin score, but “The Green Leaves of Summer” really is a good song featuring one of Tiomkin’s finest melodies. Giant is an excellent movie and does have one of Tiomkin’s better scores, but the music has little impact in this suite. Land of the Pharaohs, from its sappy female vocal to the raucous flutter-tongued brass and banal chorus, is (for me) unlistenable.


Tiomkin was a good songwriter. His songs contributed significantly to the marketing of his films, and with that, to the development and evolution of the song score that nearly destroyed the Hollywood tradition of large-scale orchestral scores in the 1960s. High Noon demonstrated that Tiomkin could provide intense, suspenseful underscore with a relatively small instrumental ensemble coupled with the relentless repetition of the justly famous “Do Not forsake Me.” Unfortunately, Andrew Playfoot on this recording cannot really compare to Tex Ritter on the soundtrack. The numerous other vocals really don’t work well either. Richard Kaufman is a well-known and experienced film-music conductor. He sounds like he is striving to underplay the bombast, which is not a bad thing, but he cannot conceal the fact that this is basically shallow music. The SACD sound showcases Tiomkin’s music in the best possible light. Tiomkin fans should be ecstatic.


FANFARE: Arthur Lintgen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cyrano de Bergerac: Overture by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
2.
The Alamo: Suite by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
3.
The Old Man and the Sea: Theme, Cubana and Finale by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
4.
The Four Poster: Overture by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952 
5.
Giant: Suite by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
6.
The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Fall of Love by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
7.
High Noon: Do Not Forsake Me by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
8.
Rawhide: Theme by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
9.
The High and the Mighty: Suite by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
10.
Hitchcock Suite (Dial "M" for Murder, Strangers on a Train) by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
11.
Wild Is the Wind: Theme by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
12.
The Sundowners: Theme by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
13.
Circus World: The John "Duke" Wayne March by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
14.
Land of the Pharoahs: Theme and Pharoah's Procession by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
15.
Friendly Persuasion: The Fair, Thee I Love by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Richard Kaufman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices

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