Richard Addinsell

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Born: January 13, 1904; Oxford, England   Died: November 14, 1977; London, England  
A prolific composer of theater and film music, Richard Addinsell is now remembered as a one-hit wonder, the composer of the lush, faux-Rachmaninov one-movement Warsaw Concerto for piano and orchestra. Addinsell studied law at Oxford and, briefly (1925-1926), music at the Royal College of Music in London. He wrote his first theater score for Clemence Dane's Come of Age or Adam's Opera in 1928; Addinsell continued collaborating with Dane until her Read more death in 1965. After a break in 1929 for study in Berlin and Vienna, Addinsell returned to London and the theater. Eva La Gallienne asked him to score her production of Alice in Wonderland (another Dane project) in 1933. After that, Addinsell continued to write off and on for the stage, but he focused more on film music, scoring such classics as Goodbye Mr. Chips, A Tale of Two Cities, Blithe Spirit, Fire Over England, and Dark Journey, as well as a number of patriotic English documentaries during World War II. Addinsell's most enduring contribution to the repertory, the Warsaw Concerto, was embedded in his score for Dangerous Moonlight (released in the United States as Suicide Squadron). From 1942 Addinsell took occasional time out from his movie work to collaborate with Joyce Grenfell on songs for such London West End revues as Tuppence Colored and Penny Plain, and later for Grenfell's one-woman shows. Read less
The Film Music Of Richard Addinsell
Release Date: 03/25/2003   Label: Chandos Movies  
Catalog: 10046   Number of Discs: 1
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    Provocative Piano, Vols. I & Ii
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allen Barclay,  Francis Craig,  Frédéric Chopin,  Joseph Kosma  ... 
    Performer:  Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
    Conductor:  Dick Hyman
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    Piano In Hollywood - The Classic Movie Concertos / Rodriguez
    Label: Elan Recordings   Catalog: 82268 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Ward,  Stanley Myers,  Hubert Bath,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Santiago Rodriguez
    Conductor:  William Hudson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Cinema Classics
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5202 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Elmer Bernstein,  Miklós Rózsa,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Ronnie Aldrich,  Russ Conway
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Al Caiola,  Ken Jones,  Billy Vaughn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Dreamers
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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik,  La Pieta  ... 
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    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Great British Composers, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5195 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Haydn Wood,  Frederic Curzon,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Johnson,  Charles Williams,  Frederic Curzon,  Muir Mathieson  ... 
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    Essential British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40306 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Susan Graham,  Maurice André,  Jane Parker-Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Alexander Briger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Emmanuelle Haďm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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  • 8.
    Living For Pleasure / Original London Cast
    Label: Stage Door Import   Catalog: 2219009 Release Date: 09/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell
    Performer:  Daniel Massey,  Janie Marden,  Patience Collier,  Dora Bryan
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    100 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27315 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Hugh Bean,  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    50 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27359 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Williamson,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Peter Stevens  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
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    British Light Music Premieres, Vol. 6
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7283 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Hedges,  Alun Hoddinott,  Philip Lane,  Carey Blyton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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  • 12.
    Time Traveller - Wartime Britain
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79012 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Cecil Armstrong Gibbs,  Richard Addinsell,  Walter Kent  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Adni,  Vera Lynn,  Noel Coward,  Al Bowlly  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir William Walton,  Vivian Dunn,  Kenneth Alwyn,  Tony Osborne  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Hollywood
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 17 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Moross,  Bernard Herrmann,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Phil Todd,  Roderick Elms
    Conductor:  Royal Philharmonic Orches,  José Serebrier
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  • 14.
    Nettle & Markham In England
    Label: Netmark   Catalog: 200 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jeremy Nicholas,  Noel Gay  ... 
    Performer:  David Nettle,  Richard Markham
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Pianist In The Spotlight
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5173 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Craig,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Marvin Fisher,  David Rose  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Williams,  Paul Weston,  George Shearing,  David Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Williams,  Paul Weston,  Billy May,  David Rose  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Billy Mayerl Rhythm Ensemble,  Pall Mall Revellers,  Carroll Gibbons & His Boy Friends
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    Classical Piano
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60213 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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    Best Of British - The Nation's Favourite Classical Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31600 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gustav Holst,  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Robert Cohen,  Paul Beniston,  Mair Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley,  Simon Rattle,  Norman Del Mar,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi of England
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  • 18.
    The Classical #1's
    Label: Aao Music   Catalog: 22092 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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  • 19.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music - The Hall Of Fame, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5162 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nacio Herb Brown,  Victor Herbert,  Ron Goodwin,  José Belmonte  ... 
    Performer:  William Hill-Bowen
    Conductor:  Buddy Bregman,  Percy Faith,  David Carroll,  Philip Green  ... 
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  • 20.
    Warsaw Concerto - Virtuoso Piano Music / Vasary, Richter, Szidon, Goodman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469590 Release Date: 10/21/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Szidon,  Tamás Vásáry,  Isador Goodman,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Edward Downes,  János Kulka,  Felix Prohaska,  Patrick Thomas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue;  Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto; Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411123 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Addinsell,  Henry Charles Litolff,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Dichter
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto; Gershwin, Litolff / Goodman
    Label: Philips Concert Classics   Catalog: 422471 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  George Gershwin,  Henry Charles Litolff,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Isador Goodman
    Conductor:  Patrick Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Concertos Under The Stars / Pennario, Dragon, Hollywood Bowl
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63661 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Addinsell,  Franz Liszt,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto;  Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414348 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Henry Charles Litolff,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz
    Conductor:  Moshe Atzmón
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet - The Movie Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 428419 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alex North,  Michael Nyman,  Dario Marianelli,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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