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 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

Don't recall seeing anyone posting, but Chandos have a 25% sale off all their film music titles until 31 July 2020 for anyone wanting to fill some gaps in their collection of Rozsa, Herrmann, Korngold, Addison, Alwyn, Goodwin and a whole slew of other British film composers and a lot of other titles I'd never come across before:

https://www.chandos.net/specialoffers?utm_source=Chandos+Records+Ltd&utm_campaign=82be3106e7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_26_11_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a5c589e977-82be3106e7-8700861

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Thanks for the heads up.

Does anyone have any particular recommendations from this collection?

Or any 'must avoid'? I've heard their 'Film Music of Miklos Rosza' isn't loved by some.

I'm rather partial to the Christopher Gunning set.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)

Thanks for the heads up.

Does anyone have any particular recommendations from this collection?

Or any 'must avoid'? I've heard their 'Film Music of Miklos Rosza' isn't loved by some.

I'm rather partial to the Christopher Gunning set.

Cheers


Gerad Schurmann is highly recommended.

What's the beef with the Rozsa? I was considering that + the Gunning and RR Bennett.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Thank you for the heads up. I've grabbed a few more to nearly complete my collection of the 'Film Music of' series. Now I just need to wait for the Shostakovich vol. 3 to be back in stock.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

I adore the Chandos Film Music Series! I have said this here several times before and (since I have them all) I will try again to give you some thoughts:

First and foremost, the sound is huge. I mean these recordings are made right in your face. The BBC Orchestra performance is robust and the music blasts from your speakers. Rumon Gamba's conducting is bold and free from subtleties.

The most important thing (and I presume this was a deliberate decision) is that these recordings sound like "modern recordings". Their overall feeling is more akin to Murray Gold's Dr. Who scores, than to any of the original recordings.

That said, I believe this is exactly what Golden Age "purists" find annoying, because the perception is quite different. These are not like the Charles Gerhardt recordings, just for the sake to try make a comparison.

Plus, there are some noticeable liberties taken on details like dynamics, tempo, and even interpretation, including combinations of musical phrases (whole parts within a Suite are different than the way we might be previously accustomed).

So again, if you are open to this kind of more "modern" interpretation, then you will like these Series as much as I do.

However, if you are stuck with the "old" classic feeling, then you might find these unfaithful at best.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I agree with batman&robin, these are absolutely great. I have a few of them, but by no means all. If I'd still bought CDs, there are quite a few here I would have picked up.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   chriscoyle   (Member)

I love the 49th Parallel. The liner notes state that Vaughan Williams was 68 when he composed it, his first film score. He mentioned to Authur Benjamin his desire to compose for films who relayed the message to Muir Mathieson. And from Steven Smith’s book Herrmann was a big fan of Williams. Very pastoral and beautiful.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 3:42 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Thank for the heads up again. Had the Herrmann and Rozsa set in mind.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   martyn.crosthwaite   (Member)

Thanks for the heads up.

Does anyone have any particular recommendations from this collection?

All releases with the exception of the Stanley Black CD suffer from same problem which is that the highs are too high and the lows too low which translated means the listener is constantly having to alter the volume control and I mean 'constantly'.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Bennett, Goodwin, Addison, Malcolm Arnold were all fantastic... and Vaughn Williams too... and I've had no problem with Gunning either.

I still have a plenty of catching up to do... and now is the perfect opprortunity.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Wide dynamic range is a good thing -- though obviously not suited to listening in automobiles or other noisy environments. Chandos's sound is almost universally lauded. The Rozsa film music album is fine, though it contains mostly familiar repertory. I recommend Gamba's three albums of Rozsa's concert music. One of them contains the only recording of the unabridged Theme, Variations, and Finale. (You know, the one with the "Superman" variation.)

I believe Gamba's Scott of the Antarctic has been superseded by an SACD on Dutton Epoch that contains previously unknown music that was never used in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

Thanks for the heads up.

Does anyone have any particular recommendations from this collection?

Or any 'must avoid'? I've heard their 'Film Music of Miklos Rosza' isn't loved by some.

I'm rather partial to the Christopher Gunning set.

Cheers



The Film Music of Brian Easedale is a beautiful listen! And not just the Red Shoes......

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)


Or any 'must avoid'? I've heard their 'Film Music of Miklos Rosza' isn't loved by some.


I don't understand the reluctance. Most of the repertoire is of course familiar and it's a valid question whether you need yet another recording of it. On the other hand, you get one of only two commercially released recordings of the "Sahara" suite and the "Jungle Book" suite may very well be the best recording available (in terms of performance and sound quality) for as long as Sony refuses to release the music-only tracks of the RCA Living Stereo recording. The Chandos album is an overall enjoyable album with great performances and stellar audiophile sound quality. I just would have preferred something else than "Ben-Hur".

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

"Thank you" from me, too, Tom ... just when I thought I'd stop spending!

I've opted to buy the remaining 7 from the series The Film Music of ... but there are plenty of other discs in their library I want to own ...

I acknowledge the comments re: sound levels and have found, as with classical music, improvements in home Hi-Fi bring vast benefits. Of the recordings I already own, only the Ron Goodwin collection gives me pause to consider ... and not every track. Just as with re-recordings of works of any of our favourite composers, they don't sound quite right and in this case, some of them are off-mark (e.g. Miss Marple Theme).

But just as, with classical works, you have to accept that each recording will be different. Accept and enjoy - these are wonderful albums which, for me, get better as I get to know them (rather than find I'm getting bored with them).
Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)


Or any 'must avoid'? I've heard their 'Film Music of Miklos Rosza' isn't loved by some.


I don't understand the reluctance. Most of the repertoire is of course familiar and it's a valid question whether you need yet another recording of it. On the other hand, you get one of only two commercially released recordings of the "Sahara" suite and the "Jungle Book" suite may very well be the best recording available (in terms of performance and sound quality) for as long as Sony refuses to release the music-only tracks of the RCA Living Stereo recording. The Chandos album is an overall enjoyable album with great performances and stellar audiophile sound quality. I just would have preferred something else than "Ben-Hur".


I think JB needs its text. It's a "Suite for Narrator and Orchestra." Alternatively, it could use some editing to avoid repetitions. But I agree that Gamba's is the best performance in the most luxurious sound.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

The Korngold sounds very good so I’m grabbing that.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)



All releases with the exception of the Stanley Black CD suffer from same problem which is that the highs are too high and the lows too low which translated means the listener is constantly having to alter the volume control and I mean 'constantly'.


That's what I discovered when I got the Schurmann last year.
I loved the music, but struggled to hear it over on the system and in the environment I listen to 99.9% of my collection on.

Today I grabbed the Rozsa, the Gunning, and the Bennett. While all of them still had a wider than average dynamic range, none seemed quite as extreme as the Schurmann did. Closer than not though.

I ended up sitting here listening to them all, with no AC on and having a good sweat, because any ambient noise would have stepped all over them.
As long as I can keep the noise floor almost nonexistent, these are as lush and delicious an aural treat as any I've ever heard. Loved all three of 'em.

With the Rozsa, I picked it up primarily for the Jungle Book and Sahara.
I was planning on getting the Tadlow Ben-hur sometime in the next few months and don't currently have any of that music on anything, so I'm one of the few people who doesn't mind it's inclusion here at all. I thought if anything the sampling here might satiate my "need" for the full score, but it's only serving to make me want the whole shebang asap.

I have to be more circumspect with my finances going forward, but I would love to get a few more before the month is over. Black, Vaughn Williams, Addison, Easdale...they all sound wonderful.

At about $3 US off on each, it's like buy 3 get 1 free. Hard to say no that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   spiderich   (Member)

Could someone link to the shipping charges, please? I couldn't find it.

Richard G.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 9:15 PM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)

I'm in the US.
It looks like four CDs will ship for £7.90, but on five CDs the shipping jumps up to £13.70.

however there is this caveat on the order page-

"Delivery Charges

To make sure you pay the minimum delivery charges we will work these out after we have processed the order through packing. The most appropriate delivery method will be selected for your order and the cost added to your final payment. For this reason you may see duplicate transactions on your payment card with different amounts. If you have any questions please contact our sales team."

So I'm not sure what the hell the shipping charges actually will be.

Fortunately I'm perfectly fine with the downloads.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   spiderich   (Member)

I'm in the US.
It looks like four CDs will ship for £7.90, but on five CDs the shipping jumps up to £13.70.

however there is this caveat on the order page-

"Delivery Charges

To make sure you pay the minimum delivery charges we will work these out after we have processed the order through packing. The most appropriate delivery method will be selected for your order and the cost added to your final payment. For this reason you may see duplicate transactions on your payment card with different amounts. If you have any questions please contact our sales team."

So I'm not sure what the hell the shipping charges actually will be.

Fortunately I'm perfectly fine with the downloads.


Hmm, rather confusing.
But thanks!

Richard G.

 
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