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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2022 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

With sincere apologies if this upcoming new SACD/CD/Etc. release on the Chandos label has already been discussed:

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%205294

Track List:

Title of Album: Hollywood Soundstage
Orchestra: Sinfonia of London
Conductor: John Wilson

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD
1. Overture from 'The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex' (1939)
7:19
Orchestrated by Hugo Wilhelm Friedhofer and Milan Roder

DAVID RAKSIN
2. Theme from 'Laura' (1944)
5:37
Orchestrated by David Raksin; Andy Wood trombone

HERBERT STOTHART / HAROLD ARLEN
3. Suite from 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939) for Orchestra
11:08
Orchestrated by George Bassman, Murray Cutter and Leo Arnaud

FREDERICK LOEWE
4. Transylvanian March and Embassy Waltz from 'My Fair Lady' (1956)
3:18
Orchestrated by Alexander Courage

MAX STEINER
5. Suite from 'Now, Voyager' (1942) for Orchestra
14:34
Orchestrated by Hugo Wilhelm Friedhofer

JOHNNY MANDEL
6. Main Title from 'The Sandpiper' (1965)
4:41
Orchestrated by Johnny Mandel; Michael Lovatt trumpet

FRANZ WAXMAN
premiere recording
7. Suite from 'Rebecca' (1940) for Orchestra
7:34
Orchestrated by Leonid V. Raab

ALFRED NEWMAN
8. Street Scene from 'How to Marry a Millionaire' (1953)
6:04
Orchestrated by Edward B. Powell

Total time: 60:15

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2022 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Film Music Forever   (Member)

Thanks for the 'heads up'. I just listened to the samples and I really liked what I heard. I will be purchasing the download when it is released.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2022 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

John Wilson is making great recordings. His performance (also with the Sinfonia of London) of Korngold's Symphony is the best I've heard. And his Korngold Violin Concerto (with Andrew Haveron, violin) is now my joint first choice, alongside the excellent Ehnes/Vancouver version.
Wilson (John) isn't to be confused with Wilson (Allan) who has done some recordings for Intrada.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2022 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

When they label the REBECCA recording as a "premiere recording," I guess they mean of that particular suite. Both Marco Polo (1990) and Varese (2002) did extensive recordings of the score (71 and 54 minutes, respectively).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2022 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

When they label the REBECCA recording as a "premiere recording," I guess they mean of that particular suite.

That's usually what it means, yes. It's pretty common to see "premiere recording" with the implication of "in this version".

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2022 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   waxmanman35   (Member)

...
ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD
1. Overture from 'The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex' (1939)
7:19
Orchestrated by Hugo Wilhelm Friedhofer and Milan Order


Milan Roder was the other orchestrator.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2022 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

...
ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD
1. Overture from 'The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex' (1939)
7:19
Orchestrated by Hugo Wilhelm Friedhofer and Milan Order


Milan Roder was the other orchestrator.


I've updated the spelling! Thank you.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2022 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

CD due for release this forthcoming Friday, according to a very nice review of it from politician-turned-music-critic David Mellor in yesterday's Mail on Sunday newspaper.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2022 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   chriscoyle   (Member)

I ordered this. Looking forward to Rebecca, Wizard of Oz. I don’t see have the overture to Private Lives can be 7 minutes but interested in that too.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

Prestoclassical is currently having a sale on Chandos titles which makes this really a bargain.

At first, I was very sceptical about this release because it's mostly warhorse repertory. But the "Now Voyager" and "The Wizard Of Oz" suites make this a worthwile album. It's also great to hear the other titles beautfully performed and in sublime sound quality.

Maybe we can hope for a follow-up volume. What I'm waiting for is that somebody throws in the 1934 "Cleopatra" suite which was performed at one of Paramount's Anniversary events, but not recorded (at least not released).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Presto Music has made this their "Recording of the Week". Here is a link to their review:

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/4880--recording-of-the-week-john-wilson-conducts-music-from-hollywoods-golden-age

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Richard May   (Member)

I have this release and I'm glad I've got it. Got to listen it on my hifi to be sure it's got what I regard as the "right" sound - some John Wilson releases are amazing but some less so.

Possibly worth mentioning that this is a slightly amended Wizard of Oz suite. Previously John Maurceri has released a lengthy Oz suite on two different Hollywood Bowl CDs. This has the MGM lion roar over-dubbed and a choir.

Hopefully this release will do well and it'll spur Chandos to fund further recordings.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


Possibly worth mentioning that this is a slightly amended Wizard of Oz suite. Previously John Maurceri has released a lengthy Oz suite on two different Hollywood Bowl CDs. This has the MGM lion roar over-dubbed and a choir.





I have to say I prefer the Mauceri version. Having got used to that one, the Wilson sounds a bit bare without the Ken Darby chorus arrangements. I think the overall performance has more fantasy about it too.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Laurent-Watteau   (Member)

When they label the REBECCA recording as a "premiere recording," I guess they mean of that particular suite.

That's usually what it means, yes. It's pretty common to see "premiere recording" with the implication of "in this version".


It's explained in the article John McMasters pointed us to :

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/4880--recording-of-the-week-john-wilson-conducts-music-from-hollywoods-golden-age

"Every single piece is given the respect it deserves, and Wilson is never content just to go along with any performing traditions that might have accrued over the years. Case in point: this Rebecca suite is billed as a premiere recording, and that is because, instead of using the standard version in which a lot of the orchestration has been altered and simplified for use in concert programmes, Wilson has gone back to the manuscripts and restored the original instrumentation that Waxman's orchestrator, Leonid Raab, had prepared for the film. A lot of the differences are arguably subtle, but there's a real thrill from hearing the "authentic" orchestration in such glorious sound."

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

NICE! I always like to see the original orchestrations restored.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

Although I'm a huge fan of Mr Wilson I was unexpectedly disappointed with this CD. Personally, I feel most of the tracks receive better and richer performances elsewhere. Maybe I would have got more from it had the orchestra been JW's own hand-picked ensemble?

However, what has provided me with much mirth is the typo I've only just spotted in the first post. It's probably just me being very silly, but for some reason, "How To Mary A Millionaire" makes me chuckle every time I read it!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   Laurent-Watteau   (Member)

It's probably just me being very silly, but for some reason, "How To Mary A Millionaire" makes me chuckle every time I read it!

Yes, you're right, there is a typo. With current inflation, it should be : "How to Mary a Billionaire" big grin

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

It's probably just me being very silly, but for some reason, "How To Mary A Millionaire" makes me chuckle every time I read it!

Yes, you're right, there is a typo. With current inflation, it should be : "How to Mary a Billionaire" big grin


Or to quote an I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue joke, How to Marry a Milliner.

I really enjoyed this album and enjoyed the fine performances, in typically lovely Chandos sound. I concede that it probably wasn't an essential purchase relative to the vast number of golden age compilations, soundtracks and re-recordings I have, but just one of those selections that's an enjoyably easy listen from time to time. Still marginally surprised (not a complaint!) not to see any Rozsa or Herrmann included, but the choices are otherwise super.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Typo corrected. I had just copied and pasted from the label's website. But with apologies. I will be getting this soon, but am currently reasonably broke. Sigh. Wish I could "mary" a millionaire!

 
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