Music (Volume I) The Bridge on the River Kwai. Whistle Down the
Wind. The Sound Barrier (Rhapsody for Orchestra). Hobson's
Choice. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
London Symphony Orch/Richard Hickox, cond.
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Film Music (Volume II) Trapeze. The Roots of Heaven.
Machines, Op. 30. No Love for Johnnie. David Copperfield.
Scherzetto for Clarinet and Orchestra 'You Know What Sailors Are.'
Ballade for Piano and Orchestra. The Belles of St. Trinian's.
Fantasy on Christmas Carols from 'The Holy and the Ivy.' Postcard
from the Med from 'The Captain's Paradise.'
The second CD features Arnold's music reconstructed, arranged/orchestrated by Philip Lane, with premiere recordings of music from No Love for Johnnie (1960), The Captain's Paradise (1953) and Stolen Face (1952). The latter is one of three Hammer Films scored by Arnold. Dr. Philip Ritter (played by Paul Henreid) is a plastic surgeon whose distress about his ended relationship with a concert pianist (played by Lizabeth Scott) leads him to recreate her face on that of a former prison convict (also played by Scott). This is the "concerto" in the filmduring its eight minutes' duration you'll hear just about every Hollywood piano concerto clichÈ in the booktrue trash, but fun to listen to. The brief "scherzetto" You Know What Sailors Are, is a showpiece for clarinet (played by John Bradbury). It's surprising that Arnold's last film score, David Copperfield, is represented by five brief tracks totaling 11:10. If you'd like more, you can hear the entire score on a fine Marco Polo CD (REVIEW).
The BBC Phil and conductor Rumon Gamba are perfect in this music as they were in the recent Chandos issue of Arnold's last three symphonies (REVIEW). The sound could not be bettered (listen to that vivid percussion in St. Trinian's!).
R.E.B. (March 2002)