Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine and James Fitzpatrick, this four-CD set collects the 20 James Bond movie themes used since the series first began in 1962 with DR.NO, as well as music from the two "unofficial" releases, CASINO ROYALE and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN…
The concept behind the work called Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario is to take as much as possible of William Walton's score for Laurence Olivier's 1943 film and interpolate suitable excerpts from Shakespeare's play to make an hour-long concert work for speaker, chorus, and orchestra. Though it demands all your attention, the high quality of the result thoroughly rewards it, clearly and intelligently combining the two mediums in a single, arresting form.
After the success of the first volume of Walton's film music, producer Christopher Palmer switches focus from Shakespeare to the theme of war. Of course, the justifiably famous "Spitfire Prelude and Fugue" is an obligatory inclusion. Assembled from Walton's music for First of the Few (1942), a biopic about aircraft designer R. J. Mitchell, "Spitfire" was an immediate concert hall success and is presented here in a grand performance. The enterprising Palmer also assembled "A Wartime Sketchbook," a world premiere compendium of selections from The Foreman Went to France (1941) and Next of Kin (1942).
Where Walton's scores for Henry V and Richard III have had extensive recordings, the one he did for Hamlet, the second of the three Shakespeare films directed by Olivier, has been rather left on one side, with the magnificent "Funeral March" and the `poem for orchestra', "Hamlet and Ophelia", the only major items to be recorded commercially. Here, thanks to the work of Christopher Palmer, a full suite of nearly 40 minutes has been assembled at last, to fill the gap.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment paints the town diamond white with the release of the Twentieth Century Fox 75th Anniversary Gift Set, a 75-film, three-volume set, highlighting a remarkable, rich and unparalleled heritage of classic films, Academy Award® winners and box office smashes.To join in the celebration, Varèse Sarabande will release a deluxe 3CD set saluting 75 Years Of Great Film Music at Twentieth Century-Fox, featuring some of the greatest composers ever to work in Hollywood: Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, and many more.