Fifty years, 11 CDs, 11 Doctors and 389 tracks. This is the release that Doctor Who fans worldwide have been waiting for, assembled after years of research and trawls through dusty archives and libraries. It's a comprehensive overview of the very special music that has accompanied the Doctor over his travels through time and space from William Hartnell in 1963 to present day Matt Smith. From Ron Grainer's iconic theme realised by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire to Murray Gold's orchestral tapestries, this is a musical saga of monumental proportions. The esteemed collection of composers featured include Tristram Cary, Brian Hodgson, Wilfred Josephs, Dudley Simpson, Geoffrey Burgon, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Malcolm Clarke, Keff McCulloch, Dominic Glynn, John Debney and many more. The lavish 32 page booklet with the set includes liner notes from Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres on the history of music in the series and details of the episodes.
Was there ever a performer in the history of American popular music who produced such a diverse body of work, over such an extended period of time, as Nat King Cole? In a career that spanned nearly 30 years despite his untimely death in 1965 at age 45 Nat sang and played just about everything at one time or another, from jazz and pop to country and spirituals and all else in between. To this day, his music all of it endures.
Since it's UK TV debut in 2010, Sherlock has developed into a worldwide TV phenomenon and has been exported by the BBC to over 200 territories. Sales of David Arnold and Michael Price's beguiling scores for series 1 and 2 are close to 9,000 in the UK and have also achieved significant sales in the US, Europe and the Far East.The soundtracks have received BAFTA and Emmy nominations and have won an RTS Television Award. David Arnold is one of the UK's leading film composers, penning the scores to a host of blockbuster movies including Stargate, Independence Day and 2 Fast 2 Furious. He also successfully took over the scoring of the James Bond movies on the recommendation of John Barry. Michael Price is a multi-talented composer, music editor and arranger whose credits include Band Of Brothers, The Lord Of The Rings and Love Actually. If David Arnold and Michael Price did not exist, it would be necessary for man to invent them. Their contribution to Sherlock is immeasurable.
The BBC season of three Sherlock Holmes films was the summer hit of 2010 in the UK with over 7.5 million viewers watching the first episode. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson the stories cleverly bring Conan Doyle's famous characters into the world of modern day London. The music, composed by David Arnold and Michael Price, received BAFTA and Emmy nominations and won an RTS Television Award.
"In the autumn of 1965 a new television series hit the screen which took Gerry Anderson’s productions into a new dimension. Forty years on, Thunderbirds remains as popular today as it was then with Barry Gray’s music a key element. "The Best Of Thunderbirds" is the latest release in the series that brings to CD the original television recordings of Barry Gray’s music for Gerry Anderson’s classic 1960s shows…" (Silva Screen review)
One of the most acclaimed musicians of his era, Toscanini was a conductor of the "old school" - aristocratic, perfectionistic and something of an autocrat on the podium. After a brief flurry of interest in Fascism in the 1910s, he rapidly became disillusioned with the movement and indeed became a personal rival of Mussolini, repeatedly antagonising him through acts of artistic defiance such as refusals to open concerts with the Fascist anthem Giovinezza.
Eventually he fled Italy for the United States, becoming the first conductor of the newly-formed NBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom he pioneered radio broadcasts and recordings that made him a household name in America until his retirement at the age of 87. He gave the premiere performances of several major works, including Barber's Adagio for Strings and the American premiere of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony.