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Rodgers And Hammerstein at the Movies

by Bill Biss
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Tuesday Apr 9, 2013
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There is an incredible joy to be found in listening to The John Wilson Orchestra. Thus, when "orchestra" is mentioned and just for clarification... Wilson’s orchestra is comprised of 23 violinists, 10 clarinetists, five saxophonists and many more amazing musicians and soloists with the Maida Vale Singers bringing on the vocals. The masterful music genius and mastermind behind "Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies," is John Wilson. He is a casebook study in outstanding achievement and hard work in regards to recreating and restoring film scores and motion picture musical orchestrations.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in Apr. of 2012, the profiled film scoring and musical arrangements are precisely almost note-for-note on each instrument in the orchestra. A rich selection is presented from 20th Century Fox films "Carousel," "The King and I," "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music" with "Oklahoma" opening up the collection. John Wilson and his team have edited, reconstructed and researched the compositions for now and the future. Remarkably, numerous lead sheets etc. are still preserved, unlike the orchestrations from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer that were buried in a landfill in 1971... and considered "worthless" at that time.

On the EMI Classics label, these masterpieces of the American songbook are played in the beauty once deserved and now thoroughly acknowledged. What Wilson and his ensemble have created on "Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies" is sheer energy. It’s as timeless and as valuable to American culture as those original artists, composers and musicians who brought this music to life in the first place. Though for some and as the song "The Second Time Around" lyrics say, "It’s that second time you hear your love song sung. Makes you think perhaps that love like youth is wasted on the young." Or as I’m sure conductor John Wilson has said during any rehearsal time, [tap, tap] "Can we try that again and this time..." It’s quite possible that those who heard these creations then and those who are hearing them now and for the first time, are to be fascinated and intrigued anew.

"Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies"
The John Wilson Orchestra
CD and Digital formats
EMI Classics

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