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Captured in high quality audio for the first time, the glorious music from the golden age of Hollywood – the MGM film musicals. The scores have been painstakingly restored and arranged by conductor John Wilson and are performed here by the John Wilson Orchestra.
John Wilson is one of the most astute and knowledgeable musicians about the whole Hollywood film music genre. Over a period of years he has presented programmes throughout the UK and in other countries exploiting his skill, knowledge and musicianship in this genre. The 2009 BBC Prom celebrating 75 years of MGM Musicals, televised and watched by 3.5 million took John Wilson’s lifetime’s work to a new level of recognition. In the USA his arrangements and orchestrations have been played by the Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, National Symphony of Washington and Cleveland orchestras. When not championing film music revivals around the world he is active as a Classical orchestral and operatic conductor with all the leading UK orchestras and across Europe, Australia, and is a keen advocate of British “light music” composers.
MGM Jubilee Overture
Meet Me in St Louis: The Trolley Song (from Meet me in St Louis)
Steppin' Out With My Baby (from Easter Parade)
The Heather on the Hill (from Brigadoon)
Barn Dance (from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
You're Sensational (from High Society)
I Got Rhythm (from An American in Paris)
Singin' in the Rain (from Singin' in the Rain)
An American in Paris - Main Title
Love is Here to Stay (from an American in Paris)
Well, did you evah? (from High Society)
The New Moon - Sequence: One Kiss/Lover Come Back To Me (from The New Moon)
Broadway Melody Ballet (from Singin' in the Rain)
That's Entertainment (from That's Entertainment)
“The JWO - which has performed this repertoire live countless times - delivers the goods with knock-'em-dead gusto. Modelled on the old studio orchestras of yore, it boasts the glossy, jazzy, euphoric sound you'll know and love from the movies. The singers are all terrific. The legendary Kim Criswell is pure class”
26th August 2011
“Oh, what a treat...Pure unadulterated bliss.”
20th August 2011
“The playout to I Got Rhythm, after Kim Criswell's exuberant vocals is sensational. ...Best of all are Curtis Stigers and Seth MacFarlane sounding uncannily like Sinatra and Crosby on Porter's Well, Did You Evah?”
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