Benjamin, A: The Storm Clouds Cantata from The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Music for Alfred Hitchcock

Music for Alfred Hitchcock

Benjamin, A:

The Storm Clouds Cantata from The Man Who Knew Too Much



Herrmann, B:

The Man who Knew too Much: Overture


North by Northwest



Dial 'M' for Murder & Strangers on a Train: Hitchcock Suite

Waxman, F:


Rear Window: Suite

Klaudia Kidon (soprano)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Danish National Concert Choir, John Mauceri

Alfred Hitchcock commissioned his film scores from composers who were Hollywood’s master-craftsmen.

The concert items prepared from those scores feature a dazzling variety of styles, from Baroque and jazz to dark Romanticism and angular angst, all using the orchestra with breathtaking virtuosity.

The conductor John Mauceri, as at home with this repertoire as any other musician, has prepared a number of concert suites from the film scores and some of them receive their first recordings here.

This recording was made live in concert in Danish Radio’s new concert hall in Copenhagen.

The booklet contains an introductory text by John Mauceri and an extensive, illustrated essay on Hitchcock and his use of film music and work with composers by British film-music historian John Riley.

“Hitchcock was the enabler of many hours of orchestral music that are part of the 20th century’s legacy. Herrmann’s scores for Vertigo and Psycho, and Franz Waxman’s for Rear Window, stand out...the Wagnerian Scène d’Amour, from Vertigo, comes over as one of the great slow movements.” Sunday Times, 3rd August 2014

“The concert recordings contain some ambient noises and quirks of balance (lots of bass tones). But the pluses are powerful: the orchestra's flair, the vivid colours and audible adrenalin. Even the most dedicated film buff should deepen their appreciation as Hitchkock's composers run the gamut” BBC Music Magazine, October 2014 ****

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The Film Music of Arthur Benjamin & Leighton Lucas

The Film Music of Arthur Benjamin & Leighton Lucas

Benjamin, A:

Suite from The Conquest of Everest

The Storm Clouds Cantata from The Man Who Knew Too Much

Waltz and Hyde Park Gallop from An Ideal Husband

Lucas, L:

Portrait of the Amethyst from Yangtse Incident

Dedication from Portrait of Clare

Prelude and Dam Blast from The Dam Busters

Stage Fright Rhapsody from Stage Fright

Suite from Ice Cold in Alex

This Is York

March-Prelude from Target for Tonight

Abigail Sara (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Roe-Williams (piano) & Rob Court (organ)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Côr Caerdydd (choir), Rumon Gamba

Arthur Benjamin composed the Storm Clouds Cantata in 1934 for Hitchcock’s first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. In the 1956 colour remake of the film, the incidental music was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who was offered the opportunity to write his own music for the film’s climax. In an unusual outbreak of modesty, however, he said that he could not improve upon Benjamin’s cantata, so it stayed. In the film, Herrmann can be seen conducting the work a in a 12-minute-long, tension-filled scene at the Royal Albert Hall, during which the heroine must stop an assassin from shooting a visiting prime minister. The assassin has memorised the music by listening to a recording of the work, and waits patiently for the thunderous climax of cymbals which will muffle the sound of his gun…

Also on this disc is Benjamin’s Waltz and Hyde Park Gallop from An Ideal Husband, and the music from The Conquest of Everest, one of his most successful film scores.

Leighton Lucas is particularly noted for his film music, including the scores for Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright, for Ice Cold in Alex, and for The Dam Busters – all represented on this disc. In Portrait of the Amethyst from Yangtse Incident, the music supports scenes of everyday duties aboard the British frigate HMS Amethyst, and culminates in the famous March, with its hint of Heart of Oak, the official march of the Royal Navy. In contrast, the score to the Victorian curiosity Portrait of Clare, represented here with the Dedication, is inspired by piano and other works by romantic composers such as Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt.

All are performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Rumon Gamba who records exclusively for Chandos. The disc features exquisite performances by a number of soloists – the mezzo-soprano Abigail Sara, pianist Catherine Roe-Williams, and organist Rob Court – as well as the voices of Côr Caerdydd.

“here's British film music for every occasion, with seven samples of Lucas (usually refined, sometimes limp) and a meatier trio by Benjamin.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

“The strengths of the recording are immediately apparent - richly heraldic brass and secure warm strings” MusicWeb International, May 2012

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