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Benjamin/ Lucas: Film Music (Chandos: CHAN 10713) [Soundtrack]

Rumon Gamba Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Composer: Arthur Benjamin, Leighton Lucas
  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0072A4FDY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suite from The Conquest of Everest(Benjamin)
2. The Storm Clouds Cantata from The Man Who Knew Too Much(Benjamin)
3. Waltz and Hyde Park Gallop from An Ideal Husband
4. Portrait of the Amethyst from Yangtse Incident(Lucas)
5. Dedication from Portrait of Clare(Lucas)
6. Prelude and Dam Blast from The Dam Busters(Lucas)
7. Stage Fright Rhapsody from Stage Fright
8. Suite from Ice Cold in Alex
9. This Is York
10. March-Prelude from Target for Tonight

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Arthur Benjamin composed the Storm Clouds Cantata in 1934 for Hitchcocks 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 films climax. In an unusual outbreak of modesty, however, he said that he could not improve upon Benjamins 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 Benjamins 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 Hitchcocks 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.

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Benjamin : The Man Who Knew Too Much - The Conquest of Everest - An Ideal Husband - Lucas : Portrait of Clare... / Côr Caerdydd - BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Rumon Gamba, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gap filled, not dam busted 7 Feb 2013
By Bedinog
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Arthur Benjamin was probably a little better known than Leighton Lucas, but neither name has exactly been in neon lights. The record shows thet both contributed music either in part, or wholly to some 20 British films, although I suspect Lucas' arrangements found their way into the incidental scores of more than he was ever credited for.
The booklet cover for this album is very much its calling card with eagerly awaited suites from 'Ice Cold in Alex' and The Dam Busters'. It's what drew me, along with two other 'war' scores 'Target for Tonight' and 'Yangtze Incident'. Alright, this latter is strictly post-war, but Richard Todd in uniform and a WW2 Royal Navy ship in conflict....
Who can forget the determined jaunty tune for Katy the ambulance in 'Alex'or the famous 'Dam Busters' march- here, in its correct truncated film form, along with a little of the incidental music reconstructed and arranged by the indefatigable Philip Lane. Mr Lane's efforts extend to virtually all the music offered and he is owed a great debt of gratitude here as in many other albums.
Some of the music on offer was written for shorts and documentaries, including Lucas' 'This is York', not particularly interesting other than the depiction of steam trains, and Benjamin's rather more colourful 'Conquest of Everest'. Perhaps the highlight of the Benjamin scores is the Storm Clouds Cantata from 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' (1934) which Bernard Herrmann opted to keep in the 1956 remake alongside his own score.
Cues from 'An Ideal Husband' 'Portrait of Clare' and 'Stage Fright' round out the album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cold in Alex 3 April 2013
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This welcome compilation of music from Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas has really only one stand out component- the soundtrack rendition of Ice Cold in Alex. Whilst the Dambusters and Yangtze Incident are all good stuff, the one that soundtrack enthusiasts have been waiting for is Alex. The rest is really for completists.

Sadly (and on first listening) this is a disappointing arrangement. The Ice Cold in Alex March in particular is too stylised and needs to be played con molto brio. This arrangement lacks the cheeky but glorious tempo of the film and has to be viewed as failing to match the original (where is Geoff Love when you need him?). Nevertheless all credit to Rumon Gamba for attempting it in the first place and giving us something to listen to. Now will someone do it properly???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost film scores 2 Mar 2012
By david n
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Heard some of the tracks being played on 'Classic FM at the movies' and ordered it straight away,a super selection of long lost film scores well played and conducted.Highly enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why change the style from the film recordings ? 21 Dec 2013
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I've always felt that Lucas was greatly under-valued. Unfortunately this is a well-played but disappointing restylisation of two favourites. I think someone missed the point with Ice Cold in Alex - which lost its the bouncy theme - and then the reverse with the Amethyst Suite, which lost its sense of calm, understated and reasuring control. Do please have another go someone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible arrangement of great music 16 May 2012
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I was so looking forward to hearing the Ice Cold In Alex march but the arrangement is terrible. Totally ruins the piece. You're better off recording it from the film and keeping the other soundtrack noises.
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