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Film Music of Sir Arnold Bax [Soundtrack]

BBC Philharmonic Audio CD

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Listen  1. Oliver Twist: Prelude: Lento moderatoPaul Janes 1:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Oliver Twist: The Storm: Con vivoPaul Janes 3:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oliver Twist: Oliver's birth: Molto moderatoPaul Janes 2:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oliver Twist: Picking oakum: Poco lentoPaul Janes 2:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oliver asks for more: Allegro moderato e feroce -Paul Janes 1:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oliver Twist: Mr. Bumble's March: Pomposo - VivacePaul Janes0:310.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oliver sent to bed among the coffins: ModeratoPaul Janes 2:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oliver as funeral mute: Molto energico -Paul Janes 2:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oliver Twist: Death of Mrs. Thingummy: LentoPaul Janes 2:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oliver Twist: The Fight: AllegroPaul Janes 1:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oliver Twist: Oliver's sleepless night: Andante -Paul Janes 2:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oliver Twist: Oliver's flight to London: Poco allegrettoPaul Janes0:310.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Oliver meets the Artful Dodger: Allegro moderatoPaul Janes 1:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Oliver Twist: Fagin's romp: Allegro con vivacitaPaul Janes 2:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Oliver Twist: Oliver's pickpocketing lesson -Paul Janes0:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Oliver Twist: Pickpocketing: Allegretto semplice -Paul Janes0:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Oliver Twist: The Chase: Allegro vivacePaul Janes 1:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Oliver faints in court: Tempo rubato -Paul Janes0:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Oliver Twist: Comic panic: AllegroPaul Janes0:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Oliver at Mr. Brownlow's house: Poco lentoPaul Janes 6:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Oliver at play: Poco lento - Allegretto semplicePaul Janes 1:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Oliver Twist: The Portrait -Paul Janes 1:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Oliver Twist: Oliver's abduction: LentoPaul Janes 1:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Oliver Twist: Mr. Brownlow's grief: Lento -Paul Janes 1:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Oliver Twist: Nancy's hysterical outburst: Allegro moderato - AndantePaul Janes 1:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Oliver Twist: Nancy's flight in the rain to meet Mr. Brownlow: ModeratoPaul Janes 3:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Oliver Twist: Dawn after the Murder: Moderato sereno - Bill Sikes' reverie: Poco lentoPaul Janes 3:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Oliver Twist: Wanted for Murder: Moderato - LentoPaul Janes 1:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Oliver Twist: Finale [original]: Moderato brillantePaul Janes 3:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Oliver Twist: Finale [alternative]: Moderato brillantePaul Janes 3:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Malta GC, Part II: Gay March: Quick march tempoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Malta GC, Part II: Quiet Interlude: AllegrettoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Malta GC, Part II: Work and Play: Moderato molto energico - Allegretto semplice - Allegretto scherzando - Moderato tranquillo - VivoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:520.59  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Malta GC, Part II: March: Lento ma non troppo - Allegro - Moderate march tempoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:320.59  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars The best stereo recreation of a 40's film score ever 13 Jan 2004
By albertatamazon - Published on Amazon.com
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At last, it is finally on CD, in gorgeous digital stereo, and beautifully performed--and complete. Perhaps even hypercomplete.

This is the first stereo recording of Sir Arnold Bax's score for the classic David Lean 1948 film version of Charles Dickens's immortal novel, "Oliver Twist". This recording includes not only the complete score, but some pieces that were wisely deleted before the film's release. Their deletion is no loss to the film; the inclusion of these pieces would have made otherwise powerful scenes seem excessively melodramatic. An example is the second cue on the CD--a piece meant to underscore the movie's opening scene, in which Oliver's pregnant mother struggles toward the workhouse amid labor pains and a violent thunderstorm. As now seen on film, the sequence plays with virtually no music, and no dialogue, just crashing thunder and lightning, and it is a testament to David Lean's intelligence as a director that he chose to leave it that way rather than musically underscore it.

For the rest, the music is beautifully and evocatively played, and conductor Rumon Gamba wisely does not alter any of it by changing its tempo, making the score sound excessively soupy, or diminishing the somber mood of any of it. There are several new digital recordings of old film scores around in which the music simply does not sound the way it does in the film, and I don't mean pure sound quality. Some conductors simply cannot resist imposing their own "interpretation" on the music, but Rumon Gamba is thankfully not one of them.

The "Oliver Twist" music plays for exactly an hour, counting all the formerly omitted pieces as well as the two versions of the final cue (the first is the cue as played in the film; the second is the cue as Bax originally composed it). The sound is breathtaking, and allows us to finally hear Bax's orchestrations in lush stereo detail.

The filler on the disc is from the music Bax composed for the short "Malta G.C.". It is pleasant, but not nearly as impressive as the "Oliver Twist" score.

Rush to get this one. Bax's "Oliver Twist" is one of the finest scores ever written for a film version of a novel.
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