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The Film Music of Clifton Parker [Soundtrack]

Clifton Parker , Rumon Gamba , BBC Concert Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Composer: Clifton Parker
  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0006SGF0A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): I. Main Titles and The Admiral BenbowBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:000.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): II. To Bristol - Setting SailBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): III. On the IslandBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): IV. Storming the StockadeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): V. Jim Hawkins, Ship to ShoreBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): VI. Looking for the TreasureBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Treasure Island Suite (arr. P. Lane): VII. Leaving the IslandBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Western Approaches: SeascapeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Sword and the Rose (arr. P. Lane): FanfareBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Sword and the Rose (arr. P. Lane): GalliardBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Sword and the Rose (arr. P. Lane): Lute DanceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Sword and the Rose (arr. P. Lane): VoltaBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sea of Sand: MarchBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Blue LagoonBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 9:14Album Only
Listen15. Theme from Night of the DemonBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Virgin Island: A Caribbean RhapsodyBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 9:24Album Only
Listen17. Sink the Bismarck!: MarchBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Blue PullmanBBC Philharmonic Orchestra15:33Album Only

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BBC Concert Orchestra - Rumon Gamba, direction

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music of Clifton Parker 21 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Composition and colour. These words come to mind when you listen to the music of Clifton Parker. He literally paints pictures with his wonderful film themes. I would recommend anyone who loves classical music to buy his album, and be taken on an exciting ride into the world of imagination. from Meryl Heasman (songwriter)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine, enjoyable anthology for an under-played film composer 16 Jun 2011
By apileocole - Published on Amazon.com
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Clifton Parker scored quite a few films with maritime elements following the success of his tone-poem Seascape (included here), which in turn was derived from a film he had scored (Western Approaches). As Clifton was able to express the feel of being at sea on a sailing ship with uncanny, possibly unequalled vividness in a number of his scores, he may be most noted for that talent. However he was also a superb composer for a range of subjects and his orchestration skills more than held up their end.

Perhaps most widely seen today, the (rightly) classic 1950 film of Treasure Island contains some of Clifton's most memorable work. For this film, he undertook quite a bit of research into music of the period (sea shanties, folk song, etc) and incorporated it into his score. In addition to his noted gift for evoking the sea, there are a number of wonderfully apt sequences and motifs for action, humour and more. An outstanding score. If the sound elements still exist, Disney should have released a soundtrack of the score (but have probably neglected to do so). The closest thing we have that I'm aware of is the fine suite created for this release by Philip Lane.

While the above suite is the flagship here, there is much more to enjoy. Night of the Iguana offers a more action-oriented angle with plenty of vigor. Clifton was similarly outstanding at a very different project, providing some historical pieces for the Tudor age costume film The Sword in the Rose which are strikingly restrained and true to the period they are representing. Both of those films and their scores have tended to be under-rated. A short subject concerning a train, Blue Pullman is quite different again yet Clifton's music is again perfect. There is still more to be enjoyed in this generous package, much of which are the only recordings and releases of the music outside the film soundtracks themselves.

In a release such as this it's worth noting that Clifton's music and the adaptations and reconstructions of it for this presentation by Philip Lane are, by and large, enjoyable as music listening apart from the films they underscored. Rumon Gamba and the orchestra perform admirably with polish to spare. The sound is pleasing and musical, in keeping with Chandos' classical releases.

Finally a couple notes: the booklet is available to peruse at Chandos' website (at the time of this review) and when speaking of sound I refer to the CD release, as I have not heard the download versions.

Have a wonderful musical journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia 26 Nov 2012
By Andrew Kurtz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very comprehensive and wonderfully fun compilation of music from Clifton Parker. The collection from Treasure Island brought back so many memories of adventure and excitement and really highlighted one of the great movie composers of the day. I also enjoyed listening to the tracks that were from movies I have not watched, causing me to want to see those as well. This was well worth the buy and I would recomend this to anyone who loves movie music scores or classical american scores.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for you collection and listening enjoyment 24 May 2014
By JP - Published on Amazon.com
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List the man with the likes of Steiner, Korngold, Waxman ect..... His music is so memorable. It's as though you are in the vast open land or rolling ocean in the movie music he has scored. You will enjoy this.
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