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John Wilson delivers MAJOR goods!,
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This review is from: That's Entertainment: A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical (Audio CD)
If anything is more glorious than watching those classic MGM musicals and revelling in the splendid music that always accompanied them, then this CD recording comes close inasmuch as John Wilson has recreated - to PERFECTION -- the glorious orchestrations of MGM savant Conrad Salinger, arguably Hollywood's greatest-ever orchestrator.
Salinger gave MGM musicals their unique sound, and nobody, but nobody, has ever gotten it right until now. How did he do this? Well, he went to the source (MGM#, and he discovered conductor parts for a lot of the music he wanted to resurrect. All the orchestra parts were destroyed some 50-plus years ago, so he reproduced them. Remarkably, it is said it took him one year. He then assembled an orchestra #not the traditional symphony, mind you# that delivers the goods. For me, a lifelong movie lover, a lifelong movie music lover, and a lifelong musical lover, it's like hearing the MGM Studio Orchestra performing this music in stereo for the first time.
This sort of thing has been attempted by others in the past, but none have come remotely as close as John Wilson. This is an extraordinary accomplishment.
"Heather on the Hill", "(Our) Love is Here to Stay" and "The Broadway Melody Ballet" are the showstoppers for me. The first two selections are heartbreakingly/heartachingly beautiful. And Wilson and company dazzle with spectacular razzle in the Broadway number #the film within the film of "Singin' in the Rain"#.
I cannot recommend this more highly!
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2012 17:48:18 BDT
Clive D. Beasley says:
Great to see this recording being appreciated by people in the USA. What John Wilson is doing is amazing. I have been to see his Orchestra twice now "Hooray for Hollywood" and "The Broadway Sound" and I am going to see them play Rogers & Hammerstein in 3 weeks time. They are just sensational. Their new CD recording was released today and is available from Amazon.
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