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on 11 December 2016
I've seen the John Wilson Orchestra a couple of times, as well as seeing JW conducting Birmingham's CBSO: very good live and very good on this disc. So why not five stars? Partly choice of music, I find The Sound of Music too schmatzy and the Soliloquy from Carousel needs visuals to carry it off. Some reviewers have criticised the sound on this recording: I don't know what they hear as a problem but to my ears it sounds excellent on headphones or speakers (apart from one climax). What I don't like is the excessive vibrato of some of the singers - Joyce DiDonato and Sierra Boggess are both too broad on their big numbers, whereas Maria Ewing gets it just right on Bali Ha'i. In other songs, and the instrumental selections from The King and I, Carousel and Oklahoma, John Wilson leads orchestra and singers in getting the swagger of the Broadway musical to perfection.
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on 30 December 2012
If you have watched (BBC Proms) on TV or been to concerts of John Wilson and his orchestra's performances, then you will know how infectious the music can be under his baton, even if you are not the biggest fan of musicals. This recording of Rogers & Hammerstein shows that were made into movies, is so well put together for the album and so beautifully recorded, I would think it is almost neglectful not to make a gift of it to your loved ones who are fans of the musicals. If that fan is yourself, then what are you waiting for!

I bought it for my Mum and she plays it at least once a week. She is definitely a big fan of the musicals and now of Mr JW and his Orchestra and I'm really happy I bought this CD for her. I hope John Wilson continues to record the repertoire just as he has year after year dazzled the audiences at the BBC Proms.
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on 12 December 2016
I love the John Wilson Orchestra but this recording is flat, two-dimensional and lacking in body. The vocals are clear but the orchestra sounds as though it is about 5 people squashed into one room. No ambience, no reverberation, just flat. What a shame it was not the recording made at the Royal Albert Hall....now THAT really was something !! I shall not be in a hurry to play this again, and may use the CD as a drinks coaster.
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on 16 January 2018
Infectiousy good!
Wonderful and lively arrangements.
Barrie Schofield
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on 10 October 2017
I thought this was a great selection of music and enjoyed it very much
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on 31 March 2018
very entertaining what you call music
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on 26 August 2016
Anyone who does not like John Wilson and his orchestra is either young or not interested in beautiful old fashioned big band light music.
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on 1 January 2015
This is John Wilson at his best. All of these musicals were seen in the 1950's as films so they bring back happy memories of being taken to the cinema. The recording is well up to the standard of Mr Wilsons work and if heard in stereo on good equipment provide a good listening experience.
Davie Easton
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on 28 April 2016
The pre-eminent exponent of great Hollywood music of the heyday of movies played and conducted as only John Wilson can with verve and enthusiasm.
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on 9 February 2018
Great cd
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