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on 8 October 2012
This CD is based on the second of the four highly successful BBC Prom concerts featuring The John Wilson Orchestra in programmes inspired by what might be termed The Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood Musicals, that is from the 1920s to the 1960s. The success of the Prom concerts owed much to the enormous skill and dedication of John Wilson himself, who has almost single-handedly rescued many of the original film scores from neglect. Here, the selections are derived from the soundtracks of the 20th Century Fox film versions of five classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma !, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. All the six solo singers featured are excellent, with the operatic mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato being by way of luxury casting. It is a pity that there are no vocal items from The King and I. The singers (and the excellent chorus) apart, the orchestra, consisting of players drawn from a large number of British symphony orchestras, is superb throughout the album. What is not acceptable is the fact that there are no timings for the individual tracks in the liner notes and that it is necessary to go on line to access the lyrics and biographies. This is to be deplored on two counts : firstly, there may well be some purchasers of the disc who will not have access to a computer and, secondly, it should not be necessary to register by way of inputting personal data in order to access and download. In any case when I tried this procedure the relevant website was not operating properly and I was unable to obtain the relevant information. So a black mark to those concerned.
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