Friday, 12 August 2011

Film Music Prom

Calling all Film Music Fans! Tonight's prom is dedicated to some of the most widely recognisable works in classical music. Just think of Alfred Hitchcock's iconic film Psycho, available on Signum (SIG 234) and Unicorn-Kanchana (UK 2021). Bernard Herrmann who composed this work, is responsible too for the music to Citizen Kane and North by Northwest. Also in the first half of the prom William Walton's Henry V suite will be performed. The Chandos label offers a wonderful recording of this music arranged by Christopher Palmer.

The second half of the evening kicks off with John William's music to Star Wars, Schindler's List and Harry Potter, all of which feature on the Naxos album Great Movie Themes (NX 0505). I think the piece I'll be waiting to hear is Richard Rodney Bennett's Murder on the Orient Express. However, if you can't decide on your favourite music from the film world, you will find some all-time greats on Chandos's British Film music album. I hope you enjoy the performance.

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