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Film Music of Constant Lambert & Lord Berners (The)


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"Ännu en liten pärla i Chandos oförlikneliga filmmusikserie. Här presenterar man för första gången två tonsättare på samma cd, två herrar som är mer kända för sin mer "seriösa" musik. Det är helt enkelt så att Constant Lamberts och Lord Berners samlade insatser för vita duken inte räcker till mer än en skiva. Lambert (1905 -1951) har jag genom åren haft glädjen att återkomma till flera gånger i dessa spalter, och fast denna filmatisering av Anna Karenina från 1948 knappast tillhör de mest prisade, trots närvaron av skådespelare som Ralph Richardson och Vivien Leigh, är Lamberts musik alldeles förträfflig. Än mer glädje hade jag nästan av musiken till den krigstida dokumentären "Merchant Seamen" om den brittiska handelsflottan från 1940. Och det gladde mig särskilt att läsa att en verklig mästare inom både det symfoniska och filmmusiken, Malcolm Arnold, också uttryckt sin entusiasm efter att som ung trumpetare ha medverkat vid uruppförandet av konsertsviten under tonsättarens ledning. Lord Berners (1883 - 1950) och Lambert var vänner och hade, förutom att de båda hedrats med balettbeställningar från självaste Djagilev, det gemensamt att de verkar ha varit rätt komplicerade personer. Lorden behövde inte skriva för brödfödans skull, och hans produktion kan göra ett något splittrat intryck. Musiken till The Halfway House och Nicholas Nickleby från 1944 respektive 1947 är hur som helst utmärkta saker sitt slag. Snuttarna ur den urbrittiska Champagne Charlie från 1944 är bagateller, men Mary Carewe framför kabaretsången Come on Algernon med entusiasm och stilkänsla. BBC Concert Orchestras och Rumon Gambas kompetens och fallenhet för sånt här är det väl ingen som behöver läsa något mer om längre. Alla samlare vet att det bara är att slå till."
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'Chandos have been doing great things in the film score re-recording world over recent years, especially in the case of British composers of the Golden Age... This Chandos CD is for me the crowning achievement so far of what was already an impressive addition to the Golden Age film music and one can only hope that Gamba and his forces will be able to record more before too long', wrote Music from the Movies on The Sea Wolf, the last release on Chandos Movies. Rumon Gamba and the BBC Concert Orchestra now present the first composer pair in Chandos' film music series, and the 'tandem' is no accident. There is the obvious link that the two composers were close friends, both musically and socially. But more to the point, the output of each in the field was limited, Lambert scoring only one documentary and one feature film, Lord Berners two complete features while contributing a song and dance to another. This output is here conveniently represented on a single well-filled disc.

Each composed in his own distinctive style, with a cosmopolitan rather than purely English accent. As a young man, Lambert developed interests in French and Russian music; in fact, three years after winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music he was collaborating with the great Russian impresario Diaghilev on the ballet Romeo and Juliet - the only other British composer to receive a commission from Diaghilev was Lord Berners! Lambert would go on to become musical director and conductor of the Sadler's Wells Ballet. With this background he was an obvious choice to score the film of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1945) whose cast included Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson, with designs by Cecil Beaton. Dances by Glinka are woven into the ball scenes but elsewhere Lambert relies very much on his own voice, using a generous range of instruments including triple woodwind, four trumpets and trombones, and two harps. In the score for Lambert's earlier Merchant Seamen (1940) one detects the influence of Stravinsky's Pulcinella.

Lord Berners deserves his reputation as a versatile eccentric. Having worked as a diplomat, serving as honorary attaché in Constantinople and later in Rome, he returned to England on his succeeding to his title, and lived the rest of his life ostensibly as a country gentleman. Here was a composer whose music drew the highest praise from Stravinsky, and the consistently sharp focus of his small musical output ensures his survival as a unique figure in British music of the period. The three film scores featured here constitute some of the last music he was to write. Champagne Charlie (1944), starring Stanley Holloway, Tommy Trinder and Betty Warren, is a lively recreation of the bawdy music halls. The film is famous for the song 'Come on Algernon', praised as a hysterically realistic music hall number. Mary Carewe here brings it to disc for the first time in orchestral form. The Halfway House (also 1944) was Ealing Studio's first foray into the occult. The score is quintessential Berners, very much of a piece with his concert and ballet music. Of the Suite from Nicholas Nickleby (1947) Philip Lane writes, 'the music flits from scene to scene and character to character in a seamless stream of fertile invention'. This latest release in the film music series is sure to attract fans of both the films and their magical scores.

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Artikelnummer CHAN10459
Streckkod 0095115145920
Utgivningsdatum 2008-04-28
Kategori Filmmusik
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
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