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Saturday, May 6, 2017 Permalink

The Film Connection


For 10 years, beginning in 1938, six prominent composers moved from the confines of the concert hall to write for the screen—embracing the challenges of the medium and a wide range of subject matter.

It was, in many ways, a golden age of film music that would never be repeated. 

In this hour, music by Thomson, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, Alfven, Walton, and Copland.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Thompson: Plow That Broke the Plains/The River Symphony of the Air Vanguard VBD-385 015707038522
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra RCA Victor 09026-61926-2 090266192625
Film Music of Vaughan Williams, Vol. 2 [for The 49th Parallel] BBC Philharmonic Chandos
CHAN 10244
Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast, etc [for Henry V] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Carlton Classics 6701862 72372308362
Discover Film Music [for Alfven’s A Country Tale] Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra Naxos  8.558210-11 636943821022
The Service of Venus and Mars [for The Agincourt Carol] Gothic Voices CDA66238 034571162386
Music for Stage & Screen [for Copland's The Red Pony] Boston Pops Sony SK 64 147 0074646414729

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