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Omen II

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  1. Both 'The Warner Brothers Story' and 'The Sound of Space' proms concerts are now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for those in the UK (and those overseas clever enough to know any workarounds! @Disco Stu et al.).  Alternatively, anyone can listen to the concerts via the BBC Radio 3 site.

     

    The Warner Brothers Story

    The Sound of Space

     

    I was lucky enough to attend both concerts and cannot recommend them highly enough.  The performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Tomorrow from The Constant Nymph was one of the best live concert experiences of my life, it was real goosebumps stuff in the Royal Albert Hall.  It has long been one of my favourite pieces of Golden Age film music and I have occasionally waxed lyrical about it on here in the past.  It was sung beautifully by the American mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey, who has a proper old school mezzo voice, and the audience just erupted when the piece finished.  Even if you only watch one part of the concert, watch that.

     

    Incidentally, there was a ripple of 'laughter of recognition' in the audience when the second encore Harry's Wondrous World started, much as happens often when the Jaws theme is played in concerts, so embedded now is John Williams's music in the public consciousness.

     

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  2. The London Contemporary Orchestra which played in yesterday's The Sound of Space late night prom included not only a contrabassoon but also a contrabass clarinet, a contrabass trombone and a contrabass flute!  The musicians were all dressed casually but there was nothing casual about their performance.  At least four of the composers were in attendance: Steven Price (Gravity), John Murphy (Sunshine), Carly Paradis (The Innocents) and Jed Kurzel (Alien: Covenant).

     

    The whole concert was filmed for TV broadcast on BBC Four tomorrow (Friday 9th August) at 10:30 p.m.  It was a great idea for a late night prom with some wonderfully unusual selections, including the world premiere of a suite from Johann Johannsson’s Arrival.

     

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  3. It seems that John Wilson has included John Williams's Harry's Wondrous World in the programme for the BBC Proms concerts with the John Wilson Orchestra this Friday 9th August.  The evening concert will be broadcast on TV the same evening, so those of you with the means should be able to catch it live or on iPlayer or at least listen to it live on BBC Radio 3.

     

    The concert will also include some brilliant stuff from other Warner Brothers films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Old Man and the Sea, Auntie Mame and The Constant Nymph.


  4. 16 hours ago, Richard said:

    My own comment about helmets, was, perhaps, misunderstood, as I only meant that they look "silly", and a little cumbersome.

     

    No problem at all Richard, I knew your description referred to the look of cycle helmets rather than their usefulness.  It is certainly true that they are not the sexiest items of attire, but I was sure glad of mine on Sunday.  It did its job so well that I was not sure if I had even hit my head until I realised that the visor had come off and one of the paramedics pointed out the impact damage to the helmet.


  5. 1 hour ago, Kasey Kockroach said:

    Any consensus on which is the best recording/performance of The Planets?

     

    Coincidentally I saw The Planets at the BBC Proms yesterday evening, played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits.  I took my 16 year-old nephew who had never been to any sort of concert before, so I had purposely bought choir seats so that he could get a good view of the orchestra.  It was quite an experience and I was really impressed with the orchestra's performance.  If you are interested you should be able to listen to the concert on the BBC Radio 3 player for the next month or so at this link.  It was wonderful to be able to see the percussion section so close to us that we could almost read their music from the stands.

     

    The concert also featured John Adams's Short Ride In a Fast Machine (we were sat right behind the wood block!) and Samuel Barber's gorgeous violin concerto played by the Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic, so plenty to enjoy if you have the time.

     

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  6. This morning Edith Bowman was the celebrity guest on Saturday Kitchen Live (a BBC TV cookery programme).  She mentioned her love of John Williams again and that she e-mails his people at least a couple of times a week asking for the chance to interview him, adding that she would get on a plane straight away even if she could see him for only twenty minutes.

     

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  7. 10 hours ago, John said:

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    Coincidentally, I was working in Thamesmead in southeast London last month where that scene from A Clockwork Orange was filmed.  The concrete apartment blocks around South Mere boating lake are in the process of being demolished.  Here is what that same location looks like now with all the demolition hoardings up:

     

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  8. 2 hours ago, Muad'Dib said:

     

    Morricone has lots as well but none come to mind in particular

     

    I remember being very taken with the music he wrote for Canone Inverso when I heard it played at a Morricone concert a few years ago.  Like many of the best examples, the film itself features a prominent role for a solo violin player as part of the story (Nigel Hess's score for Ladies In Lavender is another such example where the main theme as played by Joshua Bell has since become a Classic FM favourite).

     

     

    While Hilary Hahn's beautiful violin solos on the soundtrack of The Village are rightly praised, did you know that she also played on Andrew Hewitt's score to the little known film The Sea?  While not quite reaching the heights of James Newton Howard's music, it is a rather nice melancholy score in itself.

     

     


  9. Shane has one of the best movie villains in Jack Palance, as well as a great Victor Young score and beautiful cinematography.  The child actor (Brandon de Wilde) died young in a road traffic accident.

     

     

    My favourite Clint Eastwood western is The Outlaw Josey Wales.  I reckon so.


  10. Too many writers do not seem to know the difference between the adjectives climatic and climactic.  The former pertains to climate, the latter to climax.

     

    Twice today have I seen climatic used when climactic was surely intended.  It needs to stop.

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