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  1. I command you to trudge around the rough areas of Philly with your hands in your pockets like Bruce Springsteen in the Streets of Philadelphia video, but singing If We Were In Love from Yes, Giorgio in the same mumbling style as the Boss in said music video. And please, report back on how the Williams / Bergman classic goes down in the 'hood.
  2. Ben Stokes needs to be knighted. Now, please. Jack Leach too, might as well.
  3. Here is a nice performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater Dolorosa by the Academy of Ancient Music. Of added interest to John Williams fans is that the video was recorded at All Saints in Tooting, where the album version of The Fury was recorded with the LSO.
  4. Here is an all-too-brief excerpt of Harry's Wondrous World from Friday evening's concert. It was the second encore.
  5. My lovely box of simian scores / monkey music / gorilla grooves arrived on Friday. Could anyone direct me to where I can find the album artwork for each of the individual CDs in this box set, please? I have just ripped Escape from the Planet of the Apes to my 'ompooter but all I can find is the artwork for the box itself. Thank you.
  6. 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.
  7. They are not all filmed but those that are will be available on BBC iPlayer, yes.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Here is an article from Music Week about the three film music Proms this week.
  11. A recording of this concert from Tynecastle Park will also be broadcast on Classic FM this evening, starting at 8 p.m. (so in about ten minutes' time). Classic FM
  12. 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.
  13. Your choice of course, Steef, but I had a very sobering reminder yesterday afternoon of why I will always wear a cycle helmet when on my bike, however short the journey. I was on my bike around lunchtime cycling along a road that I must have cycled on hundreds, if not thousands of times without incident, about half a mile from where I live. Suddenly, without any warning whatsoever some idiot in a car completely wiped me out from behind at high speed, knocking me off my bike and into the road. The driver sped off without stopping for even a moment to see if I was ok or if he or she had killed me. Luckily I was knocked towards the kerbside rather than into a parked car or onto the opposite lane where a bus was approaching. Thankfully the vehicle behind me also stopped in good time and the driver and a couple of other witnesses came to my aid. The bus driver who witnessed everything had the presence of mind to note the vehicle registration number so was able to give it to the police who arrived just a few minutes after the ambulance. Miraculously, I did not sustain any broken bones or any head injury because I was wearing a helmet. My right hand side bore the brunt of the impact with the road and I needed stitches in my arm, while a large cut in my thumb had to be glued. I also have cuts and abrasions on my right leg and shoulder but all things considered, I feel very lucky to be here today. I am waiting to hear back from Met Police but can only think the driver must have been drinking or on their phone or both. The whole of their wing mirror was ripped off by the impact. My "silly helmet" - as Richard describes them in the post above yours - might well have saved my life yesterday.
  14. 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.
  15. SANDwiches followed by MUD pie.
  16. A couple of photos from my trip to the seaside on Tuesday in sunny Weston-super-Mare. Thomas the Tank Engine looks to be captivated by the horse's rear end. Dirty Thomas!
  17. 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.
  18. England wins the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand in one of the most incredible cricket matches of all time at Lord's today. What a day for sport in England! I am pretty much lost for words after watching that, so check out the BBC report for the details. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/48983890
  19. I am not at all familiar with Webern's music but I always feel so sorry for him given the circumstances of his death. I understand that the American soldier who shot him was so stricken with guilt that he took his own life some years later.
  20. 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:
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. English composer Gerald Finzi wrote some lovely music, for example his incidental music for a BBC radio production of Love's Labour's Lost in 1946. The ten-movement suite is well worth a listen, the highlights for me being the Introduction, Nocturne [from about 6:20] and Dance [from about 12:10]. I am going to see this later in the week and I am really looking forward to it.
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