December 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
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Compilation: Paul LEWIS
TV Themes  
  CAMPION CAMEO 2018   [76:13]

three decades of tv themes

  • 'The Prisoner of Zenda' (1984)
  • 'Autumn Love (Theme from Spring & Autumn)' (series 1974-76)
  • 'Brendon Chase' (1980)
  • 'Arthur of the Britons' (1972) Suite
  • 'The Big Knife-Romance for Piano and Strings' (1989) too syrupy
  • 'King's Royal' (series 1981-82)
  • 'The Dark Angel (A gothic Melodrama for Orchestra)' (1990)
  • 'The Benny Hill Waltz' (1970s)
  • 'The Island (A Mood Picture for Soprano and Orchestra)' (1976)
  • 'Woof! (Fantasy)' (Series 1988-97)
  • 'Wreckers at Deadeye (Overture)' (1970)

I have to confess to not being familiar with the work of Paul Lewis, whom it transpires has worked on British television programmes for over thirty years, but I actually find the notion of a release like this very endearing as it's my feeling that there is a great deal of talent that should be championed in the arena of television music.

If I say that I prefer Lewis' more robust material ('Arthur of the Britons') to his somewhat overly sentimental romantic writing ('The Big Knife-Romance for Piano and Strings') that may say more about me than it does regarding this composer's music, but whatever your own personal inclinations there is certainly enough here to command attention and respect.

As a side note, I should point out to the CD's producers that they have made an identification error in one of their booklet photos, naming veteran character actor Jack Watson as director Pat Jackson!

A very welcome collection and I can only hope it will be successful enough to justify more to follow.

Mark Hockley

 ***(*)

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