September 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Curio Corner

Compilation: Alan Jay LERNER and Frederick LOEWE
Orchestral selections from: My Fair Lady; Camelot; Gigi; Brigadoon, and Paint Your Wagon  
  NAXOS 8.555015   [63:53]

Lerner and Loewe

On the face of it, this is a good idea to let the talent of Viennese-born composer Frederick Loewe predominate so that we can fully appreciate his talented contribution to these great hit musicals. Alas Hayman's arrangements are very hit and miss and really do not do the music any favours. Granted, occasionally there is 'just a little bit' of magic, but too often too there's too much rambling, too much indulgence; sometimes too much oompah, oompah, and many lugubrious stretches.

An oddity. 'Better to go for the originals and, for my money, include the brilliant lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner.

Ian Lace


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