The ideal freebie gift with this CD would have been a mini cut-out Union
Jack flag to have waving beside your CD player. The venture positively reeks
of jingoistic pride. Hurrah !
The "Prelude" from Ron Goodwins Frenzy was a great place to
start really since it has that heraldic fanfare quality suiting the announcement
of something grand. Its he first of several such patriotic marching
fanfares. Later, theres Clifton Parkers "Overture" from Sink
The Bismarck ! amongst so many more.
Arnold Baxs Oliver Twist suite is a real treat, with the requisite
sprightly jollyness measured by the breathtaking "The Chase". Its nicely
contrasted by the following suite from The Curse of the Werewolf,
and thats really one of the albums strengths. The sequencing
keeps you on your toes for constant surprises. On disc two, having The
Lady Vanishes precede Horrors of the Black Museum is terrific
jolt in style. The whole point of course, is that in celebrating Brit. produced
scores this unequivocally shows its not just a nation of pastoral musical
There are so many highlights to choose from. I particularly enjoyed the harp
parts for the "Romanza" of James Bernards The Scars of Dracula,
and again in Rachel Portmans regular lush style for Emma. The
other "Rhapsody" of Leighton Lucas Stage Fright is equally lovely.
Theres a great theremin sample for "The Red Shoes Ballet", as well
as very subtle electronic augmentations in other cues.
About the biggest thing I have to thank this collection for is finally solving
a mystery for me from last year. The grand regal march from David Newmans
Anastasia at last revealed itself to me as from Herrmanns Three
Worlds of Gulliver. Thanks for clearing that up Silva!