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  • Performer: Dukes; BBC Philharmonic; Gamba
  • Composer: Bennett Richard Rodney
  • Audio CD (Dec 5 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chn
  • ASIN: B000053HK1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Murder On The Orient Express
2. Far From The Madding Crowd
3. Lady Caroline Lamb: I. Molto Vivo - Lento - Alla Marcia - Lento - BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba/Philip Dukes
4. Lady Caroline Lamb: II. Maestoso - Andante Con Moto - Poco Agitato - Alla Breve - BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba/Philip Dukes
5. Tender Is The Night: Nicole's Theme
6. Enchanted April
7. Four Weddings And A Funeral: Love Scene

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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2001
Format: Audio CD
I remember Bennett for his wonderful film scores for Nicholas and Alexandra(the fold-out LP album had a regal splendour to it) and Lady Caroline Lamb. Marcus Dodds conducted the Lamb score with the New Philharmonia Orchestra on LP (Angel S-36946) - now out of print. Gamba`s conducting is marvellous on this Chandos re-recording. But Dodds is unsurpassed for his romantic and passionate handling, with Peter Mark giving an intense interpretation of the Caroline theme. Overall, the LP has
greater presence and tension. Well, soundtrack recordings are usually more impassioned and sensitive than re-recordings. Still, credit should go to Gambas for his consistent high quality in the Chandos film music series. Incidentally, the Lamb LP recording is listed in the Library of Congress (No. 73-750111). If you can`t get the LP try that Library!
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This recording is generally very well performed and produced. The playing of the BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba is very high caliber indeed. I am not a big fan of movie music, but I was glad I bought this CD.
I bought this album for the highlight selection, the Elegy for Viola and Orchestra from Lady Caroline Lamb. This piece is pure heaven. The only piece I know that is even somewhat similar is Vaughan-Williams' Flos Campi. The soloist, orchestra and conductor are magnificent in Bennett's work - this is reason enough to own this CD.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa288087c) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa236f414) out of 5 stars A unique collection of film music June 16 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording is generally very well performed and produced. The playing of the BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba is very high caliber indeed. I am not a big fan of movie music, but I was glad I bought this CD.
I bought this album for the highlight selection, the Elegy for Viola and Orchestra from Lady Caroline Lamb. This piece is pure heaven. The only piece I know that is even somewhat similar is Vaughan-Williams' Flos Campi. The soloist, orchestra and conductor are magnificent in Bennett's work - this is reason enough to own this CD.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa236f864) out of 5 stars I love this music! Feb. 10 2013
By HardyBoy64 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this CD because I love the movie "Far from the Madding Crowd" and I wanted to buy the original score. I quickly learned that this is practically impossible to obtain and very pricey if you can find it. This was my only alternative and I was not disappointed. The 15 minute suite from the film is hauntingly beautiful and I consider it to be one of my favorite film themes of all time. Additionally, I was very happy with the quality of the other music on the CD. The BBC orchestra presents a solid recording from a variety of films and all of these pieces of music show the musical genius of their composer, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. I would recommend this CD with great enthusiasm to lovers of film music, especially fans of orchestral scores with traditional themes. This is just high quality music.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa236f894) out of 5 stars delightful Feb. 12 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember Bennett for his wonderful film scores for Nicholas and Alexandra(the fold-out LP album had a regal splendour to it) and Lady Caroline Lamb. Marcus Dodds conducted the Lamb score with the New Philharmonia Orchestra on LP (Angel S-36946) - now out of print. Gamba`s conducting is marvellous on this Chandos re-recording. But Dodds is unsurpassed for his romantic and passionate handling, with Peter Mark giving an intense interpretation of the Caroline theme. Overall, the LP has
greater presence and tension. Well, soundtrack recordings are usually more impassioned and sensitive than re-recordings. Still, credit should go to Gambas for his consistent high quality in the Chandos film music series. Incidentally, the Lamb LP recording is listed in the Library of Congress (No. 73-750111). If you can`t get the LP try that Library!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa236fbc4) out of 5 stars Wonderful March 29 2011
By D. B. Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD for the love theme from Four Weddings and a Funeral, which I had been searching for for years. Found the other music to be beautiful as well. This CD is perfect for a rainy afternoon with a glass of wine or a cup of tea. It's soothing and evocative. Wasn't aware of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, but I am looking up more of his music now!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa236fccc) out of 5 stars Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Ave Atque Vale Jan. 4 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936 -20120 was a far more important British composer than most of us recognize. He composed five opera, three symphonies, six major choral works and many classical instrumental pieces. But his legacy will likely always be secure because of the brilliant film scores he composed. He died on Christmas Eve 2012, an honored CBE who in his later years made his home in New York City form 1979 -2012.

This very fine CD was released in 2001 and features the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Rumon Gamba. The excerpts here are form the following films:
1. Murder on the Orient Express - 1974
2. Far from the Madding Crowd
3. Lady Caroline Lamb, elegy for viola & orchestra 1972 with Philip Dukes as viola soloist
4. Tender is the Night, television score: Nicole's Theme 1985
5. Enchanted April, film score: Theme 1991
6. Four Weddings and a Funeral, film score: Love Scene 1994

While there are other fine recording of Bennett's eclectic output it is likely that audiences will remain connected to his music by the exceptional quality of the works containing in this recording. He was a giant in many ways and has left his mark firmly on cinematic history. Grady harp, January 13


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