My beloved John Wilson’s very first time on the podium in the Royal Albert was not with his eponymous orchestra—that was in 2009—but, at age 35, conducting the 50-piece BBC Concert Orchestra in their program, “British Film Music” (entire program available here in 14 parts)*. First up is William Walton’s score from the unseemly gorgeous 1969 war picture Battle of Britain. “Battle in the Air” (in part 1 at 1:20) is spirited, ravishing and very dramatic. I saw the film first-run back home in Minneapolis, then again a few years later in London and then again in, of all places, Patras, Greece, but it’s the music I remember most.
Yes love, that overtone did seem to go on forever, didn’t it?
Here’s the entire program:
- “Battle In the Air” from Battle of Britain (1969) / William Walton
- Suite from Anna Karenina (1948) / Constant Lambert
- Prelude from The 49th Parallel (1941) / Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Waltz from Genevieve (1953) / Larry Adler
- Theme from Lawrence of Arabia (1962) / Maurice Jarre
- Suite from The Red Shoes (1948) / Brian Easdale
- March from The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) / Malcolm Arnold
- Love Theme from Yanks (1979) / Richard Rodney Bennett
- Medley from the Carry On film series (1958-1992) / Eric Rogers (arr Sutherland)
- Overture from Much Ado About Nothing (1993) / Patrick Doyle
- “Shakespeare In Love” from the film (1998) / Stephen Warbeck
- Suite from Wilde (1997) / Debbie Wiseman
- “Chicken Run” from the film (2000) / John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams
- “Shadowlands” from the film (1993) / George Fenton
- “A Bridge Too Far” from the film (1977) / John Addison
- “Harry’s Wondrous World” from the Harry Potter film series (2001-2011) / John Williams
- March from The Dam Busters (1955) / Eric Coates
Cynthia Fleming, leader. Philip Achille, Cynthia Millar, soloists. Maida Vale Singers, chorus. Richard E Grant, host. Appearance by Sir Richard Attenborough.
*I’ll see if I can’t get to uploading the rest of the mp3s for this show one of these days.