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William P. Perry: Music for Great Films of the Silent Era / Chertock, Kearns, Albek

Audio Samples

>Perry, William (ii) : Gemini Concerto, an entertainment for violin, piano & orchestra
>Perry, William (ii) : The Silent Years, rhapsodies (3) for piano & orchestra
>Perry, William (ii) : Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie, for voice & orchestra

Album Summary

>Perry, William (ii) : Gemini Concerto, an entertainment for violin, piano & orchestra
>Perry, William (ii) : The Silent Years, rhapsodies (3) for piano & orchestra
>Perry, William (ii) : Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie, for voice & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American composer and pianist William Perry is credited with playing a significant role in the revival of interest in films of the silent era. As Music Director of the Museum of Modern Art Film Department in New York City, he composed more than a hundred film scores, many of which received international recognition through the Emmy Award-winning television series, The Silent Years, hosted by Orson Welles and Lillian Gish. In this recording, music from Perry's silent film scores has been given full symphonic concert treatment so that a whole new generation can experience the unending flow of melody, the exuberant dance rhythms, the rich orchestral palette and the keen sense of period and style that are characteristic of his writing.

William Perry has achieved prominence as a theatre and concert composer in addition to his film work, and has also enjoyed an important career as a producer. His television productions have won Emmy and Peabody Awards.

Fanfare
Here Perry's piano scores have been clothed in handsome orchestrations by Robert Nowak, and sumptuously performed and recorded by the RT+ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) conducted by Paul Phillips. I won't go into explicating the pieces here. I suggest that you acquire this release post-haste, listen to it, and read Douglas Bruce's and Jane Iredale's informative liner notes. This offering is strongly recommended to all film.

Ritmo
This is of course a large capacity evocative music, with rhythms and melodies, sounds and effects are also certain, that enliven our imagination, a friendly and peaceful music, heard without effort, if you want light but very well done. The versions are too well the size and all that is recorded for the first time, provides a great time.

MusicWeb International
The RTÉ Orchestra and Paul Phillips play these colourful and melodic works with great enthusiasm and panache and mention must be made of Robert Nowak's brilliant orchestrations.

Cinemusical
Perry's music has a more relaxed and light touch that draws the listener in to its many delightful tunes and orchestral colors. Fine performances by the Albeks, Chertok, Kearns, and the fine Irish orchestra make this a real find. If you are a fan of the many Carl Davis suites from that composer's work in silent film, you will find Perry another superb musical voice worth exploring with his music firmly informed by American popular music of the early 20th Century. Regardless of where the themes here received their inspirations, the music works quite well purely on its own.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: National Concert Hall, Dublin (2010-05-31&2010-06-01_2010-).



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Works Details

>Perry, William (ii) : Gemini Concerto, an entertainment for violin, piano & orchestra
  • Performers: Fiona Albek (Piano); Ambra Albek (Viola); Ambra Albek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Phillips
  • Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin (2010-05-31&2010-06-01_2010-)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Perry, William (ii) : The Silent Years, rhapsodies (3) for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Michael Chertock (Piano)
  • Conductor: Paul Phillips
  • Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin (2010-05-31&2010-06-01_2010-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Perry, William (ii) : Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Helen Kearns
  • Conductor: Paul Phillips
  • Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin (2010-05-31&2010-06-01_2010-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary