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The John Wilson Orchestra: Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies

Audio Samples

>Oklahoma!: Overture / Main Title - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Oklahoma!: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
>Oklahoma!: People Will Say We're In Love
>Carousel: The Carousel Waltz - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Carousel: If I Loved You
>Carousel: June Is Bustin' Out All Over - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Carousel: You'll Never Walk Alone - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Carousel: Soliloquy
>South Pacific: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>South Pacific: Bali Ha'i - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>South Pacific: Twin Soliloquies / Unspoken Thoughts / Some Enchanted Evening - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>King and I: Overture, The - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Sound of Music: Main Title and Prelu dium, The - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Sound of Music: I Have Confidence, The
>Sound of Music: Climb Ev'ry Mountain, The - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)

Track List

>Oklahoma!: Overture / Main Title - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Oklahoma!: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
>Oklahoma!: People Will Say We're In Love
>Carousel: The Carousel Waltz - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Carousel: If I Loved You
>Carousel: June Is Bustin' Out All Over - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Carousel: You'll Never Walk Alone - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Carousel: Soliloquy
>South Pacific: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>South Pacific: Bali Ha'i - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>South Pacific: Twin Soliloquies / Unspoken Thoughts / Some Enchanted Evening - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>King and I: Overture, The - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Sound of Music: Main Title and Prelu dium, The - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)
>Sound of Music: I Have Confidence, The
>Sound of Music: Climb Ev'ry Mountain, The - (with The John Wilson Orchestra)

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

In 2010 at the BBC Proms, The John Wilson Orchestra performed a program of Broadway hits peeked by the great creative partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to outstanding critical and public acclaim. The program, entitled A celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein, featured excerpts from Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I and The Sound of Music. EMI Classics is proud to release the studio recording of the BBC Proms concert.

Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies presents a selection of classics from the Rodgers & Hamerstein movies in their stunning original film orchestrations. Together with soloists Sierra Boggess, Julian Ovenden, Anna-Jane Casey, Joyce DiDonato and David Pittsinger, and the Maida Vale Singers, John Wilson and his orchestra bring new life to this glorious collection of ground-breaking scores. The album begins with "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma! and culminates with the famously uplifting "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music sung by Grammy-award winner Joyce DiDonato.

Rodgers K & Hammerstein at the Movies debuted at number 17 on the Pop Album charts in the UK amongst releases from Coldplay and The XX. The album has shipped over 29,000 units becoming one of the top selling Classical releases of 2012 in the UK.

Composer, arranger and conductor John Wilson is one of the world's leading experts on the music of Hollywood and Broadway's Golden Age. In addition to his touring with his own orchestra, he has worked closely with Sir Paul McCartney, and also arranged and conducted the music for the Kevin Spacey film Beyond the Sea. Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies is his second recording with EMI Classics.

In 2010 at the BBC Proms, the John Wilson Orchestra performed a program of Broadway hits penned by the great creative partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to outstanding critical and public acclaim. The program, entitled A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein, featured excerpts from Oklahoma! Carousel, The King and I and The Sound of Music. EMI Classics is proud to release the studio recording of the BBC Proms concert.

Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies presents a selection of classics from the Rodgers & Hammerstein movies in their stunning original film orchestrations. Together with soloists Sierra Boggess, Julian Ovenden, Anna-Jane Casey, Joyce DiDonato and David Pittsinger, and the Maida Vale Singers, John Wilson and his orchestra bring new life to this glorious collection of ground-breaking scores. The album begins with "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornings" from Oklahoma! and culminates with the famously uplifting "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music sung by Grammy-award winner Joyce DiDonato.

Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies debuted at number 17 on the Pop Album charts in the UK amongst releases from Coldplay and The XX. The album has shipped over 29,000 units becoming one of the top selling Classical releases of 2012 in the UK.

Composer, arranger and conductor John Wilson is one of the world's leading experts on the music of Hollywood and Broadway's Golden Age. In addition to his touring with his own orchestra, he has worked closely with Sir Paul McCartney, and also arranged and conducted the music for the Kevin Spacey film Beyond the Sea. Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies is his second recording with EMI Classics.

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: David Benedict.

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios (04/2012-05/2012); Chapman Recording And Mastering, Kansas City, MO (04/2012-05/2012).

Renowned for re-creating the classic scores from the golden era of musicals, British conductor John Wilson and his acclaimed symphonic orchestra revisit their celebrated performance at the 2010 BBC Proms with this lovingly crafted tribute to the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Joined by some of the West End stage's most talented young leads including Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Julian Ovenden (Finding Neverland), and Anna-Jane Casey (Chicago), its 15 tracks cover material from what is widely regarded as the duo's Big Five. So alongside a solitary number from The King & I ("Overture"), listeners get beloved show tunes from South Pacific (the sprightly "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair"), Carousel (the choral singalong of "June Is Bustin' Out All Over"), Oklahoma (the sweeping romantic duet of "People Will Say We're in Love"), and The Sound of Music (the iconic instrumental theme). Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Wilson effortlessly recaptures the pizzazz and pure escapism of 1950s soundstages throughout, but it's only when Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes her presence felt that the album offers anything different. Indeed, as she showcases her soaring operatic tones on the emotionally stirring "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the inspirational "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," you wish that her ability to make cherished half-century-old musical classics entirely her own had been utilized a little more often. But as a celebration of both Rodgers & Hammerstein and Wilson's talents, At the Movies is, for the most part, box-office gold. ~ Jon O'Brien



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