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The Film Music of Clifton Parker

The Film Music of Clifton Parker

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2005

Originally recorded in 2004

Artists:

BBC Concert Orchestra


Rumon Gamba



Venue:

Walthamstow Town Hall



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Michael Common

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 79:35
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The Film Music of Clifton Parker

 

CLIFTON PARKER

(1905-1989)
Select Complete Single Disc for
   
premiere recording
 

Suite from 'Treasure Island'

23:35  
  Arranged by Philip Lane  
1 Main Titles and The Admiral Benbow 3:59
2 To Bristol/Setting Sail 2:24
3 On the Island 2:24
4 Storming the Stockade 3:09
5 Jim Hawkins, Ship to Shore 3:35
6 Looking for the Treasure 2:20
7 Leaving the Island 4:58
   
8 

Seascape from 'Western Approaches'

4:37
  Edited by Philip Lane  
   
premiere recording
 

The Sword and the Rose

7:23  
  Reconstructed, arranged and orchestrated by Philip Lane  
9 Fanfare 1:27
10 Galliard 1:11
11 Lute Dance 2:47
12 Volta 2:00
   
premiere recording
13 

March from 'Sea of Sand'

3:10
  Arranged and orchestrated by Philip Lane  
   
premiere recording
14 

The Blue Lagoon

9:15
  Rhapsody for orchestra  
  Reconstructed, arranged and orchestrated by Philip Lane  
15 

Theme from 'Night of the Demon'

3:02
  Reconstructed and arranged by Philip Lane  
   
premiere recording
16 

Virgin Island: A Caribbean Rhapsody

9:24
  Edited by Philip Lane  
17 

March from 'Sink the Bismarck!'

4:19
  Orchestrated by Philip Lane  
   
premiere recording
18 

Blue Pullman

15:34
  Arranged by Philip Lane  
In September last year Chandos released its first recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Gordon Langford’s Orchestral Classics was such a big success that we asked the orchestra to record some of our hugely popular Film Music discs. The BBC Concert Orchestra is particularly at home in lighter repertoire – it is, after all, the official orchestra of Britain’s longest-running live music programme on radio, Friday Night is Music Night, the show which, for the past fifty years, has featured artists from the world of opera and musical theatre, performing the very best of popular classics.
Chandos Movies is one of the best known film music labels in the industry and has received tremendous critical acclaim. The series is especially associated with the conductor Rumon Gamba, whose understanding for the form shines through.

Clifton Parker was a prolific composer in the British film industry during the 1940s and 50s. Originally singled out by legendary music director Muir Matheson he went on to enjoy a twenty year career in the movies. Inexplicably, his work, renowned for its lively, symphonic style, is little known today, despite writing the scores for a number of classic movies.

The latest in our hugely popular film music series.



One of Clifton Parker’s first film scores was Western Approaches, a wartime documentary about the struggle of a merchant vessel crew to survive after being torpedoed. After scoring the film Parker adapted some of the music into a memorable tone poem entitled Seascape. Because of this success of this work, which sold particularly well on record, and because of his swirling and surging orchestrations, Parker was asked to write an abundance of maritime yarns. Among his most successful were Treasure Island, The Blue Lagoon and Sink the Bismarck!.
Treasure Island was the first of Parker’s three scores for Walt Disney, and it was a successful and definitive version of the Stevenson classic. The Blue Lagoon is the story of two children shipwrecked on a desert island for ten years. The score for this intriguing drama filmed against exotic Fijian locations was originally issued on 78rpm records. This is perhaps one of the composer’s main scores that film music fans have wanted to see re-issued. Sink the Bismarck! was one of Parker’s most respected scores, the main theme of which has been recorded and published a number of times. The film relates the Royal Navy campaign of 1941 to target and destroy the feared German battleship Bismarck. The March heard here is famously regal and so patriotic that some audiences were reported to be standing up for the end title, mistaking it for the National Anthem!
The Sword and the Rose was another historical adventure for Disney, set at the court of Henry VIII. Parker supplied on-scene music for the court dancing – original music in the style of the Tudor period.
Clifton Parker was also much in demand for his thriller scores, and his Night of the Demon is particularly powerful. Underrated on its initial release, this essay in the occult has become something of a cult classic in recent years, thanks mainly to Jacques Tourneur’s subtle direction and Clifton Parker’s score.




The indefatigable Philip Lane, who has arranged and edited Parker’s music, is one of the heroes of this recording; the orhers are the BBC Concert Orchestra, replacing their northern colleagues, the BBC Philharmonic, in this series. They play with huge gusto under Rumon Gamba. The booklet with excellent documentation, stills from the films and a charming photograph of the composer and colleague Muir Mathieson with Jean Simmons, on whose every word they seem to be hanging, is a pleasure in its own right.
Gramophone

Clifton Parker was truly inspirational in producing descriptive and engaging music. The music is always interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.. Chandos’ usual high production standards include lavish sleeve notes… highly recommended.
Music from the Movies

This is an uncommonly well-programmed survey, but there is nothing atypical about Rumon Gamba’s spirited performances. He seems incapable of treating films scores with anything less than total respect and enthusiasm, and the BBC players respond in kind. First-rate restorations from Philip Lane combine with excellent notes and gorgeous sound to complete an attractive release. Don’t overlook it because the composer’s name is not a familiar one. Gamba might just convince you that it should be.
American Record Guide




*****
P Ashmore