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CHAN 10543
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CHAN 10543

The Film Music of Mischa Spoliansky

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2009

Originally recorded in 1996


BBC Concert Orchestra

Rumon Gamba

Mark Coles


Roderick Elms



Watford Colosseum

Cheltenham College Chapel


Philip Lane


Ralph Couzens

(other works)

Neil Varley

(other works)


Antony Askew


Jonathan Cooper


Ralph Couzens

(other works)

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Film & TV Music

Total Time - 71:48
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  All tracks (except 11 and 16) arranged by Philip Lane  
premiere recording

Suite from 'North West Frontier'

1 I Main Titles. Pesante - Vivo - Grandioso 1:26
2 II Attack on the Train. Moderato - Allegro moderato - 4:33
3 III Scott and Mrs Wyatt. Andante 3:14
4 IV Eton Boating Song. Marziale 0:46

Three Songs from 'Sanders of the River'

5 1 Canoe Song. Moderato (with rhythmic swing) 2:48
6 2 Congo Lullaby. Andante moderato 3:20
7 3 Love Song. Slowly 2:43
premiere recording

Suite from 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles'

8 1 The Miracles. Allegro vivace 2:37
9 2 Scherzo. Allegro giocoso 3:20
  Ileana Ruhemann flute  
10 3 The Grand Palace. March 3:06

Voice in the Night

  from Wanted for Murder  
  Arranged and reconstructed by Heinz Walter Florin  
  Furioso - Grandioso - Andante tranquillo - Furioso -  
 Roderick Elms piano
premiere recording

Suite from 'The Ghost Goes West'

12 1 Prelude. Allegro - Andante con moto - Allegro 2:13
13 2 Ghost's Walk. Largo, misterioso 2:00
14 3 Love Theme. Andante 2:09
15 4 Chase and Finale. Allegretto - Andante (Solemn Music) 2:09


  from Idol of Paris  
  Orchestrated by George L. Zalva  
  Allegro maestoso - Grandioso - Andante espressivo -  
 Roderick Elms piano
premiere recording

Suite from 'King Solomon's Mines'

17 1 Titles and Map. Moderato 2:19
18 2 Wagon Song. Andante 3:06
19 3 The Desert. Andante 3:59
20 4 Mountain Song. Moderato 3:26
21 5 Finale. Marziale 1:54
 Mark Coles bass
premiere recording


  from The Happiest Days of Your Life  
premiere recording


  for solo organ  
  from Saint Joan  
  John Wright organ  

Chandos Movies, with conductor Rumon Gamba has developed quite a reputation for re-discovering music from the halcyon days of British cinema.  In this latest instalment, Chandos Movies welcomes the film music of Mischa Spoliansky.  

BBC Concert Orchestra makes a welcome return with the premiere recordings of  The Happiest Days of your Life Galop, The Man who could work miracles, The Ghost goes West, Suite: King Solomon’s Mines and Suite: North West Frontier and Five Robeson Songs.   

Having fled Russia after the Revolution Mischa Spoliansky found himself in Weimar Berlin where he enjoyed a reputation in the booming theatrical and cabaret life.  Here he worked with such luminaries as Max Reinhardt and Marlene Dietrich, and was seen as a more upbeat version of Kurt Weill.  In 1933 Spoliansky left his adopted Germany after Hitler’s rise to power and emigrated to London where he began a second career as a film composer.  He was commissioned by film-maker Alexander Korda of London Films to writer the scores for Sanders of the River (1935), which won the prize for Best Music at the Venice Film Festival, and The Ghost Goes West (1935).   He went on to score over 50 movies in his 40 years as a composer in England.  

‘I’m very happy to have finally recorded a disc of the film music of Mischa Spoliansky.  An admirer of his ‘cabaret’ songs, it has been a pleasure to dig deeper into his scores for such well known films as North West Frontier, Sanders of the River and King Solomon’s Mines.  Something a little unusual this time as well – a new suite for Bass voice and Orchestra; Five Robeson Songs – songs written for Paul Robeson, the star of two of the films featured on the disc.’ Rumon Gamba.  Chandos is delighted to welcome Mark Coles in his debut part for Chandos singing the Robeson Songs.

“…Rumon Gamba and the BBC Concert Orchestra provide choice interpretations, full of their customary panache and flourish, and the Chandos sonics are up to our usual expectations. Another winner in this indispensable series.”

Paul A Snook 

Fanfare - January/February 2010

“…Ruman Gamba, his soloists, and the BBC players are at the top of their form; and Chandos engineers contribute their expected rich sonics.”

Mark Koldys


American Record Guide - January/February 2010

“Accomplished film music from a versatile but sadly little-known composer….Like its predecessors in this series, this is a state-of-the-art recording of a thoroughly enjoyable selection of film music notable for its diversity and arrangements. It’s a must for all collectors on those counts and in bringing to light such an engaging talent.”

Adrian Edwards


Gramophone - December 2009

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A Eadie