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CHAN 10636

The Film Music of Brian Easdale

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2011

Originally recorded in 2010


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rumon Gamba

BBC National Chorus of Wales


BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales


Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

Jonathan Cooper


Record Label
Chandos Movies


Orchestral & Concertos

Film & TV Music

Total Time - 75:37
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  premiere recordings (except*)  

Ballet from 'The Red Shoes'*

  Performing edition by John Wilson  
  Cynthia Millar ondes martenot  
1 I Allegro vivace - 2:37
2 II Allegro moderato e molto ritmico - 1:22
3 III Poco più mosso - 1:35
4 IV Lento tranquillo - 0:53
5 V Largo - 1:49
6 VI Presto, quasi cadenza - 2:31
7 VII Allegro assai - 2:24
8 VIII Sostenuto 2:27

Suite from 'Kew Gardens'

  for Chamber Orchestra  
  Performing edition by Philip Lane  
9 1 Introduction and Allegretto - 1:53
10 2 Spring Flowers - 0:54
11 3 Summer Sequence - 2:28
12 4 Finale 1:33

Suite from 'Black Narcissus'

  for Chorus and Orchestra  
  Performing edition by Philip Lane  
13 1 Main Titles and the Palace of Mopu - 5:34
14 2 Irish Song - 2:54
15 3 Sister Ruth and Mr Dean - 1:52
16 4 Hunting Song - 1:55
17 5 Death of Sister Ruth 1:39

Prelude and March from 'The Battle of the River Plate'

  for Orchestra  
  Performing edition by Philip Lane  
18 1 Prelude - 3:19
19 2 March* 2:25

Suite from 'Adventure On!'

  for Orchestra  
  A musical progress for Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra  
20 1 Prelude and Pastorale 5:40
21 2 Intermezzo and Dance (Africa) 2:25
22 3 Barcarolle and Sultan's Fanfare (Aden) 3:00
23 4 Pastorale and Lullaby (India) 3:47
24 5 Finale Progress (Malaya to Fiji) 3:55

Suite from 'Gone to Earth'

  for Chorus and Orchestra  
  Performing edition by Philip Lane  
25 1 Titles - 1:33
26 2 The Hunt of the Death Pack - 1:41
27 3 The Prayer - 1:10
28 4 The Shropshire County Fair - 1:47
29 5 Hunter's Spinney - 3:03
30 6 Undern Morning - 2:18
31 7 Finale 3:14

Film Music – BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
Brian Easdale was a prolific composer whose extensive output covered most genres, from orchestral pieces, concertos, and choral works, including a mass for the new Coventry Cathedral, to chamber compositions.

The disc forms part of Chandos’ acclaimed film music series with Rumon Gamba, the works showcasing Easdale’s career in film with classic scores from, among others, The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, and The Battle of the River Plate.

Franck Mallet – Classica – March 2012

“…Praise for Rumon Gamba’s conducting and Chandos’s audio have become routine; be assured they are both up to their usual high standards. The choice of longer suites (from fewer films) is also welcome, especially with music as striking as Brian Easdale’s.”

Koldys – American Record Guide – July/August 2011

“… The BBC national Orchestra and Chorus of Wales perform Easdale’s music with great vigour and bring out the passion in it. He was atypical of most film composers; nothing was obvious in his output and his musical style and subtle musical effects enhance the films and provide an excellent counterpoint to the visuals. His music and the films were a match made in heaven.”

Michael Darvell – – 7 March 2011

           Editor’s Choice
“Restoring the reputation of a now-forgotten Oscar-winning composer… Rumon Gamba conducts Easdale’s music with a blazing conviction that entices the listener back to the films themselves.”

Adrian Edwards – Gramophone May 2011

"Easdale’s rewarding film music is given Chandos’s full regal panoply."

Rob Barnett

MusicWeb-International - February 2011

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