Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse took home the Oscar for Best Music, Original Song Score And Its Adaptation at the 1983 Academy Awards for Blake Edwards’ comedic masterpiece Victor Victoria. Receiving a total of seven Oscar nominations, the film about a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman starring Edwards’ wife Julie Andrews continues to beguile and charm audiences over three decades after it hit the big screen. Henry Mancini received his first Oscar nomination in 1955, later scooping four wins across a prolific Hollywood career that includes Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffanys and the title song of Days Of Wine And Roses. Lyricist Leslie Bricusse is a British song-writing legend with an extensive catalogue of worldwide hits which include Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and Candy Man through to a vast range of musicals. Mancini’s long partnership with Blake Edwards began in television in the 1950s with Peter Gunn and had continued through the decades. The period score he created was a perfect match for the director’s screenplay and Mancini’s long friendship with Julie Andrews enabled him to write songs for her incredible octave range. From the beautiful ballad Crazy World to the show-stopping Le Jazz Hot this release brings together the entire score with bonus tracks, not least Robert Preston’s hilarious rehearsal of the song Shady Dame From Seville. Release date for this fascinating soundtrack reissue will be July 8th.
Due for release on May 13th Screen Serenade is a glorious celebration of well- loved film and TV themes especially arranged for solo harp by Claire’s husband, percussionist and composer Chris Marshall. Claire’s radiant performances range from commanding torrents of sound to a new, fragile and contemplative quality that Claire brings to music usually associated with the strings, piano and even the full orchestra. Sublimely delicate, yet at times poignant and implacable, Screen Serenade is a delightful album featuring themes such as Jurassic Park, Ice Dance (Edward Scissorhands), Downton Abbey, Cavatina (Deer Hunter), Pirates of the Caribbean, Romeo and Juliet, and E.T.
One of Wales’ most outstanding classical talents, Claire became a household name in 2011 following her esteemed performance at the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and she also held the position of Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales 2007-11.
“I have been in love with film music since I was a child, and have always wanted to create an album which includes my favourite soundtracks of all time. The sound of the harp brings an element of magic and sparkle to these well-known themes, and my dream as always is to bring the harp to a wider audience across the world” – Claire Jones
In 1958 the BBC Radiophonic Workshop opened with the aim to enhance in the main, drama output on the Third Programme (now Radio 3) following the development of new electronic music techniques emanating from Europe. Their work expanded across the BBC to take in TV drama (especially sci-fi), schools programmes and themes. The latter being their most celebrated and well known work, Delia Derbyshire’s treatment of Ron Grainer’s theme for Doctor Who. This collection, originally released by BBC Records in 1979 to celebrate 21 years of the workshop appears for the first time in its full original form on CD. From The Goons (Bloodnocks Stomach) to the Interval Signal to Doctor Who and Great Zoos Of The World this is a fascinating chronicle of some of the most innovative music ever made. These ground-breaking compositions providing a major influence on music from The Beatles and Pink Floyd and onwards into the contemporary world of Aphex Twin, Orbital and The Chemical Brothers. “The Radiophonic Workshop, I loved all that, it fascinated me, and still does”. – Paul McCartney.
It is no coincidence that ITV’s 2015 Christmas Special, Peter and Wendy, retold the classic story of Peter Pan set in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Author J.M Barrie donated the rights to his classic tale to the famous children’s hospital in 1929, which generate royalties from products or performances using the story. These funds help them to continue to provide world-class care for young patients and their families.
The soundtrack to Peter and Wendy by Maurizio Malagnini is available to buy or stream now digitally, but due to unprecedented demand, Silva Screen Records are releasing a limited run of 1000 CDs on April 1st. Every sale of the Peter and Wendy soundtrack (on any format) means a small donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital. To help to spread the word, Silva Screen Records will be tweeting a link to the new CD pre-order on Friday the 11th of March and donating £1 per re-tweet up to the value of £100 to the hospital.
Peter and Wendy in Limited Digipack Edition is released 1st April 2016
Originally transmitted on BBC2 in 2009 in a Sunday night prime time slot the series attracted the highest rating for a natural history series for the channel in over five years. Edmund Butt’s music won Best Original Score at The RTS Craft And Design Awards with the accolade, “This powerful score matched the visuals effortlessly whilst not being over played. The end result was both bold and epic”.
This Friday sees the release of this acclaimed score and Classic FM will be playing tracks from Yellowstone this week as their Drive featured album, starting 22nd of February after 6pm.
Silva Screen will release Victor Reyes’ score for The Night Manager in March (date tbc). A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s espionage drama – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – The Night Manager brings together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie and with a massive $30m budget, the series is the priciest drama per episode of any commissioned by a UK broadcaster.
The cover art for Clint Mansell’s upcoming soundtrack for the Ben Wheatley film “High-Rise” has been taken from a poster designed early in the film’s production process by US poster artist Jay Shaw. Shaw runs design studio “Kingdom of Nonsense” and designs for, amongst others, the legendary poster company, Mondo. Much of Shaw’s work is inspired by early 20th century Eastern European design, and the bold, stark imagery is perfectly suited to High Rise’s social symbolism, with the tower block set at its centre. You can read an interview from 2013 with the artist here.
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Starring Stanley Tucci in three roles as Captain Hook, Mr Darling, and Great Ormond Street Hospital surgeon Mr. Wylie. this 2015 Christmas TV special was a major hit with audiences in the UK. International award-winning composer Maurizio Malagnini (The Paradise, Call The Midwife) burst onto the scene in 2009, bringing to television his cinematic class and stunning melodies through his scores to numerous BBC hits. In demand because of his ability to vary his palette of sounds and styles, each time bringing the audience to the heart of the story, Malagnini’s work on The Paradise (broadcast in 132 territories) has recently been recognized with three Music + Sound Awards and an Emmy Award Nomination. It has been hailed as a ‘masterpiece of musical storytelling.’. Peter And Wendy is released on April 1st
Silva Screen will release Clint Mansell’s score to High-Rise on March 18th (US – May 13th). Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, the long awaited film version of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise brings to the screen his prescient tale of social idealism and class war breakdown within the confines of a luxurious tower block. Composer Clint Mansell launched his film scoring career in 1998 with Pi and with over 25 soundtracks to his name since he is firmly established as of one of the UK’s leading composers in film. Career highlights include Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, Moon and Black Swan. His composition Lux Aeterna from Requiem For A Dream has become a musical touchstone for its wide usage on TV, sports event and film trailers (most notably a reworking for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers). His High- Rise score has already received critical accolades from The Hollywood Reporter, “the sultry score invites us languidly into the fun and games” and The Telegraph, “the lustrous retro-classical score bursts with ironic good cheer”.
Opening in the UK on March 4th (US February 5th), the latest Coen brother’s film Hail, Caesar! is a comedy set in the Hollywood studio world of the 1950s. Josh Brolin stars as Eddie Mannix, a fixer whose job is to keep the big time actors in line. The soundtrack features four songs ( Slavery And Suffering, Echelons Song, Varchavianka and Kalinka) from Silva Screen’s extensive catalogue of Red Army recordings.