Genius of Film Music: Hollywood Blockbusters 1960s-1980s

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The 1960s to 1980s produced some of the most iconic film scores of all time. In this new album charting the development of the 'Hollywood sound', the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri present music from such classics as PsychoStar Trek - The Motion Picture and Lawrence of Arabia.

Most of the pieces here were arranged and edited by film expert Mauceri, using the original scores that are kept in various archives. They received their London concert premieres at the performance presented here, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in November 2013. 

The orchestra is on excellent form and it’s a particular thrill to hear some of the less familiar scores, including Bronisław Kaper’s sweeping Mutiny on the Bounty as well as the first release of Alex North's orchestral 'symphony' for Cleopatra.

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