Alwyn: Film Music

 
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WILLIAM ALWYN
Alwyn: Film Music
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, Mark Heron, Clark Rundell

[ Naxos Wind Band Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 30 October 2017

William Alwyn was a consummate film composer, as capable of creating powerful marches as he was atmospheric waltzes. In these exciting arrangements by Martin Ellerby for wind band, the full variety of Alwyn's inspiration can be appreciated. There is the romantic allure of the overture to The Crimson Pirate, the compact, brilliant characterisation of The History of Mr Polly and the suite from Geordie, with its seductive use of familiar Scottish melodies. The scores for The Way Ahead and Desert Victory convey action with superb and stirring effectiveness.

The RNCM Wind Orchestra is one of several large scale ensembles that make up the wide diversity of music making at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, one of the world's leading music conservatoires. Clark Rundell is currently Director of Contemporary Music at the RNCM, whereas Mark Heron is a member of the staff conducting faculty.

"These transcriptions work surprisingly well especially for the marches and the swiftly moving extrovert scores. Try the swashbuckling excitement that is The Crimson Pirate and the military pride and pomp and braggadocio of Desert Victory. The quirky waltz that is The Million Pound Note fares well too." MusicWeb

Tracks:

The Crimson Pirate Overture (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
The History of Mr Polly Suite (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
The Way Ahead March (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
State Secret Suite (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
The Million Pound Note Waltz (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
Suite from 'Swiss Family Robinson'
The True Glory March (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
Geordie Suite (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
In Search of the Castaways Suite (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)
Desert Victory Suite (arr. M. Ellerby for wind band)