Win a copy of John Wilson’s new recording
Rodgers & Hammerstein at the movies
We’ve got two copies of conductor John Wilson’s new recording Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies to give away, including music from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
All the music is performed by the John Wilson Orchestra and the singers include operatic mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as well as West End leading lady Anna-Jane Casey.
Many of the tracks had to be reconstructed from skeleton scores, as Wilson explained when he spoke to BBC Music Magazine: 'A lot of the music for old Hollywood musicals doesn’t survive because nobody ever thought they’d need it again. Rodgers & Hammerstein looked after their material rather better but for some of the numbers on the recording nothing survived so we just had to listen to the soundtracks and restore them by listening over and over again.'
And although the music may sound light-hearted, as Wilson explained, it's actually very difficult to pull off: 'The end product in light music is that it should sound deft and effortless and that effortlessness and lightness of touch is only achieved through great commitment and a lot of effort from the people who are playing it. This music was written for virtuoso orchestras – the movie orchestras of the 1950s were some of the greatest orchestras in the world.'
If you want to catch John Wilson and his orchestra live, their UK tour kicks off this Saturday (20 October) in Birmingham. Head to the orchestra’s website for more information.
To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the new recording, simply answer the following question:
Which Rodgers & Hammerstein musical features the song 'You'll Never Walk Alone'?