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Sir William Walton's Film Music, Vol. 4 - Ian Watson (harpsichord); John Gielgud (speech/speaker/speaking part); Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner (conductor)
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  1. Richard III: A Shakespeare Scenario, for orchestra (after the film score, arr. by C. Palmer)
  2. Fanfare and March, for brass (from music for "Macbeth"; arr. by C.Palmer)
  3. A Shavian Sequence, suite for orchestra (from film score "Major Barbara"; arr. by C.Palmer)
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This volume of Chandos' series of Walton's Music from the Olivier films includes Richard III: A Shakespearean Scenario and Major Barbara: a Shavian Sequence, concert arrangements by Christopher Palmer, as well an excerpt of incidental music from John Gielgud's 1941 stage production of Macbeth. These particular excerpts don't reveal Walton at his most consistent or his most profound, but they do illustrate his skill at writing colorful, evocative music with a strong sense of drama. Richard III is such a dark play and, heard ...