39 Steps [Music from and Inspired by the Hit West End Show]

The 39 Steps [Music from and Inspired by the Hit West End Show]

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One of film director Alfred Hitchcock's early efforts was the 1935 classic movie mystery The 39 Steps. Using only four actors to play more than 100 parts, Patrick Barlow adapted the film script into a comic play that opened a successful run in London's West End over 70 years later, on September 14, 2006. Although it was a straight (i.e., non-musical) play,…  See more details below

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One of film director Alfred Hitchcock's early efforts was the 1935 classic movie mystery The 39 Steps. Using only four actors to play more than 100 parts, Patrick Barlow adapted the film script into a comic play that opened a successful run in London's West End over 70 years later, on September 14, 2006. Although it was a straight (i.e., non-musical) play, The 39 Steps employed lots of background music, most of it borrowed from the original film and other Hitchcock movies, which seems to have given Reynold D'Silva of Silva Screen Records the idea for this album. Silva Screen specializes in re-recordings of film scores, usually done by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and the label has been ingenious in finding ways to recycle the new recordings on a series of albums. It already had in its library versions of the Hitchcock film music, and so assembled this compilation, billed on its cover as "music from & inspired by the hit West End show." That isn't quite true, of course. The phrase "from & inspired by" tends to get slapped onto movie soundtrack albums to signal that some of the tracks aren't actually heard in the cinema. But, of course, none of this music was "inspired by" the play, since all of it was recorded at least a decade before the play opened, and in some cases quite a few decades before. (The disc concludes with a couple of British dance band hits of the '30s.) That doesn't matter too much, however. The potential customer simply should consider this an album largely consisting of music from Hitchcock movies, some it famous and highly identifiable music, such as the stabbing-strings cue that accompanied the shower scene in Psycho. How that is made to work in "the Crofter's Cottage and Chase on the Moor sequences" in the stage version of The 39 Steps, as the annotations put it, is another matter that may be answered by attending a performance in London or, starting April 29, 2008, on Broadway.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
Label:
Silva America
UPC:
0738572124823
catalogNumber:
1248

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Tracks

  1. The 39 Steps / Highland Hotel / Mr. Memory / Finale (from the film The  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Prelude (from the film The Lady Vanishes)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Main Title / The Telephone / The Trap / Finale (from the film Dial M fo  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Prelude / The City / Rainstorm / Murder / Finale (from the film Psycho)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. Prelude (from the film The Man Who Knew Too Much)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Scene D'Amour (from the film Vertigo)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. Suite (from the film Under Capricorn)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  8. Rhapsody (from the film Stage Fright)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. Funeral March of the Marionette (from the television show Alfred Hitchc  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  10. Love Theme (from the film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex)  -  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  11. Coronation Scot  - Charles Williams
  12. The Devil's Gallop  - Charles Williams
  13. Embassy Stomp
  14. Love Is The Sweetest Thing  -  Ray Noble & His New Mayfair Dance Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Noble   Conductor
Bowlly   Vocals
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Ambrose   Conductor
New Mayfair Dance Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Embassy Club Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Queen's Hall Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams   Conductor

Technical Credits

Richard Addinsell   Composer
Charles Gounod   Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Bernard Herrmann   Composer
Vivian Ellis   Composer
Leighton Lucas   Composer
Jack Beaver   Composer
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Damien Doherty   Artwork
Louis Levy   Composer
Bert Barnes   Composer
Patrick Barlow   Liner Notes
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer
Charles Williams   Composer

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