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Number: CHA10126

THE FILM MUSIC OF SIR ARNOLD BAX: OLIVER TWIST (CD)
Composed by: Arnold Bax

Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

BBC Philharmonic with Rumon Gamba.

Oliver Twist 60:20
Complete original score for the film, prepared by Graham Parlett

1. Prelude. Lento moderato 1:54
2. The Storm. Con vivo 3:20
3. Oliver's birth. Molto moderato 2:48
4. Picking oakum. Poco lento 2:21
5. Oliver asks for more. Allegro moderato e feroce - 1:22
6. Mr Bumble's March. Pomposo - Vivace 0:31
7. Oliver sent to bed among the coffins. Moderato 2:11
8. Oliver as funeral mute. Molto energico - 2:34
9. Death of Mrs Thingummy. Lento 2:03
10. The Fight. Allegro 1:25
11. Oliver's sleepless night. Andante - 2:28
12. Oliver's flight to London. Poco allegretto 0:31
13. Oliver meets the Artful Dodger. Allegro moderato 1:58
14. Fagin's romp. Allegro con vivacità 2:05
15. Oliver's pickpocketing lesson - 0:41
16. Pickpocketing. Allegretto semplice - 0:57
17. The Chase. Allegro vivace 1:59
18. Oliver faints in court. Tempo rubato - 0:46
19. Comic panic. Allegro 0:55
20. Oliver at Mr Brownlow's house. Poco lento 6:04
21. Oliver at play. Poco lento - Allegretto semplice 1:24
22. The Portrait - 1:03
23. Oliver's abduction. Lento 1:09
24. Mr Brownlow's grief. Lento - 1:46
25. Nancy's hysterical outburst. Allegro moderato - Andante 1:23
26. Nancy's flight in the rain to meet Mr Brownlow. Moderato 3:17
27. Dawn after the Murder. Moderato sereno/Bill Sike's rêverie. Poco lento 3:2
5 28. Wanted for Murder. Moderato - Lento 1:25
29. Finale [original]. Moderato brillante 3:09
30. Finale [alternative]. Moderato brillante 3:23

Malta, G.C. 12:33
Part 2

31. Gay March. Quick march tempo 1:24
32. Quiet Interlude. Allegretto 1:46
33. Work and Play. Moderato molto energico - 3:52
34. March. Lento ma non troppo - 5:30

OLIVER TWIST - The second of director David Lean's adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel ("Great Expectations," 1946 - was the first), "Oliver Twist" expertly boils down an enormous novel to a little less than two hours' screen time. The film begins with baby Oliver left on the doorstep of an orphanage/workhouse by his unwed mother. Proving a difficult charge to the wicked orphanage official, Oliver (John Howard Davies) is sold into a job as an undertaker's apprentice. He runs away and joins a gang of larcenous street urchins, led by master pickpocket Fagin (Alec Guinness). Oliver is rescued from this life by the kindly Mr. Brownlow (Henry Stephenson); but, with the complicity of evil Bill Sikes (Robert Newton), Fagin abducts Oliver. Sikes' girl friend Nancy (Kay Walsh) restores Oliver to Brownlow, leading to tragic consequences before an ultimately happy ending. Oliver Twist was filmed in England in 1948, but its American release was held up for three years due to the allegedly anti-Semitic portrayal of the duplicitous Fagin. Even in its currently censored form, "Oliver Twist" is one the best-ever film versions of a Dickens novel. It served as a blueprint for "Oliver!" (1968), the Oscar-winning musical version. Also stars Anthony Newley, and Diana Dors. 1948

MALTA G.C. - Documentary with a commentary by Sir Laurence Olivier that paid homage to the heroism of the Islanders during World War II. 1942

  
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