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The Film Music of Francis Chagrin
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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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Rumon Gamba

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[This] inventive and resourceful music can hold its head up high in this distinguished series ... Portrait of Eva, a piquant slow waltz with a wistful theme, describes the enigmatic lady in Guy Hamilton's film of Priestley's An Inspector Calls. Hamilton and Chagrin collaborated three times, their third title being The Intruder, a story of servicemean adapting to civilian life after the war. There are four 'orchestral episodes' in which cliché is never the norm and the music is often gritty and uncompromising. On a lighter note, there's a witty mélange of musical themes in The Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra (plus a caricature of the composer by Hoffnung on the inside sleeve jacket) ... This is an unexpected and most worthwhile issue.
Adrian Edwards, The Gramophone, 9/1/2005

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