14 Nov

CD Review – RODGERS & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

By  Peter Burt
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CD Review – RODGERS & Hammerstein’s
Soloists/Sinfonia Of London/John Wilson
Chandos CHSA 5322(2) [TT 99:43]

Composer Richard Rodgers' (1902-79) and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein ll's (1895-1960) first collaboration is described by the record company on their website as ground-breaking when the musical debuted on Broadway 80 years ago, and this is the world première complete recording with Robert Russell Bennett's orchestrations of the original score, which have been restored by the late Bruce Pomahac, who was the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization’s MD for more than 20 years.

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About Geoff 123
Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a biography of singer, actor, producer Adam Faith.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. He retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing.

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The stories and artwork behind the music of every James Bond film scored by John Barry alongside 300+ colour images, Oct 27, 2022, English
    By Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker || Cover design and artwork by: Ruud Rozemeijer.