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John Wilson selects film musical excerpts, including Singin' in the Rain, Top Hat, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Oliver and Sweeney Todd.

Conductor John Wilson offers a personal selection of numbers from classic film musicals from Singin' in the Rain to Sweeney Todd.

John has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years conducting and recording music for the film and an especially favourite genre of his is film musicals, in particular the Golden Age of the classic MGM musicals.

In this programme John presents a list of some of his favourites, from the earliest days of the cinema, to our own time. Films he draws on include much loved ones such as:

Singin' in the Rain
Top Hat
Guys and Dolls
West Side Story
Mary Poppins
and Sweeney Todd.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Nacio Herb Brown

    Singin' in the Rain

    Conductor: Lennie HAYTON Performer: Debbie REYNOLDS - Singer Performer: Gene KELLY - Singer Performer: Mgm Studio Orchestra

    • CBS.
    • AK45394.
  • Johnny Green (arranger)

    MGM Jubilee Overture

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CD0288432.
  • Harry Warren

    42nd Street - musical: 42nd Street

    Performer: The Boswell Sisters Performer: The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra

    • ASV.
    • CDAJA5139.
  • George Gershwin

    Shall We Dance? - musical : They Can't Take That Away From Me

    Arranger: Performer: Fred ASTAIRE - Singer Performer: Studio Orchestra

    • Rhino.
    • 8122-72828-2.
  • Irving Berlin

    Top hat - musical: Cheek to cheek

    Conductor: Victor YOUNG Performer: Ginger ROGERS - Singer Performer: Victor Young Orchestra

    • CONIFER.
    • CDHD166.
  • Frank Churchill

    Medley - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

    Performer: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Conductor: Erich Kunzel Performer: Douglas Webster - Singer Performer: Tracy DAHL - Soprano

    • TELARC.
    • CD80196.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris vers. for orchestra

    Conductor: Michael TILSON THOMAS Performer: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • CBS.
    • MDK45746.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Oklahoma! - musical: i. Overture ; ii. Oh, what a beautiful mornin'; iii. Oklahoma!

    Conductor: Jay BLACKTON Performer: Gordon MACRAE - Singer Performer: Mgm Studio Orchestra

    • CDC5273502.
    • EMI CDC5273502.
  • Frederick Loewe

    Brigadoon - musical [1947]: The Heather on the hill

    Conductor: John WILSON Performer: Matthew Ford Performer: John Wilson Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CD0288432.
  • Frank Loesser

    Guys and Dolls - musical: Fugue for Tin horns / Luck Be A Lady / Sit down you're rocking t

    Performer: ORIGINAL FILM CAST - Main Artist

    • DELTA.
    • CD6733.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side story - musical in 2 acts: Act 1, no.6; Tonight (Balcony scene) [duet]

    Conductor: Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918 - 1990) Performer: Jose CARRERAS - Tenor Performer: Kiri TE KANAWA - Soprano Performer: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • CBS 35DP59.
    • 35DP59.
  • Richard M. Sherman

    Mary Poppins: Feed The Birds

    Conductor: Irwin KOSTAL Performer: Julie ANDREWS - Singer

    • DSMCD459.
  • Lionel Bart

    Oliver! - musical: Who Will Buy?

    Conductor: John Greene Performer: Mark Lester - Singer Performer: Mark Lester Ensemble

    • RCA 55012R.
    • 55012R.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    Sweeney Todd - musical: i. Prelude; ii. Act 1 The Worst pies in London

    Conductor: Paul GEMIGNANI Performer: Helena Bonham Carter - Singer

    • 7559799580.
  • Richard M. Sherman

    Mary Poppins: Chim-Chim Cher-ee

    Conductor: Irwin KOSTAL Performer: Dick Van DYKE - Singer

    • DSMCD459.