Rumon Gamba with the BBC Philharmonic.
1. 633 Squadron: Main Theme
2. Frenzy: Main Theme
3. Lancelot And Guinevere: Main Theme
4. Deadly Strangers: Main Theme
The Battle Of Britain Suite (Premiere Recording)
5. Luftwaffe March (Aces High)
6. Prelude To Battle
7. Work And Play
8. Battle Of Britain Theme
9. Early Encounter
11. Whirlpool: Main Theme
12. The Trap: Main Theme "The London Marathon Theme"
13. Of Human Bondage: Main Theme
14. Monte Carlo Or Bust: Suite
15. 633 Squadron: Love Theme
16. Submarine X-1: Main Theme
17. Miss Marple Theme
18. Operation Crossbow: Main Theme
19. Clash Of Loyalties: Suite
20. Beauty And The Beast: Belle's Love Theme
21. Force Ten From Navarone: Main Theme
22. Where Eagles Dare: Main Theme
23. Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines Selection
633 Squadron, with a theme based on six beats and three beats, is probably Ron's most famous film theme. Always a challenge for French horn players, the theme is now played by orchestras all over the world. Initially William Walton was commissioned to do the score for Battle of Britain, but the music he provided was too short. Ron Goodwin was then approached. Most of the final film has Ron's music, with the exception of some of the air battle scenes for which Walton's music was retained.This is the first commercial recording of the suite that Ron put together of his music from the film.
The film "Beauty and the Beast" never did very well, but Ron was especially proud of the music he wrote for it. His stirring march for "Force Ten" from Navarone is still performed today by military bands worldwide. "Frenzy" was Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film. It concerned a serial killer murdering women in London with his necktie.To accompany the opening scenes, shot from a helicopter along the Thames before the camera finally pans down to a naked body floating in the river outside County Hall, Hitchcock wanted a 'travelogue'-style piece of music, so that the audience would not know anything nasty was about to happen! "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" featured a host of stars from the world of film and comedy. The suite of music from the film contains the various characters' themes and concludes with the main theme from the film. Miss Marple was an old fashioned lady, but she was always one step ahead of the police, and surprisingly 'with it'. Ron wrote the theme for the 'Miss Marple' films in a gavotte style but with a 60s rhythm-section feel to reflect her character.