New recording of Tiomkin's ALAMO score
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Written by: Jeffrey Dane,
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Not long ago I was told by the best authority (*) that the first complete
recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for John Wayne's 1960-released film
Alamo" [In Todd-AO, ed] was made in Nov. 2009 in Europe. I had been told about this in
confidence and I'm now at liberty to say that the recording is scheduled for
official release on May 11 (though it can be ordered now; see below). The
recording's release anticipates by about five months the 50th anniversary of
the premiere of the film itself on October 24, 1960 at the Woodlawn Theatre
in San Antonio, Texas. Suffice it to say that all things come to those who
wait (and who sometimes wait, and wait, and wait. . .).
(*) In this case my friend John Waxman, the son of composer Franz Waxman.
The CD was produced by James Fitzpatrick of Tadlow Music, for a Belgian
label under the direction of Luc Van de Ven; the music on this new recording
is performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival
Chorus, conducted by Nic Raine.
About this recording, John Waxman had told me, ". . . everything Tiomkin
wrote, much not in the picture including entrance, intermission and exit
music from roadshow runs at the Rivoli Theatre in New York."
The recording can be ordered from
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Just a few of the salient details are as
• The recording is presented as a 3-CD set.
• Represented on the recording -- which is based on the original 1960
orchestrations -- is more than an hour and a half of previously unreleased
• There is nearly a half hour of bonus material including alternative cues.
• Dimitri Tiomkin's wife, Olivia Tiomkin Douglas, attended the recording
sessions and also wrote the introduction to the full-color booklet that
accompanies the set.
Only a definitive Tiomkin-conducted performance of his entire score could
surpass a recording like this -- but this is something with which, alas, we
can never be graced. . . .
Most seek to have what they want. The more fortunate actually want what they
already have, and find satisfaction in it, and sometimes even fulfillment.
We should be thankful for this new recording.
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