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Podcast: Edward Seckerson talks to John Wilson about Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies

By • West End
To mark the release of John Wilson Orchestra's new album Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies, Edward Seckson talks exclusively to conductor John Wilson.

Wilson is an authority on what the great Hollywood movie arrangers and orchestrators did for the movie versions of these classic scores.

The received wisdom is that Richard Rodgers - arguably the greatest popular melodist of them all - enjoyed a sharper, more sophisticated, relationship with his first collaborator Lorenz Hart, but in this exclusive audio podcast featuring clips from his latest EMI CD, Wilson is impatient to demonstrate in lively debate with Seckerson how Oscar Hammerstein II freed Rodgers and took him to the very top of his game.

There is mutual agreement between Wilson and Seckerson that Carousel - Rodgers and Hammerstein's second show - is the finest score ever written for the Broadway lyric stage and the new album celebrates that and the other “big five” shows in their stylish silver screen garb. Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato makes a guest appearance delivering the number that weekly rings from the terraces of Anfield, home of Liverpool FC. Everton supporters should avert their ears...

To listen to the interview, click the 'play' button below; or to subscribe and download from iTunes, click here.


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