GEORGE MARTIN: THE FILM SCORES AND ORIGINAL ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITIONS CONDUCTED BY CRAIG LEON LEADING THE BERLIN MUSIC ENSEMBLE TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 10 ON ATLAS REALISATIONS / [PIAS] CLASSICS WITH A LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE VINYL LP OUT IN JANUARY 2018
The album features Martin’s original music from the films Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die and the previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission together with the Overture to Under Milk Wood, the suite Three American Sketches for violin and chamber orchestra and other previously unreleased original compositions.
Newly recorded at the The Meistersaal, Berlin by Emil Berliner Recording, the project will be released on November 10 in CD and digital download formats. Furthermore, in January 2018 - to celebrate George Martin’s birthday (January 3) – the vinyl will be released as a deluxe 2LP set, pressed on heavy-weight vinyl, housed in a varnish-finish, gate-fold sleeve complete with download codes.
In 2015 Leon was asked by the Martin estate to join their team working on a book of George Martin’s manuscript scores, due to be published in 2018. This provided him with the opportunity to study first-hand the majority of the output of Martin’s orchestral career, both as an arranger and as a composer. Notes Leon: “I had had sight of some of the scores whilst George was still alive and it was an honor to be asked to work on this project. I was struck by the elegance and unity of style that carried over in all of George Martin’s musical efforts, regardless of whether it was a pop or jazz arrangement, a film score or a concert composition. Longtime George Martin manager, Adam Sharp and I agreed that it was a wonderful opportunity to provide an overview of this body of original work and to frame it in an album that would showcase the diverse talents of this major figure in recorded music. We also found several pieces tucked away in with the other scores that had not been previously commercially available. I wanted to record them to paint a fuller picture of Martin’s output. George Martin never became ‘the next Rachmaninov’ as he originally set out to do in his youth but he achieved something that, to me, was equally - if not more - important. He became an integral part of the process of breaking down the barriers between pop, film and classical music that thankfully exist less and less as part of our musical culture.”