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Christopher Fowler
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On a rainy night in King's Cross, London about eight years ago I wandered past the Shaw Theatre, a backstreet venue mostly used for corporate presentations, and saw that Michel Legrand and his orchestra were appearing there. In his eighties then, he was onstage for at least three hours and worked his way through an entrancing back catalogue that included music for The Thomas Crown Affair, The…
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Christopher Fowler
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A few years ago I saw Ennio Morricone at the Royal Albert Hall, on stage for the best part of three hours, delivering one of the most superb concerts I'd ever attended. It was a bumper year - I saw John Barry's final performance there, and my small local theatre hosted Michel Legrand and his orchestra, an event which still amazes me for having even existed. Morricone is of course still writing…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Jacques Demy film was always a mood piece, with a dazzling centrepiece in 'I Will Wait For You', some astonishing set design and Catherine Deneuve's radiant innocence. Its strength derived from the combination of a prosaic, bitter-sweet story of compromised romance with the lurid conventions of film musicals, so the soaring jazzy score is deliberately banal in terms of lyrics and plot. One…
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