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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, September 2015

Paul Phillips conducts the Irish Radio Orchestra very well. The sound is excellent. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, September 2015

…the real treat is the Concerto for Ophicleide (if you can get past the pun of the title, that is: Brass from the Past). Australian ophicleide virtuoso Nick Byrne is not only the soloist, but also the inspiration for the present piece.

…this disc is guaranteed to bring oodles of joy. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, September 2015

Conductor Paul Phillips and the Irish orchestra are idiomatic and more than up to the demands placed on them.

Recommended primarily to nostalgiaphiles, this second volume of Music for Great Films of the Silent Era makes a good case for Perry’s valuable work in the silent film genre. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Film Score Monthly, June 2015

…Naxos’ latest Perry album leans more towards concert music than their prior release, but fans should still find more than enough to enjoy here. It’s all deliciously orchestrated with a warmer, fuller sound than one might think of in regards to a “theater orchestra” style. © 2015 Film Score Monthly Read complete review



Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, May 2015

A worthy follow-up to the original collection of William Perry’s music for silent films. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Now aged 85, and still active as a composer, the American born, William Perry, has written more than a hundred major film scores, many to be played with silent films. He had been a pupil of Hindemith, Piston and Thompson, though he was inclined towards light classics including five stage musicals. …the disc opening with eight songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra that recall the films in which famous heroines appeared. Given a ‘lazy’ voiced show singer, of the type that became fashionable on stage in the 1930’s, it would be an irresistible half hour of engaging memorabilia. Perry has also enjoyed a parallel career that has seen his works performed by the most famous American symphony orchestras, Summer Nocturne for flute and orchestra coming from that part of his musical portfolio. A disc that he heard played on the long forgotten brass instrument, the Ophicleide, was the inspiration behind Brass from the Past, a four-movement concerto for the instrument. Lightweight by nature, it is a pure delight, as Perry pictures it in a Blues, Military, Pastoral and Latin American mood. Closing the disc, Hearts of the World was composed for the centenary of the First World War and is a series of cameos he relates the passing of the war years. An international cast list is assembled featuring a young opera singer, Wallis Giunta; the principal flute of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Hutchins, and the leading trombone of the Sydney Symphony, Nick Byrne, who has mastered the sonorous sounds of the Ophicleide. Excellent playing from The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland—no strangers to film music—and the sound is very good. Easy listening and highly enjoyable. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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