Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973)

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

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20060130

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

1/5.

Beginning with some of Frankel's music from the 1940s and 50s, when he started to establish his reputation.

I'm Not in Love

Christine Norden (singer)

Unknown Orchestra

Benjamin Frankel (conductor)

Youth Music - 1st mvt: On the March

Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle

Alun Francis (conductor)

Sonata No 1 for solo violin

Max Rostal (violin)

May Day

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

The Prisoner - Prelude

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

String Quartet No 4

Nomos Quartet.

20060130

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

1/5.

Beginning with some of Frankel's music from the 1940s and 50s, when he started to establish his reputation.

I'm Not in Love

Christine Norden (singer)

Unknown Orchestra

Benjamin Frankel (conductor)

Youth Music - 1st mvt: On the March

Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle

Alun Francis (conductor)

Sonata No 1 for solo violin

Max Rostal (violin)

May Day

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

The Prisoner - Prelude

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

String Quartet No 4

Nomos Quartet.

*20060201

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

3/5.

In 1957, Benjamin Frankel moved to Switzerland in order to concentrate on his concert music, particularly the symphony.

But he didn't manage to escape the demands of the film industry completely.

Donald Macleod introduces music from one of his most successful film scores, plus Frankel's response to Beethoven's triple concerto and a performance of his fifth symphony.

Bagatelles for 11 Instruments

Paul Dean (clarinet)

Queensland Symphony Chamber Players

Battle of the Bulge (extracts)

Serenata Concertante

Symphony No 5

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor).

*20060201

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

3/5.

In 1957, Benjamin Frankel moved to Switzerland in order to concentrate on his concert music, particularly the symphony.

But he didn't manage to escape the demands of the film industry completely.

Donald Macleod introduces music from one of his most successful film scores, plus Frankel's response to Beethoven's triple concerto and a performance of his fifth symphony.

Bagatelles for 11 Instruments

Paul Dean (clarinet)

Queensland Symphony Chamber Players

Battle of the Bulge (extracts)

Serenata Concertante

Symphony No 5

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor).

Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973) *2006020120060208

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

3/5.

In 1957, Benjamin Frankel moved to Switzerland in order to concentrate on his concert music, particularly the symphony.

But he didn't manage to escape the demands of the film industry completely.

Donald Macleod introduces music from one of his most successful film scores, plus Frankel's response to Beethoven's triple concerto and a performance of his fifth symphony.

Bagatelles for 11 Instruments

Paul Dean (clarinet)

Queensland Symphony Chamber Players

Battle of the Bulge (extracts)

Serenata Concertante

Symphony No 5

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973) *2006020120060208

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

3/5.

In 1957, Benjamin Frankel moved to Switzerland in order to concentrate on his concert music, particularly the symphony.

But he didn't manage to escape the demands of the film industry completely.

Donald Macleod introduces music from one of his most successful film scores, plus Frankel's response to Beethoven's triple concerto and a performance of his fifth symphony.

Bagatelles for 11 Instruments

Paul Dean (clarinet)

Queensland Symphony Chamber Players

Battle of the Bulge (extracts)

Serenata Concertante

Symphony No 5

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973) * *2006013120060207

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

2/5.

Frankel wasn't a religious man, but his Jewish roots were of fundamental importance to him.

Donald Macleod introduces a concerto dedicated to the Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust, plus a chamber work written for husband-and-wife clarinetists Frederick Thurston and Thea King.

Curse of the Werewolf - Prelude and Final Transformation

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

Clarinet Quintet

Thea King (clarinet)

Britten String Quartet

Violin Concerto - In Memory of the Six Million

Ulf Hoelscher (violin)

Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973) * *2006013120060207

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

2/5.

Frankel wasn't a religious man, but his Jewish roots were of fundamental importance to him.

Donald Macleod introduces a concerto dedicated to the Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust, plus a chamber work written for husband-and-wife clarinetists Frederick Thurston and Thea King.

Curse of the Werewolf - Prelude and Final Transformation

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

Clarinet Quintet

Thea King (clarinet)

Britten String Quartet

Violin Concerto - In Memory of the Six Million

Ulf Hoelscher (violin)

01*20060130

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.Beginning with some of Frankel's music from the 1940s and 50s, when he started to establish his reputation.

I'm Not in Love

Christine Norden (singer)

Unknown Orchestra

Benjamin Frankel (conductor)

Youth Music - 1st mvt: On the March

Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle

Alun Francis (conductor)

Sonata No 1 for solo violin

Max Rostal (violin)

May Day

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

The Prisoner - Prelude

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

String Quartet No 4

Nomos Quartet.

01*20060130

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.Beginning with some of Frankel's music from the 1940s and 50s, when he started to establish his reputation.

I'm Not in Love

Christine Norden (singer)

Unknown Orchestra

Benjamin Frankel (conductor)

Youth Music - 1st mvt: On the March

Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle

Alun Francis (conductor)

Sonata No 1 for solo violin

Max Rostal (violin)

May Day

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

The Prisoner - Prelude

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

String Quartet No 4

Nomos Quartet.

0220060131

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

2/5.

Frankel wasn't a religious man, but his Jewish roots were of fundamental importance to him.

Donald Macleod introduces a concerto dedicated to the Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust, plus a chamber work written for husband-and-wife clarinetists Frederick Thurston and Thea King.

Curse of the Werewolf - Prelude and Final Transformation

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

Clarinet Quintet

Thea King (clarinet)

Britten String Quartet

Violin Concerto - In Memory of the Six Million

Ulf Hoelscher (violin).

0220060131

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

2/5.

Frankel wasn't a religious man, but his Jewish roots were of fundamental importance to him.

Donald Macleod introduces a concerto dedicated to the Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust, plus a chamber work written for husband-and-wife clarinetists Frederick Thurston and Thea King.

Curse of the Werewolf - Prelude and Final Transformation

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis (conductor)

Clarinet Quintet

Thea King (clarinet)

Britten String Quartet

Violin Concerto - In Memory of the Six Million

Ulf Hoelscher (violin).

04*20060202

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

4/5.

The BBC and the Cheltenham Festival both played a significant role in promoting Frankel's music.

Donald Macleod introduces Frankel's fifth and last string quartet which was commissioned by the BBC and premiered in the Festival's 20th anniversary year, plus a performance of his lyrical viola concerto.

Night of the Iguana - Prelude

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

String Quartet No 5

Nomos Quartet

Viola Concerto

Brett Dean (viola)

04*20060202

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

4/5.

The BBC and the Cheltenham Festival both played a significant role in promoting Frankel's music.

Donald Macleod introduces Frankel's fifth and last string quartet which was commissioned by the BBC and premiered in the Festival's 20th anniversary year, plus a performance of his lyrical viola concerto.

Night of the Iguana - Prelude

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)

String Quartet No 5

Nomos Quartet

Viola Concerto

Brett Dean (viola)

05 LAST*20060203

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

5/5.

Although the last 15 years of his life were plagued by ill health, Frankel continued to work right up to the day of his death.

Donald Macleod introduces works from those final years, including his eighth symphony, and an extract from the BBC studio recording of his only opera.

I Had a Dove

Simon Woolf (treble)

Steuart Bedford (piano)

Marching Song - end of Act II

Rupert....David Wilson-Johnson

Cadmus....John Winfield

Catherine....Anne Pashley

Dido....Dinah Harris

Harry....Stewart Harling

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Sir Charles Groves (conductor)

Overture to a Ceremony

Symphony No 8

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor).

05 LAST*20060203

One of the unsung heroes of the British film industry, Frankel wrote over 100 film scores in his lifetime and a considerable amount of concert music, much of which is rarely heard today.

On the 100th anniversary of Frankel's birth, Donald Macleod attempts to set the record straight.

5/5.

Although the last 15 years of his life were plagued by ill health, Frankel continued to work right up to the day of his death.

Donald Macleod introduces works from those final years, including his eighth symphony, and an extract from the BBC studio recording of his only opera.

I Had a Dove

Simon Woolf (treble)

Steuart Bedford (piano)

Marching Song - end of Act II

Rupert....David Wilson-Johnson

Cadmus....John Winfield

Catherine....Anne Pashley

Dido....Dinah Harris

Harry....Stewart Harling

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Sir Charles Groves (conductor)

Overture to a Ceremony

Symphony No 8

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Werner Andreas Albert (conductor).