Known as "the Fifth Beatle," Martin served as producer and arranger for many of the band's most famous hits. Now, with this new album, we have the pleasure of hearing his little-known film scores and orchestral music as well.
As the band's producer, George Martin is known lovingly around the world as “the fifth Beatle.” His orchestral arrangements and brilliant ideas shaped the sound of the band. But Martin was much more than just a record engineer and producer: he was also a composer.
The liner notes of the new album of Martin’s orchestral works outline his entire resume:
“As well as The Beatles he was responsible for the signing, production, and creating the orchestral arrangements for a whole collection of groups and solo artists who followed in their footsteps… It was the first time that the worlds of “pop” and “serious” music molded together in a genre-bending experience that blossomed into a new style of music that defied description.”
After his time with The Beatles ended, Martin continued to work with popular artists and on film scores, perhaps the most celebrated being his score for the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die.
The new album explores selections from a handful of films, radio dramas, and traditional classical compositions. Craig Leon conducts the Berlin Music Ensemble in homage to Martin, who passed away last year.
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1-5. The Pepperland Suite, from the film Yellow Submarine
6-9. Live and Let Die Suite
10-12. Three American Sketches, for violin and chamber orchestra
13. Judy's Theme
14-16. Under Milk Wood Overture
17. Belle Étoile
18. Waltz in D minor, for flute and chamber orchestra
19. Bach/arr. Martin: Prelude for Strings, from The Well-Tempered Clavier
20-29. The Mission Chorales