THE BEATLES FOR ORCHESTRA
Release Date: 28 June 2011
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by CARL DAVIS
THE BEATLES FOR ORCHESTRA – A new recording of classic Beatles tracks, conducted by Carl Davis and played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
“A chance remark sparked off this CD. My old friend, Sandra Parr, Concerts Manager and backbone of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra said in passing, ‘You know we are always being asked to play Beatles, but we don’t have anything’. I replied, ‘I’ll give you something to play’. Indeed, the original recordings are still with us and I feel for a long time yet. But a new, sensitive arrangement would demonstrate the range of their talent from the early rock and roll influences to the quirky, with my own special preference for Paul McCartney’s soulful ballads. Their work was pure genius”.
Carl Davis June 2011
THE BEATLES FOR ORCHESTRA
Release date: 28 June, 2011
It has long been an ambition of Carl Davis’ to arrange and record a Beatles album. An honorary Liverpudlian, Davis has been associated with the city for many years, and was a founder and artistic director of the Liverpool Summer Pops, famously held in a Big Top on the King’s Docks. In 1991 he collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, which was premiered at Liverpool Cathedral. His wife, actress Jean Boht played the ultimate Scouse matriarch ‘Ma Boswell’ in Carla Lane’s TV series “Bread”.
The Rhythm section was put down at Abbey Road using some of the finest session musicians in their field. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was then recorded in Liverpool using the Abbey Road mobile unit and engineers and finally the album was mixed at the Penthouse Suite back at Abbey Road, giving this unique recording of The Beatles for Orchestra.
Carl Davis, CBE (Hon) was born in New York in 1936 and came to the UK in 1960. His career has spanned many genres, but he is perhaps best known for his music for both television, which includes The Snow Goose, ITV’s The World At War and Good Night Mr Tom, the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice and Cranford, and film, including the classic The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Says Davis, “My start with The Beatles was not auspicious – in 1963, after their two first hits, the doyenne of London agents, Peggy Ramsey, rang to ask my advice. She had been asked to handle a biography of something called The Beatles and what did I think? Without pause I replied ‘Don’t touch it, they’re only a pop group’. Well…….!
My conversion took place a year later. In my dank, Bayswater flat on a Saturday morning, having a bath with a transistor radio on, there came a blast of freshness and energy: it was ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. I splashed around merrily to the song – it just made me happy. From then on I followed the group’s progress, along with the rest of the world: every L.P., every single was of great interest, their evolution was amazing. I think they revolutionised the studio world once they were confident in their success.
And of course, they had ideal help in their producer, George Martin, who was prepared to be innovative with them. The songs were compared to Schubert and Leonard Bernstein admired Paul McCartney’s intonation.
When it was all over in 1970, there was the sense of a sad ending for a miraculous collaboration: why did it have to stop? Of course, they still kept working but separately and with different results. But the world kept playing and singing Beatles hits and so did I” Carl Davis, June 2011
FULL TRACK LISTINGS:
THE BEATLES FOR ORCHESTRA: Catalogue No. CDC012