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An Oscar for 12 London flutes

March 5, 2018 by norman lebrecht

10 comments.


The Academy Award for best original score went to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.

Desplat recorded the score with the London Symphony Orchestra and, its chairman tells us, no fewer than 12 flutes.

Anybody care to name these Oscar winners?

 

OK, here goes:

Gareth Davies, Sharon Williams, Alex Jakeman, Julian Sperry, Patricia Moynihan, Fiona Paterson, Sophie Johnson, Sarah Bennett, Luke O’Toole, Yvonne Robertson, Helen Keen, Ileana Ruhemann, Claire Wickes, Harry Winstanley and Camilla Marchant.

 


Comments (10)

  1. Ella says:

    Alex Jakeman recorded this too.

  2. Elizabeth Owen says:

    Hurrah for the LSO, the best band in the land.

      1. Robert Roy says:

        +1

  3. quasifaust says:

    I enjoyed that they played the scene from Call Me by Your Name that references Busoni, Liszt, and Bach. Not names I was expecting to hear at the Oscars.

    1. M2N2K says:

      The screenplay of this cinematic work by an Italian director was based on a book written by an Egyptian-born Sephardic Jew from a French-speaking family who as a teenager lived in Europe for several years, thus making the film an almost “foreign” motion picture in American terms. Therefore appearance of all those keyboardists/composers’ names in its dialog is somewhat less surprising than it would’ve been in an exclusively American-made movie.

      1. quasifaust says:

        Right, but that being said, I assure you this is the first time I’ve ever heard Busoni mentioned at the Oscars…

      2. Bruce says:

        “Therefore appearance of all those keyboardists/composers’ names in its dialog is somewhat vastly less surprising than it would’ve been in an exclusively American-made movie.”

        There. Fixed that for you 🙂

    2. David Hilton says:

      Wasn’t expecting to hear Renee Fleming mentioned at the Oscars either. Yet Best Original Score winner Alexandre Desplat made a point of thanking “Queen Renee Fleming” for her contribution to The Shape of Water soundtrack.


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