Addinsell / Eileen Joyce / Muir Mathieson, 1942: Warsaw Concerto - London Symphony Orchestra




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Published on Dec 27, 2011

From the LP shown above, issued on the Columbia label in 1950. The pianist is Eileen Joyce (although she is not identified on the disc). Muir Mathieson leads the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at the Cambridge Theater, London.

Suicide Squadron was a 1941 film about a Polish pilot who struggles to regain his memory so he can return to the fight against the Nazis. In 1940, renowned Polish pianist Stefan Radetsky tinkers at a piano in a London hospital, his memory gone. As the doctors discuss how to cure Stefan, he begins to play his famous composition "The Warsaw Concerto." The piece jogs Stefan's memory, and he remembers a period, two years earlier, in war-torn Warsaw, when he was composing the then-unfinished concerto: Drawn by the sound of music, American war correspondent Carole Peters picks her way across the rubble-strewn streets to Stefan's apartment. When Carole chides him for playing the piano instead of defending his country, Stefan replies that he is a fighter pilot, but his squadron has been decimated and the Polish planes lack fuel to fly.

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    • Louis Kentner
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    • ORIGINAL FILM MUSIC THEMES: Things to Come (1936-1947)
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