Cambria Master Recordings (2009)
This CD was recently evaluated by me and I believe it is one of the best soloist performances of film music in recent years. Louise DiTullio's flute playing is flawless and the choice of film music is outstanding, especially the suite from HOOK, arranged by Mark Watters. Also, the selections arranged by Ronald Royer make for very enjoyable listening. Because of its excellence I am designating this CD as Editor's Choice, Best of the Month. It fully deserves any accolades it might receive. - Roger Hall, Film Music Review, November 2010
1-3. Suite from Hook—John Williams, arr. for Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Mark Watters
4-5. Suite from Dances with Wolves—John Barry, arr. for Flute & String Orchestra by Ronald Royer
6-7. Themes from Charlotte’s Web—Danny Elfman, arr. for Flute & Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
8. Theme from Sleeping with the Enemy—Jerry Goldsmith, arr. for Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
9. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn—Laurence Rosenthal, for unaccompanied Flute
10-13. Short Stories—Ronald Royer, for Flutes, Harp, Percussion & String Orchestra
14-16. Le Papillon (The Butterfly) – David Rose, arr. For Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
17. Theme from Rudy—Jerry Goldsmith, arr. for Flute & Chamber Orchestra by Ronald Royer
Introduction by Louise DiTullio
This recording fulfills my own personal goals to revisit and record some of the solos I have played in films over my long career as well as concert music written for me by celebrated film composers. I have had long-standing professional relationships with all of the composers on this disc over several decades, having played on more than 1,200 movies, many of them scored by these composers. Le Papillon was written for me by David Rose in 1980 and I played its premiere in the same year. It has been my wish ever since to help secure a place for it in the flute repertoire with a recording.
Born in Los Angeles, the progeny of two wonderful, highly respected musical families, I grew up as a musician with the support, encouragement and advice of my father, several uncles and cousins, all busy, working professionals. My father, cellist, Joseph DiTullio, my sister, pianist Virginia DiTullio Royer, and I performed for many years as the DiTullio Trio. Living in Los Angeles, I have had the opportunity to pursue simultaneous careers in recording as well as all facets of classical music.
Words can never express my gratitude to John Williams, John Barry, Danny Elfman, Laurence Rosenthal, and posthumously, Jerry Goldsmith and David Rose, for the honor of playing in their orchestras for literally decades. Their music has filled me with joy and provides an outlet for music-making of an entirely different kind. Although I love playing classical music, playing movie music of the quality that they produce completes a musical circle for me that I value beyond measure. I thank them for allowing me to adapt and include their music in this presentation. Thank you to David Rose Publishing for commissioning the reduced orchestration of Le Papillon to make this recording possible, and for permission to make this first recording of the work. Thanks also to Larry Rosenthal for his permission to make the first recording of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Special thanks to composer Mark Watters for his remarkable adaptation and orchestration of the music to Hook. And finally, special recognition and thanks to my nephew, Ronald Royer, for composing Short Stories for this CD, arranging the movie music and Le Papillon, conducting the recording sessions, and taking care of a myriad of details as the project’s co-producer. It is largely due to his efforts that this CD was conceived and became a reality.
Finally, now that it is complete, there is the realization and satisfaction that there is more than an hours’ worth of new repertoire for the flute. It is at once beautiful, challenging, fun, and musically rewarding. I take great satisfaction in sharing this music as a legacy to future flutists. May they enjoy playing it as much as I.
–Louise Di Tullio, August, 2009
According to Louise DiTullio, the flute and piccolo parts for John Williams’ score for Hook is possibly the most challenging music she has ever encountered in her studio career, with its technical difficulties and breakneck speed. Keep in mind that the musicians at a film scoring session are reading brand-new music at sight. The music is rehearsed and recorded at a maximum rate of five minutes of music per hour. Louise said, “John Williams always pushes the limits of his orchestra with every new score, keeping his players on edge while creating a great sense of excitement.” She would know since she has played flute on most of his Los Angeles scoring sessions for the past forty years, including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Home Alone I and II, Catch Me If You Can, and some of the Indiana Jones movies. Mark Watters’ arrangement of Hook captures the magic and beauty of this score, which has the pure innocence of childhood in this universally loved story of Peter Pan. Although this score fits the screen images like a glove, the strength of the music effectively stands alone in concert. Louise’s personal favorite is the flute solo “You Are the Pan” with all of its expressive pathos.
As a teenager, Louise first met Jerry Goldsmith when he attended a concert where she played Ernst Bloch’s Suite Modale for flute and strings. One of the earlier scores she played for him was for a film The Resurrection of Peter Proud. Sleeping with the Enemy became memorable to her because she had to stand up in the recording sessions to play her solos in order to separate her flute sound from the rest of the orchestra. Near the end of Goldsmith’s life Louise spoke with him about the music to Rudy. He said it was one of his favorite scores and told her about a new DVD special release of Rudy and how much he loved that inspirational film. The Rudy arrangement heard here starts with an excerpt from the cue “Tryouts” followed by the main title music. Both Sleeping with the Enemy and Rudy showcase Jerry’s great melodic gifts and love of the flute. Louise played on most of Jerry’s Los Angeles scoring sessions including L.A. Confidential, Basic Instinct, Air Force One, Patton (including the famous piccolo solo), Congo and several Star Trek movies, to mention a few of them. According to Louise, “Jerry always demanded excellence from his musicians. He was not only an artist but a consummate professional as well.”
Some of the movies Louise Di Tullio played for Danny Elfman include the scores for Beetlejuice, Meet the Robinsons, Spiderman, Edward Scissorhands, and Nightmare before Christmas. Her stock went up at home when she started to play Elfman sessions because her children were big fans of Elfman’s band, Oingo Boingo. His score for Charlotte’s Web, based on the famous children’s book by E.B. White, is a favorite of Louise’s. This arrangement starts with part of the main title followed by the complete “Introducing Charlotte” cue in which Wilber the Pig first meets Charlotte the Spider.