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Long before Google meant anything else but a reference to sight, Dimitri Tiomkin was socialising with the likes of George Gershwin and Walt Disney - and in person.

Where am I going with this you ask? Well, Google+ Hangout is a nifty online tool where up to 9 persons can speak with one another via webcam, and on Tuesday 7th August at 11am (PDT), 2pm (EDT) and 7pm (BST) the London Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a special Hangout session with Richard Kaufman, Patrick Russ and moi moderating the chat. All in celebration of their new Tiomkin LSO Live CD, which we're promised will be the first of many film music offerings in the future.

  • What's your favourite Tiomkin score?
  • Which of his classic scores has been the most influential?
  • How long did Richard have to rehearse and prepare the LSO for playing this difficult music?

All of these questions will be answered, and plenty more besides.

It'll be great to have your company, so if you'd like to join us and talk all things Tiomkin then please click on the link below and leave a comment so we can add you to the discussion. This will be a unique opportunity to talk something other than the Olympics (!) and above all, fun!

In the meantime, here's an archive clip showcasing Dimi's radiant personality which shines through so much of his music:

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I'm looking forward to the CD when available. Great to have another Tiomkin CD.

This will be the first CD in a series on film music? Any more info? Great news!

No more info as yet regarding the other titles but when we know, you will :-o)

A reminder that the live video web chat takes place tonight on the London Symphony Orchestra's YouTube channel from 7pm (UK time).

More info with the links are here:

If you can't tune in live there will be a recording which i'll post tomorrow.

I'll be there, along with my best man from my wedding - he's more the Tiomkin-era expert - and we'll actually be in the same room, not just a virtual one!

Great stuff, chat later then.

In case you missed us yesterday, here's the recording and apologies for the odd technical hitch which were thrown in for good measure:

Hi Tim

I think it's safe to say a good time was had by all participating, hitches notwithstanding!

Hope you are now familiar with exec producer Glen Larson's 70s - 80s TV series BJ And The Bear... ;)


Ignore - due to a technical hitch...

Terrific chat. And I certainly join in saluting Olivia Tiomkin Douglas and Pat Russ for their spearheading of concerts, new recordings and, in our case, releases of original soundtracks.

And bravo Richard Kaufman for his outstanding performances.

Yes, this was a great chat, and thanks to Tim for pulling it all together.

Newman and Tiomkin are usually considered the most 'difficult' to reincarnate and it's very interesting to see how the players and conductors handled this, and magic to learn that the performers enjoyed the challenge.

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