In September 2023 the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann released his album "Sound Of The Movies". The album includes a vocal version of Rachel Portman's main theme for "The Cider House Rules", which was especially re-arranged by Rachel for the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and put to lyrics by Gene Scheer.
The album includes “Nelle tue mani” from Gladiator, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Vangelis’ title song from Conquest of Paradise, among others. Great musical hits are also represented: “Maria” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, the title song from Singin’ in the Rain and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. And two evergreens by the American star tenor Mario Lanza: “The Loveliest Night of the Year” from The Great Caruso and “Serenade” from The Student Prince.
On the 15th of October 2023 a recording of the violin concerto "Tipping Points" will premiere on Youtube at 16:00 CET. The newly commissioned concerto, composed by Rachel Portman, was performed by solo violinist Niklas Liepe and the WDR Funkhausorchester and conducted by Erina Yashima at the Funkhaus Wallrafplatz on the 8th of September 2023.
November update: the entire concert of the WDR Funkhausorchester can be viewed here.
On saturday October 14th 2023 Rachel Portman is the special guest on the BBC 3 radio show 'Sound of Cinema', broadcast at 15:00 UTC.
In this edition of Sound of Cinema, Rachel Portman is the programme’s special guest alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ben Palmer, in a concert given at the orchestra’s Salford studio foregrounding some of Rachel’s best loved film scores. Tom McKinney is in conversation with the composer and together they look back on a rich and varied career which has provided such enduring music to popular movies such as Chocolat, Belle, The Duchess, Oliver Twist, Bel Ami, The Cider House Rules, and the Academy Award-winning Emma.