Danny Elfman (born 1953) – with numerous film and TV credits, such as Batman and The Simpsons – here steps into the concert-hall. That said, Wunderkammer, written for the National Youth Orchestra of GB, is rather cinematic, sometimes suggestive of John Williams’s style(s). To quote Elfman: “Wunderkammer is a cabinet of curiosities or even a room of mystery and oddities. A wunderkammer can be fun, or scary, intriguing or instructive, but never normal or boring!”. The score is high-grade musical entertainment – lively, colourful, twisting and turning, with mid-point quiet reflection (darker thoughts), concerto-for-orchestra aspects, and the occasional choral contribution. The quixotic Percussion Concerto is similarly classy in a listener-friendly but not obvious way, with plenty of variety in terms of ideas and the use of solo instruments, collaborator Colin Currie having a ball with his many instruments, often with a light touch. However, the booklet is sloppy – no track numbers or timings, and not a word about, or even a mention on the cover for, Are You Lost? So, yes I am. It needs voices (Kantos Chamber Choir, not credited for the Wunderkammer vocals though) for a short, enigmatic and curious composition. JoAnn Falletta (she already has an Elfman issue on Naxos) gets a great response from the Liverpool Philharmonic and this composer-produced release is well recorded. Sony Classical 19658889842.