Anglo-Centric Scores From 'Wolf Hall' and 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mark Rylance in 'Wolf Hall' Mark Rylance in 'Wolf Hall' (BBC)

British musical traditions are evoked in two new scores by British composers. Scottish composer Craig Armstrong seems to have been inspired by the pastoral beauty of Ralph Vaughn Williams' popular piece The Lark Ascending for his luminous music for the new film version of Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd." And for the BBC series "Wolf Hall," set during the reign of King Henry VIII, English composer Debbie Wiseman has elegantly blended Tudor-era lutes, harpsichords and recorders with a modern scoring sensibility. 

David Garland presents highlights from these scores, as well as music by Georges Delerue from "A Man for All Seasons," and by Richard Rodney Bennett from an earlier adaptation of "Far from the Madding Crowd." Plus, a subtle Brahms Intermezzo played by pianist Seymour Bernstein from Ethan Hawke's recent documentary about him, "Seymour, an Introduction."

Comments [3]

PAUL COOPER from new jersey

it seems to bring in all types of thoughts and images and pictures

Apr. 25 2015 10:07 PM
M Lewis from Manhattan - west side

I have the soundtrack to Wolf Hall. It is only part of the music and the Tudor music will be released to CD/mp3 in June. The soundtrack I have is very simple and nice for walking or just as background music (as most soundtracks are).

Apr. 25 2015 02:53 PM

"British musical traditions are evoked in two new scores by British composers."

Shut. Up.

Really? British composers? For British projects? Wow, what's next?


Apr. 25 2015 02:40 AM

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