Gosford Park [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Gosford Park [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Patrick Doyle
     
 

The score to Robert Altman's all-star mystery opens with the irresistibly romantic "Waltz of My Heart" by famed British composer Ivor Novello, and instantly transports the listener to the film's elegant yet class-divided setting in World War I England. Score composer Patrick Doyle (Sense and…  See more details below

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The score to Robert Altman's all-star mystery opens with the irresistibly romantic "Waltz of My Heart" by famed British composer Ivor Novello, and instantly transports the listener to the film's elegant yet class-divided setting in World War I England. Score composer Patrick Doyle (Sense and Sensibility, Dead Again) channels the spirit of a bygone era with his title theme, a soft melody for solo piano, and the slow waltz "Bored to Sobs," which is punctuated by the alternating sounds of an accordion and a clarinet. Musically reflecting the film's shifting focus from characters who reside "upstairs" to those who are "downstairs," it's a recurring musical and thematic statement that's elegantly captivating. By contrast, "Walking to Shoot" adds a hot jazz flavor with a sultry clarinet poised against an accordion and guitar in the vein of the great Django Reinhardt. Several of Novello's songs (the composer is a character in the film), including "I Can Give You the Starlight," are charmingly delivered by actor Jeremy Northam (The Winslow Boy) . Meanwhile, Patrick Doyle and Altman collaborated on two evocative tunes, "Only for a While" and "The Way It's Meant to Be," sung by Abigail Doyle. Each song, enjoyable on its own, also subtly links to the story. The combination of Novello's songs and Doyle's sensitive responses to them are deftly integrated into what is a distinctively swanky music-and-film event.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Screen composer Patrick Doyle has a resumé full of adaptations of classic British literature (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, Great Expectations), which made him a good choice for Gosford Park, director Robert Altman's murder mystery set at an English estate in 1932. Typical for Altman, who has used music, especially songs, prominently in many of his films (think of M.A.S.H.'s "Suicide Is Painless" and the song score to Nashville), Gosford Park already has a built-in musical element: One of the characters is the real historical figure Ivor Novello (1893-1951; played and sung by Jeremy Northam), a songwriter second only to Noël Coward among the major British theater composers of the first half of the 20th century (though much less well-known in the U.S.). Six of Novello's sophisticated, witty songs form the core of the film's music, and Doyle has constructed a score to complement them and, of course, to suit the ins and outs of the Upstairs/Downstairs crossed with Agatha Christie plot. The soundtrack album contains 16 of his cues, most of them short pieces that state a mood using only a piano or a few pieces and then end without developing further. They are in a variety of styles, from jazz to classical, but maintain a discreet background tone. There are also a couple more songs in the Novello style co-written by Altman and sung by Abigail Doyle. It makes for a pleasant listen in which the Novello songs, particularly the comic "And Her Mother Came Too" (a favorite of cabaret singer Bobby Short), stand out.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947038726
catalogNumber:
470387

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Tracks

  1. Waltz of My Heart @@Christopher Northam
  2. Mr. Parks
  3. Gosford Park
  4. Bored to Sobs
  5. The Shirt
  6. And Her Mother Came Too  - Jeremy Northam
  7. Walking to Shoot
  8. No Smoke Without Fire
  9. Scherzo in G
  10. I Can Give You the Starlight  - Jeremy Northam
  11. What a Duke Should Be  - Jeremy Northam
  12. Inspector Thompson
  13. Pull Yourself Together
  14. Life Goes On
  15. Secrets to Hide
  16. Only for a While @@Abigail Doyle  - Abigail Doyle
  17. Rather a Pasting
  18. Love Jam
  19. Why Isn't It You?  - Jeremy Northam
  20. The Way It's Meant to Be @@Abigail Doyle  - Abigail Doyle
  21. Carpe Diem
  22. Good Luck
  23. Your Boy's Alive
  24. The Land of Might-Have-Been  - Jeremy Northam

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patrick Doyle   Primary Artist
Nicholas Bucknail   Woodwind
Brian Gascoigne   Piano
Andy Pask   Bass
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Jamie Talbot   Woodwind
Hugh Webb   Harp
James Potter   Cello
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
John Parricelli   Guitar
Perry Mason   Violin
James Shearman   Conductor
Richard Bolton   Guitar
Jeremy Northam   Vocals
Eddie Hession   Accordion
Abigail Doyle   Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Eddie Hessian   Accordion
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Ivo Jan van der Werff   Viola
Nicholas Bucknall   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Patrick Doyle   Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Maggie Rodford   Producer
Lawrence Ashmore   Orchestration
Nick Wollage   Engineer
James Shearman   Orchestration
Grey   Lyricist
Robert Altman   Lyricist,Liner Notes
Anita Serwacki   Music Executive
Nick Woollage   Engineer
Christopher Hassall   Lyricist
Thomas Moore   Lyricist
Titheradge   Lyricist

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Gosford Park [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am hugely disappointed that there are none of the magical vocal tracks by Jeremy Northam, reinterpreting the Novello performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie and am thankful to have been able to listen to the sountrack before making a purchase...it's not worth it! I was inspired by the beautiful vocals of the 30's and am a fan of old jazz, but none of this comes out in the soundtrack. Stick with the DVD--not the CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if the other reviewer had simply read the barnes & noble review, listened to the sound clips, or (god forbid) had actually listened to the soundtrack, then he/she would have realized that jeremy northam's performances ARE on the soundtrack. great disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Waltz of my heart and contrary to Mr. Armstrong's comment, it does have the Northam/Novello songs on the sountrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Barnes & Noble reviewer should also have paid more attention to the movie; it's set in 1932, between the First and Second World Wars. It is not a WWI period piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A collection of lovely, beautifully composed music of a variety of styles that summon up s images ranging from a ballroom of waltzers to a casual stroll down a narrow Parisian street. Among my favourite instrumental numbers were "Waltz Of The Heart" and "Walking To Shoot." Several of the songs with vocals are nicely executed by the film's Ivor Novello, Jeremy Northam. His light touch comes through particularly well during some of the wittier, more humourous selections, including "And Her Mother Came Too" and "What A Duke Should Be."
Guest More than 1 year ago
And honestly, listen to something before you critique it. I think it is perfect, something that you can listen to on a dreary afternoon and wish you had something to do. Dear me, pay me no mind. I just blather like this.