Gosford Park [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947038726
  • Catalog Number: 470387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz of My Heart @@Christopher Northam (2:06)
  2. 2 Mr. Parks (1:48)
  3. 3 Gosford Park (2:22)
  4. 4 Bored to Sobs (1:31)
  5. 5 The Shirt (1:40)
  6. 6 And Her Mother Came Too - Jeremy Northam (1:54)
  7. 7 Walking to Shoot (1:20)
  8. 8 No Smoke Without Fire (1:34)
  9. 9 Scherzo in G (1:30)
  10. 10 I Can Give You the Starlight - Jeremy Northam (2:35)
  11. 11 What a Duke Should Be - Jeremy Northam (1:56)
  12. 12 Inspector Thompson (3:08)
  13. 13 Pull Yourself Together (1:48)
  14. 14 Life Goes On (2:28)
  15. 15 Secrets to Hide (2:04)
  16. 16 Only for a While @@Abigail Doyle - Abigail Doyle (3:16)
  17. 17 Rather a Pasting (1:34)
  18. 18 Love Jam (3:07)
  19. 19 Why Isn't It You? - Jeremy Northam (2:14)
  20. 20 The Way It's Meant to Be @@Abigail Doyle - Abigail Doyle (2:10)
  21. 21 Carpe Diem (1:03)
  22. 22 Good Luck (1:30)
  23. 23 Your Boy's Alive (2:00)
  24. 24 The Land of Might-Have-Been - Jeremy Northam (4:18)
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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
Andrew Pask Bass
Eddie Hessian Accordion
Christopher Tombling Violin
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola
Nicholas Bucknall Woodwind
Technical Credits
Yolanda McCullough Mastering
Patrick Doyle Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Maggie Rodford Producer
Lawrence Ashmore Orchestration
Nick Wollage Engineer
James Shearman Orchestration
Grey Lyricist
Ion Metsovitis Mastering
Robert Altman Lyricist, Liner Notes
Anita Serwacki Music Executive
Nick Woollage Engineer
Christopher Hassall Lyricist
Thomas Moore Lyricist
Titheradge Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Might I ask where you get morphed celery lampshades?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A keeper

    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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Songs

    I love the Waltz of my heart and contrary to Mr. Armstrong's comment, it does have the Northam/Novello songs on the sountrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great soundtrack

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT'S BETWEEN THE WARS

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It lacks the magic of the movie

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where are the VOCALS!

    I am hugely disappointed that there are none of the magical vocal tracks by Jeremy Northam, reinterpreting the Novello performances.

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