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Ladies in Lavender [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Violinist Joshua Bell headlines Nigel Hess's score for Ladies in Lavender, the charming tale of two British spinsters Maggie Smith and Judi Dench who discover a young Polish man Daniel Bruhl washed up by the seacliffs of their Cornwall home in the 1930s. Turns out that the man, who speaks only broken English, is actually a gifted violinist, and he goes on to make his mark as a performer in London in the film's climactic moments. Enter Hess and Bell, who take that central story element and run with it, producing some memorably expressive and tuneful music. The title track, in particular, has a bittersweet lyricism worthy of Ennio Morricone, and Hess's stirring "Fantasy for...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Violinist Joshua Bell headlines Nigel Hess's score for Ladies in Lavender, the charming tale of two British spinsters Maggie Smith and Judi Dench who discover a young Polish man Daniel Bruhl washed up by the seacliffs of their Cornwall home in the 1930s. Turns out that the man, who speaks only broken English, is actually a gifted violinist, and he goes on to make his mark as a performer in London in the film's climactic moments. Enter Hess and Bell, who take that central story element and run with it, producing some memorably expressive and tuneful music. The title track, in particular, has a bittersweet lyricism worthy of Ennio Morricone, and Hess's stirring "Fantasy for Violin" evokes the Romantic virtuoso tradition at its most dramatic. Violin showpieces such as Sarasate's "Introduction and Tarantella" and Paganini's "The Carnival of Venice," as well as Massenet's Thaïs "Méditation" and Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair," add some genuine 19th-century flavor to the disc, all featuring Bell's stylish artistry, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Simon Mulligan. Still other tracks feature Hess himself chiming a delicate piano "Olga," "Two Sisters" or the RPO in endearing musical scene-paintings "Our Secret," "Potatoes". Prior to this effort, Hess has been active primarily as a composer for TV, but Bell is no stranger to film work, with both John Corigliano's soundtrack for The Red Violin and James Horner's for Iris to his credit. Hess has said that hearing Bell perform his music was, "like stepping into a really expensive Rolls Royce." Indeed, their collaboration here is a true class act.
Classic FM Magazine - Anna Britten
This is that rare thing: a dud-free score that requires no prior knowledge of the film for enjoyment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969268926
  • Catalog Number: 92689
  • Sales rank: 21,311

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist, Violin, Soloist
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Ensemble
Marcia Crayford Leader
Simon Mulligan Piano
Nigel Hess Piano, Conductor
Michael Stern Conductor
Technical Credits
Jules Massenet Composer
Craig Leon Arranger, Producer
Claude Debussy Composer
Grace Row Producer
Toby Wood Engineer, Engineering
Marcia Crayford Orchestra Leader
Charles Harbutt Engineer
Martin Giles Mastering
Traditional Composer
Simon Kiln Mastering
Nigel Hess Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Audio Production
Roger Watson Soundtrack Supervisor
Grace Kristopher Row Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a nice recording, very enjoyable music for background at a dinner party, or for listening as one reads.

    This CD is very enjoyable, but not as dynamic as some of the others he has done. It is a movie score, so that determined the selections. Of course Joshua Bell is the very best violinist and that makes up for a lot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Beautiful Music Ever

    Never have I been privileged to hear such moving music as from this cd. I first heard it on radio, driving along, and just HAD to know who this genius was. Found it online at our classical station's website, immediately purchased, and am a hooked fan for life.

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    Posted November 25, 2009

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