Torchwood [Original Television Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Murray Gold, who scored the television series Dr. Who, is joined in writing the music for Dr. Who's "sister show" (as executive producer Julie Gardner puts it in her liner notes) Torchwood by Ben Foster, who orchestrated and conducted Gold's music for the second, third, and fourth seasons of Dr. Who. The need for two composers is explained by the sheer amount of music required, as much as 38 minutes per episode, says Gardner. No wonder that the excerpts here nearly fill the capacity of the CD at 78 minutes. That required quantity (combined, no doubt, with severe time constraints) does not necessarily lead to a drop-off in quality, but it may favor proficiency ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Murray Gold, who scored the television series Dr. Who, is joined in writing the music for Dr. Who's "sister show" (as executive producer Julie Gardner puts it in her liner notes) Torchwood by Ben Foster, who orchestrated and conducted Gold's music for the second, third, and fourth seasons of Dr. Who. The need for two composers is explained by the sheer amount of music required, as much as 38 minutes per episode, says Gardner. No wonder that the excerpts here nearly fill the capacity of the CD at 78 minutes. That required quantity (combined, no doubt, with severe time constraints) does not necessarily lead to a drop-off in quality, but it may favor proficiency over inspiration. Gold and Foster's music is not particularly inventive, opting for a fairly typical combination of orchestral themes (especially on the downtempo cues) and percussion-heavy electric/electronic arrangements (especially on the uptempo cues), all of which is standard in the movie/TV action genre according to Hans Zimmer. Occasionally, acoustic and electric elements are combined, usually with the strings beginning things before the synthesized drums arrive, notably in "Toshiko Sato -- Betrayal & Redemption" and "The End Is Where We Start From." But generally, either the orchestra is accompanying a poignant or romantic interlude with lushly played melody, or heart-stopping action is being supported by driving rock-oriented rhythms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572126728
  • Catalog Number: 1267

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Foster Primary Artist
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Steve McManus Bass
Peter Lale Viola
Richard George Leader
Lesley Hatfield Leader
Vicci Wardman Viola
London Orchestra Performing Ensemble
BBC National Orchestra of Wales Performing Ensemble
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Philip Howard Piano
Gabrielle Lester Leader
Ben Foster Conductor
Technical Credits
Nick Foster Engineering
Julie Gardner Liner Notes
Steve Brown Back Cover
Jake Jackson Engineering
Murray Gold Producer
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
Ben Foster Composer
Todd Anthony Back Cover, Cover Photo, Inlay Design
Ben Foster Producer, Orchestration
Dominic Walker Producer
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