Doctor Who: Season 4 [Original Television Soundtrack]

Doctor Who: Season 4 [Original Television Soundtrack]

by Murray Gold


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Doctor Who: Season 4 [Original Television Soundtrack]

The 13-episode length of a British television season and the genre here, science fiction, allow composer Murray Gold considerable latitude in creating his themes. Doctor Who, a series dating back to 1963, has been around almost as long as the James Bond movie franchise, and Gold sometimes includes Bond-like adventure music, notably in the cocktail jazz of "A Noble Girl About Town." But that's only at the start of nearly 77 minutes of excerpts, skillfully edited by Jake Jackson, who earns his co-production credit. Gold's music ranges from "Songs of Captivity and Freedom," a track that seems to have escaped from a Middle Ages cathedral, to (in the next selection) the fast-tempo drive of the aptly named "UNIT Rocks." When Jackson constructs a long cue, such as the ten-plus minutes of "Voyage of the Damned Suite," he encapsulates the diversity of Gold's music, going from the big martial theme that starts to a more ponderous passage, and then a waltz. The necessary bombast often gives way to delicacy, as in "All in the Mind," a gentle folk tune for acoustic guitar and pennywhistle. But Gold may be at his best when revving up to accompany action sequences, as he does frequently. Doctor Who seems poised to go on forever, and Gold seems prepared to keep providing its varied musical accompaniment.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
Label: Silva America
UPC: 0738572127527
catalogNumber: 1275
Rank: 112365

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Murray Gold   Primary Artist,Interviewee
David Temple   Conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Richard George   Leader
Ben Foster   Conductor
BBC National Orchestra of Wales   Performing Ensemble
Gabrielle Lester   Leader
Ben Foster   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ron Grainer   Composer
Gerry O'Riordan   Engineer
Jake Jackson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Murray Gold   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Damien Doherty   Artwork
Ben Foster   Audio Production
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer
Ben Foster   Producer
Michael Beek   Liner Notes,Interviewer

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