This re-recording of John Barry's score for the 1980 Jeannot Szwarc romantic fantasy film is a bit of a puzzle, albeit a delightful one. Recorded in 20-bit digital audio by John Debney and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, this is the best account ever given of that score -- ironically, MCA/Universal, which distributes Varese Sarabande, also has out the original soundtrack as a full-priced item in its catalog, though the latter has never been upgraded from its late-'80s remastering and offers less music than is present here. Every section of Barry's music -- not just the vastly lyrical romantic passages, which are the obvious focus for most listeners -- is given a beautifully expansive reading. The darker sections, such as "June 27th," "Room 417," and "The Attic," benefit from the playing of the full-size symphony orchestra, which offers more virtuosity than the MCA pick-up orchestra could ever bring to this music. Edwin Paling's solo violin and Lynda Cochrane's piano also bring an optimal realization to the key musical moments in the original portions of the score, which the Rachmaninoff variation used as a key plot element. One is able to perceive, in this score as realized on this CD (especially on the track "A Day Together"), the rich and expansive internal orchestral language that Barry would employ to brilliant effect in his scoring of Dances With Wolves a decade later.
Performance CreditsRoyal Scottish National Orchestra Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
John Debney Conductor
Lynda Cochrane Piano
Edwin Paling Violin
Technical CreditsSergey Rachmaninov Composer
Robert Townson Producer,Liner Notes
Rachmaninoff Quartet Composer
Matthew Joseph Peak Cover Painting
Jonathan Allen Engineer
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Somewhere in Time [Varese] based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
"Somewhere In Time," is a must have CD for your music library. The music is so soothing to one's mind; almost trance-like. If you like to sit or lie back & just "let go" it's for you. If you're a dreamer, it's for you. If you're feeling sensual, it's surely to highten your senses. Or take time in a day to relax with it's waves of peace. I just love it. Listen and drift off "Somewhere In Time," My love... And if you like a movie of "old fashioned" romance set in the 1920's, with chilling suspense, rent the movie at your local library.