The Iron Lady [Music from the Motion Picture]

The Iron Lady [Music from the Motion Picture]

by Thomas Newman

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The Iron Lady [Music from the Motion Picture]

Thomas Newman effectively conveys the combination of triumph and controversy in the career of long-reigning British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990) in his score for director Phyllida Lloyd's film biography The Iron Lady. Newman's music is usually characterized by low-key (and often minor-key) themes in which the nuances have complex and disquieting effects. (See, for instance, his theme for the TV series Six Feet Under or his score for The Road to Perdition.) His style is on display early with the cue "MT," and "Eyelash" features one of his patented slow piano melodies over suspended strings. But Newman also can write straightforward major-key pomp, as he does, for example, in "Discord and Harmony" before returning to delicacy with "The Twins." Late in the score, the disquieting elements become more prominent as Thatcher's government becomes more embattled, and Newman signals trouble with heavy drumming in such cues as "Crisis of Confidence" and "Community Charge." Periodically, the score gives way to a stage, opera, or classical selection ("Shall We Dance" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma, Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846), providing respite from the underlying complex moods of Newman's music and suggesting the controversial leader's accomplishments. The result is a detailed musical portrait of a powerful figure both admired and despised.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/2011
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886919143423
catalogNumber: 91434

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Newman   Primary Artist,Conductor
Marni Nixon   Vocals
Maria Callas   Soprano (Vocal)
Tullio Serafin   Conductor
London Voices   Choir, Chorus
Yul Brynner   Vocals
Deborah Kerr   Vocals
Thomas Bowes   Concert Master
Ben Perry   Choir Master
Scala Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Olli Mustonen   Piano
Terry Edwards   Choir Master
Military Band of Queen's Regiment   Band

Technical Credits

Vicenzo Bellini   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Thomas Newman   Composer,Producer
J.A.C. Redford   Orchestration
Simon Rhodes   Engineering
Bill Bernstein   Producer
Leslie Stuart   Composer
Isabelle Tulliez   Product Development
Jo Buckley   Assistant Contractor

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