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CHAN 10499 - Johnston: Film Music from Brideshead Revisited
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Available From: 01 September 2008
Brideshead Revisited follows the memoirs of Charles Ryder and his involvement with the Flyte family who own the Brideshead Estate. It relives the hedonistic days of 1920s Oxford University and tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence with particular focus on Charles’s relationship with brother and sister, Sebastian and Julia and their mother, Lady Marchmain.

Chandos is delighted to have been given the opportunity to record Adrian Johnston’s soundtrack, the first original film score on Chandos Movies. Having won both BAFTA and Emmy Awards for his scores, Adrian Johnston has had an impressive career in television and film to date including Becoming Jane, Kinky Boots, The Mayor of Casterbridge and White Teeth.

Adrian Johnston writes of the Brideshead Revisited recording “I was thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Chandos – a label whose philosophy I have always liked, and whose CDs of Philip Lane’s fine film score reconstructions I have particularly admired. I know that to release a ‘non historical’ film score was somewhat of a departure for the label, but I hope that Brideshead Revisited can somehow exist as a Chandos product, and perhaps open up the way for future film music collaborations.”

The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Olivier Award winner Terry Davies who has a wide range of credits in film, theatre and TV including Shakespeare in Love, Becoming Jane, House of Mirth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Adrian Johnston: Brideshead Revisited – BBC Philharmonic, Terry Davies

This is the soundtrack, composed by Adrian Johnston and performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Terry Davies, for the spectacular new film version of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel Brideshead Revisited.

Adrian Johnston scored his first feature film – Jude – in 1996 and has subsequently composed music for more than twenty other features, most recently Becoming Jane, Kinky Boots, Isolation and Lassie. He has received BAFTA nominations for his music for the television productions The Lost Prince, Tipping the Velvet, Perfect Strangers and Our Mutual Friend. For his score for Shackleton he won an Emmy. His collaboration with Stephen Poliakoff has been especially fruitful, with superb scores for Shooting the Past, Friends and Crocodiles and many more.

Adrian Johnston has said of this project, ‘I was thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Chandos – a label whose philosophy I have always liked, and whose CDs of Philip Lane’s fine film score reconstructions I have particularly admired. Hearing the recording of Richard Rodney Bennett’s glorious music for Lady Caroline Lamb while I was driving forced me to steer off the road and sit mesmerised till it had finished. I know that to release a “non historical” film score was somewhat of a departure for the label, but I hope that Brideshead Revisited can somehow exist as a Chandos product, and perhaps open up the way for future film music collaborations’.

Johnston’s appealingly tuneful music beautifully reflects the drama of the story. The film, already released in America, will be opening in the UK on 3 October.

Reviews

"The orchestral playing under Terry Davies catches the air of languor in the music so well and there are well deserved credits for the contributions on violin, cello, guitar and piano. It’s a fine achievement and one that can hold its head alongside Geoff Burgon’s benchmark score for the Granada TV series from 1981."
 

Gramophone

"For his score of the new film adaptation, Adrian Johnston eschews the grand classicism of Burgon’s approach to create a more contemporary post-minimalist score that embraces the emotional and psychological complexities of Evelyn Waugh’s novel of class and desire. At once sophisticated and ironic, warm and lyrical, Johnston’s superb score, performed by the BBC Philharmonic and conducted by the award-winning Terry Davies, is all the more remarkable for its effortless and exquisite elegance."


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