Pride and Prejudice [Music from the Motion Pictures]

Pride and Prejudice [Music from the Motion Pictures]

by Jean-Yves ThibaudetJean-Yves Thibaudet
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One reason why it is better to be a music critic than a film critic is illustrated by this album. The poor film critic may be left to ponder why filmmakers have chosen to do so many screen adaptations of Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice for both theatrical release and television broadcast, especially in recent years, and to weigh the competing talents of, say, Laurence Olivier, Colin Firth, and, now, Matthew MacFadyen in portraying the character of Mr. Darcy. But the music critic isn't really called upon to compare Herbert Stothart's score for the 1940 film with Carl Davis' music for the 1995 TV mini-series, and, now, Dario Marianelli's. They are entirely different entities and can be treated separately. As stated in a producers' note, the intention of the creators of the 2005 theatrical film Pride & Prejudice was to have Marianelli compose music that conceivably could have been heard at the time the story is set, in the late 18th century. Thus, he has come up with a couple of dance cues ("Meryton Townhall," "Another Dance") that actually recall the dance music of the period, as well as a march ("The Militia Marches In") that a military band actually might have been expected to play at the time. But the main scoring, calling upon Beethoven's sonatas for its inspiration, finds Marianelli providing music for pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, sometimes accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra, that has a strong Romantic flavor to accompany the familiar romantic plot. No doubt Stothart and Davis (among others) also did their homework in preparing their scores, but they may not have been as concerned as Marianelli with essentially impersonating an 18th century composer.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947630913
catalogNumber: 000562002
Rank: 26672


  1. Dawn
  2. Stars and Butterflies
  3. The Living Sculptures of Pemberly
  4. Meryton Townhall
  5. The Militia Marches In
  6. Georgiana
  7. Arrival at Netherfield
  8. A Postcard to Henry Purcell
  9. Liz on Top of the World
  10. Leaving Netherfield
  11. Another Dance
  12. The Secret Life of Daydreams
  13. Darcy's Letter
  14. Can't Slow Down
  15. Your Hands Are Cold
  16. Mrs. Darcy
  17. Credits

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jean-Yves Thibaudet   Primary Artist,Piano
Caroline Dale   Cello
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
William Lyons   Conductor
Benjamin Wallfisch   Conductor
Aidan Broadbridge   Violin

Technical Credits

Gary Thomas   Engineer
Isobel Griffiths   Booking
Paul Webster   Liner Notes
William Lyons   Arranger
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Nick Angel   Executive Producer
Dario Marianelli   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Benjamin Wallfisch   Orchestration
Nick Woollage   Engineer
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Joe Wright   Liner Notes

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