Sylvia [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Sylvia [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Gabriel Yared

CD

Overview

Composer Gabriel Yared has consistently avoided the overwrought symphonic excess of his contemporaries. His dedication to simplicity has made him a darling among filmmakers who favor character development over bombast. His elegant score for director Christine Jeffs' Sylvia Plath biopic utilizes the lush strings and Victorian solemnity that fueled his work on the English Patient. The main theme employs a tight, "Eleanor Rigby"-esque cello arrangement that appears frequently throughout, and paints the film in rich, period splendor. The author/poet's eventual suicide is characterized by a sparse piano motif that constantly interrupts the orchestral work, mirroring its' subject's manic episodes. Although the piece as a whole seems caught between the big and small screens, like Mark Snow's incidental X-Files music with a bit of Merchant Ivory thrown in, Sylvia works its magic, partly due to its talented composer, but mostly as the result of its doomed protagonist.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206652628
catalogNumber: 066526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gabriel Yared   Primary Artist,Conductor,Keyboards
Nicholas Bucknail   Clarinet
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
David Theodore   Oboe
Rolf Wilson   Leader
Susan Bohling   Cor anglais
Sue Bohling   English Horn
Nicholas Bucknall   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Gabriel Yared   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
John Bell   Orchestration
Peter Cobbin   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Robert Townson   Executive Producer
Rolf Wilson   Orchestra Leader
Jean Pierre Arquié   Producer
Jean-Pierre Arquié   Producer
John Bell   Orchestration

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