I am a big fan of the Downton Abbey series, not only for the drama but also for the music. The composer uses a great variety of instruments that help the story progress such as in Series 2 in the trenches, he used a deep sounding instrument, a mixture of drums and I think violin, not too sure.
However, as I own the previous Downton soundtrack, there are not many tracks that are new other than a few from series 2. Most of them are from series 1 which I already have. Although this is the "collection" which I understand and it is a great CD to listen to, to get a feel of Downton.
The songs from Scala and Kolacny Brothers work a treat, I wasn't expecting trailer music on a soundtrack but if it was not for the TV series then I would have never heard of the choir/group before, and now I love them, I have bought many of their CD's since Downton started. The song from Rebecca Ferguson is truly moving, however I am not a big fan of that song yet but the lyrics are superb and fit well for the story between Mary and Matthew.
My only problem was the CD case. I got it out and it fell apart into 2 without much strain. It still opens and closes now of course as I managed to fix it.
Would have been 5 stars but as there were only a few tracks added from the previous CD and the case fell apart, it is going to be a 4.
If you love Downton Abbey, buy this.