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Lion in Winter Soundtrack, Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00022FX1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,157,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Family At War
  2. Salisbury
  3. Main Title
  4. Legend Of King Lear
  5. The Chancellor
  6. Memory Fails
  7. Elinor Of Aquitaine
  8. King Philip
  9. I'm Sick Of War
  10. The Banquet
  11. Loveliest Lady
  12. Santa Nicolaus
  13. You Love Nothing
  14. I'm Not A Fool
  15. Pastorela
  16. How Clear We Make It
  17. Amors De Terra
  18. The Crusades
  19. Get Me A Priest
  20. He Never Meant To...
  21. I'm An Old Man
  22. Philip And Henry
  23. Until We Bury You
  24. Deny Us What You Will
  25. Revenge
  26. What About The Baby
  27. All That I Ever Loved
  28. The Brothers
  29. End Title

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although this theme music is not as stricking as John Barry's, it is a very beautiful piece of music. When watching the film the repeating melody stay with me long after the film hand finished. I had to have the cd as I most oftern enjoy the music from a film more than the storyline. The film Lion in Winter is an absolutly brillant piece of script wrting. Based on eight years of history condensed down into one christmas. To anyone who enjoyed the film the stage product goes one step beyond. Many years ago before the film started and the curtains drew back the theme was played to changing colours. I would like that to have been on this dvd film as Richard Hartley Lion in Winter diserves a concert of it's own.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b9da060) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x8c598234) out of 5 stars Review of the 1988 Varese Sarabande CD Release 31 Dec. 2012
By Dolwyddelan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a review of the Varese Sarabande CD release of this score, issued in 1988 -- not the Columbia Legacy CD which appeared in 1995.

The Lion In Winter depicts the vitriolic in-fighting and power plays of Henry II and his immediate family as they gather for Christmas in 1183. Dramatically, John Barry's score -- arguably his best -- served the production extremely well, traversing the difficult terrain of a film heavy on dialogue. But the score also stands alone as a greatly rewarding listening experience. Though less well-known that his scores for Out Of Africa or Dances With Wolves, The Lion In Winter's music is likewise is deep, melodic and affecting, and Barry's music captures all the yearning passions and papal manipulation which afflicted the lives of the characters.

Though he made his reputation with the jazzy James Bond scores, The Lion In Winter returned Barry to his musical roots. A Yorkshireman by birth, Barry's early education concentrated largely on traditional music of the Catholic Church, and the film called upon the composer's expertise in that ethos. Scored for large orchestra and chorus, there is an epic dimension to the music, and yet it never becomes turgid, thanks to Barry's graceful style, and it plays with perfect fluidity from beginning to end.

Originally recorded in the sixties, the sound is better than many scores recorded in the seventies (and even a few in the eighties) and despite having been done in a studio, skillful engineering recreates the convincing semblance of cathedral acoustics, which particularly suits the vocal writing. A number of impressive choral pieces are heard throughout the score, which if not entirely rooted in the period, nevertheless powerfully conjure the time and place. It comes as no great surprise that Barry was rewarded with an Academy Award for his work on this film.

Some notes on this particular CD:

Although the program is the same, the sound quality of this "Film Score Classics" CD edition, released by Varese Sarabande in 1988, is much better than the later (and more widely available) 1995 Columbia/Legacy release. The Columbia/Legacy CD is coated in noise reduction to reduce the presence of tape hiss in this 1968 recording (which is minimal to begin with), but unfortunately the NR also smothers many of the quieter passages of the score, and generally spoils the whole thing.

The Varese Sarabande CD however is free of this wrong-headed tinkering, and is unquestionably the recording listeners ought to seek out. The Varese Sarabande edition also includes some excellent liner notes by CD producer Richard Kraft (who, interestingly enough, later went on to become John Barry's agent) and also reproduces the original 1968 LP liner notes.
HASH(0x8cbc9eac) out of 5 stars Wonderful music! 24 Feb. 2014
By sah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite movies! Love the music! Original score. Great listening. I hate it when they put out a fake score.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ca45894) out of 5 stars Magnificent! 8 Sept. 2010
By Sylvia in the South - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The movie is fantastic, and the soundtrack is even better! I'm talking about the 2003 version of "the Lion in Winter" with Glen Close and Patric Stewart, which is 100 percent better than the version with Katherine Hepburn and Peter (What's his name). Ahh...the soundtrack is magnificent. I really can't describe it but that it is VERY well done! The cost is minimal, but the benefits are most gratifying. Try it!
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