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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christmas Doctor Who scores, and Abigail's Song / Theme is stunning, 24 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Doctor Who - A Christmas Carol (Audio CD)
Murray Gold has done another fantastic job on this soundtrack. Unlike Doctor Who: Series 5 which had the new Doctor's theme in abundance, this release has fewer references to it, and when it does pop up, the orchestrations are slightly different which keeps the theme feeling fresh. The score has some great orchestral and choral writing, with just the right Christmas feel as to feel wintry but not clichéd.

Of course, the highlight has to be Abigail's Song (Silence is All You Know), with the angelic Katherine Jenkins making it sound effortless. The album is worth the price for this one track alone. The weaving of Abigail's theme in some of the tracks is rather brilliant ("I Can't Save Her" and "Shark Ride" and "New Memories" are sublime example of this).

I would say this album really shows the strength of Murray Gold's writing. Because he wasn't so heavily reliant on the Doctor's theme, this seems to have allowed him to be more creative in the orchestrations and melodies throughout the entire album, especially with Abigail's Theme. The National Orchestra of Wales have once again done a fantastic job and the recording mix is brilliant. Running in at 49 minutes, it probably has most of (if not all) of the music present in the episode and feels like it is a perfect length. If you liked Gold's previous scores, it is highly likely you will enjoy this!
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2012 13:48:17 GMT
Hi,

I'm very interested in the score of the "Abigail's Song". ¿does the book of this cd come with the score?
Thank you in advance

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 22:58:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2012 23:00:53 GMT
L. Hubbard says:
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by the book of the CD. There is an insert on the inside of the CD case that contains some artwork from the episode, and there are the lyrics or words to Abigail's Song. There is no score or musical notation for the song itself. I have done a quick google search for it, but nothing stood out. You could try contacting the BBC directly using this link:https://faq.external.bbc.co.uk/templates/bbcfaqs/emailstatic/emailPage?entryID=programme_team
I'm not sure whether they will get back to you, but they may forward your question to a relevant department who can help you further. I hope that is some assistance!
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