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Great Film....Poor CD soundtrack,
This review is from: ENGLAND MY ENGLAND (Audio CD)
I very much enjoyed this film, even if a number of scenes have been removed from the 1995 original. With actors such as Simon Callow, Michael Ball and John Shrapnel, you cannot go wrong. The flashes between modern (well, modern for 1995ish) and 17th century were sightly annoying, but in my opinion, tended to rub along well. However, I was very disappointed with the CD soundtrack, which omitted a number of Purcell's pieces featured in the film and Walton's Spitfire prelude and fugue, used to good effect in the Great fire of London scene. Tony Palmer, as ever has done his best to portray an accurate story of a famous composer and although he is criticised, I haven't forgotton the farce that was Ken Russell's portrayal of Tchaikovsky in the Music Lovers.
Bio-pics of our great composers should be rich in fact, history, music and drama, and this is as good as it has (so far) got. We await future efforts for Elgar, Vaughan-Williams, Arthur Sullivan, William Boyce, Thomas Arne etc..etc..