What with this and Amelia, I really need to start turning up to parties earlier! I've always liked Fenton and have a decent amount of CD's by him in my collection. I don't know how this one passed me by for so long, although I've never seen the film, so maybe that's why. But what a corker of a score it is! So emotional and tender. Lovely stuff. Fenton has never had a signature voice or style that has ever stood out to me, like some composers' music does, but that has never taken away the joy I have derived from his music and scores over the years. This is certainly up there with the very best of his work. Thoughts? (I did search for other threads about this score, but could'nae find any).
A few years ago I begged the late Nick Redman to do a Twilight Time release of the film, which is criminally out of print in the U.S. He kindly replied: "We are fond of Shadowlands but haven't managed to pry it loose as yet."
Great great score. I’ve been listening to the album since 1992 and only watched the film this year, giving the music a whole new meaning.
If you love this, I also recommend his scores to Handful of Dust and Cry Freedom. They’re different, but they both have that Fenton quality that’s hard to describe. You just want to keep playing them over and over.