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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   Don   (Member)

As a huge (and I mean huge) fan of adventure and fantasy scores I recently stumbled upon the BBC movie of Gormenghast, with the music of Richard Rodney Bennett. While the movie never was shown here in germany, I love the book by Mervyn Peake.

Naturally, I'm wondering about the music. Could anyone describe it somehow? What style is it? Is it comparable to other Bennetts (e.g. Far from the Madding Crowd)? Is it worth looking for?

Of course I checked the respective reviews pages on the net, but the best advices I got from this board.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Well...unfortunately I'm at work and don't have access to the CD to give you more information. That said, this is one of the most BEAUTIFUL and EXCITING scores by Bennett. I do recall some songs, but they all blend in with the score wonderfully.

I had a hard time finding the disc and got VERY lucky when I stumbled across one in a used bin in L.A. If you can find it, buy it!

James

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)

You can get a copy of the cd via www.amazon.co.uk. It was released by Sony Classical in 2000. Although I do not have the soundtrack, I do have the 2-tape video in VHS format.

Some of the cues are reminiscent of BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN and NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA. Bennett was also influenced by Arvo Part and Gorecki in others.

The track listings I got off of the Amazon site.


Track Listings
1. Song of titus
2. Celebration
3. Cat room
4. Burning the library
5. The christening
6. Fuchsia & Steerpike
7. The sisters
8. Fuchsia & lord groan
9. The madness of lord groan
10. The death of swelter
11. The earling
12. Keda
13. The sisters in prison
14. Freedom
15. In the forest
16. Irma's romance
17. The carver's ceremony
18. The death of barquentine
19. The red room
20. Sarabande for the sisters
21. Ceremony in the rain
22. The death of steerpike
23. Fuschia's funeral
24. Farewell to Gormenghast

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

As a huge (and I mean huge) fan of adventure and fantasy scores I recently stumbled upon the BBC movie of Gormenghast, with the music of Richard Rodney Bennett. While the movie never was shown here in germany, I love the book by Mervyn Peake.

Naturally, I'm wondering about the music. Could anyone describe it somehow? What style is it? Is it comparable to other Bennetts (e.g. Far from the Madding Crowd)? Is it worth looking for?.


I have it. Its a nice, full, traditional orchestral score. Not unlike Far From The Madding Crowd but less "folky", and with a more epic sound.

I do think the album drags a bit in places but there is some wonderful music on it.

The main title in particular is terrific, featuring a boy soprano with lyrics by Mervyn Peake.

There's also a few tracks of choral music by John Tavener (not written for the production) which are also nice.

In short, I highly reccomend it.

How I wish Bennett would score a Harry Potter film!


Paul

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

It doesn't sound like Krull or Lord of the Rings or Legend or anything like that (no big choirs etc). It's very British in nature and has a truly symphonic feel to it. It has two or three outstanding action cues, but, again, not in the traditional Hollywood manner.

The music is rich, complex, sometimes very lyrical and brims with RR Bennett's distinct musical personality. Personally, I think it's one of the best things he's done for the screen.

If I were you, I'd buy it.
And if you were me, you'd already have it. smile

Heath

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)

Go to this link for more threads on Richard Rodney Bennett.


http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/searchResults.asp

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2006 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

I had it, but found it rather disappointing and traded it away.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

The opening choral cue, "Song of Titus," is unspeakably gorgeous. The rest of the album is nice too.

And on a related note, is there any piece of music more heartbreaking than Alfred Newman's Diary of Anne Frank theme? Just curious.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

The end title to Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia... maybe?

A rhetorical answer to what must have been a rhetorical question. However, thanks to the Alfredo, my heart owes a debt to superglue.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)

"my heart owes a debt to superglue."

Heath, maybe sniffing too much, eh?


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Don   (Member)

You can get a copy of the cd via www.amazon.co.uk.

It's listed but unfortunately discontinued. You all made me very curious. I'll check the BBC homepage if they got further information. It seems rather fasr OOP, being released in 2000.... Sony Classical is not a very small label either.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)



It's listed but unfortunately discontinued. You all made me very curious. I'll check the BBC homepage if they got further information. It seems rather fasr OOP, being released in 2000.... Sony Classical is not a very small label either.


If you read a little further down, used copies can be obtained of this title from Amazon's dealers. If you want it new, the best bet is to buy it directly from Sony via their website, or go to a retailer and see if they can order it for you.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Gloooooooo
Glooooooooooo
Gloooooooooooooooo

Yeah..............

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 6:05 PM   
 By:   Don   (Member)

If you read a little further down, used copies can be obtained of this title from Amazon's dealers. If you want it new, the best bet is to buy it directly from Sony via their website, or go to a retailer and see if they can order it for you.


Forgive me, I may be blind, but I can't find any offers in the Amazon marketplace. At least not on this link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000042O35/qid%3D1140987705/203-2865061-8419107#top

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)




Forgive me, I may be blind, but I can't find any offers in the Amazon marketplace. At least not on this link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000042O35/qid%3D1140987705/203-2865061-8419107#top


You would have to put in a price and then it would go out to Amazon's dealers, and when a copy comes up for sale, Amazon would notify you. I have found rare editions out-of-print books and soundtracks using this method.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2006 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)

This is a complete story of the making of the BBC production of GORMENGHAST.


http://www.amasci.com/~rkj/weekly/aa060500a.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2006 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Don   (Member)

You would have to put in a price and then it would go out to Amazon's dealers, and when a copy comes up for sale, Amazon would notify you. I have found rare editions out-of-print books and soundtracks using this method.


Sounds promising. I might try this one.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I was a late arrival to this score lately, having been a fan of Bennett's scores from decades priors for a good several years now.

Wow! What an outstandingly beautiful opening piece, "Song of Titus". Just stunning music, and what a melody to boot. The rest of the score is great in its own way, trafficking in the lush, shifting orchestral textures that I've long-associated with Bennett's style. It's all really great... But that opening cue is truly one for the books.

Surprised to not see this later-day gem from this reliably excellent composer discussed more often.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I'm a Bennett fan and tried to get this CD but always found the price too high. A couple of years ago I found one reasonably priced on Amazon UK. I just checked, and they still have copies at a good price.

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Man, do I wish there was more RR Bennett music available. I'm thinking of writing a series of columns on my favorite composers, and he makes the list mostly due to Orient Express, Far from the Madding Crowd (one of the half dozen most gorgeous movie themes ever) and Billion Dollar Brain.

I was going to post about how beautiful "Song of Titus" is but I see that I did that years ago.

Never seen the actual TV movie/miniseries, though.

 
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