Music Webmaster Len Mullenger


Gabriel YARED The English Patient  OST performed by Academy of St Martin in the Fields    FANTASY FCD-16001 [75:11]


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Yes, I know this is not a new album but we began operations of Film Music on the Web long after the release of the multi-Oscar winning film; and I have always wanted the excuse to include a brief review of it on this site. So here it is neatly rounding up our ‘African’ section and placed immediately before Jeffrey Wheeler’s review of Yared’s new Message in a Bottle score.

The music is a clever mosaic of North African and Hungarian and other styles of music plus source material (classic songs and Bach’s Aria from The Goldberg Variations etc). In my mind Yared’s haunting music will forever be inextricably linked with the beautifully photographed desert scenes, the doomed romance between the Ralph Fiennes and the Kristin Scott Thomas characters, and the flight of their stricken aircraft across rippling desert sands.

A marvellously evocative score which I have revisited on many occasions.

And it is still available in the shops.


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