Pride and Prejudice [Music from the Motion Pictures]

Pride and Prejudice [Music from the Motion Pictures]

by Jean-Yves ThibaudetJean-Yves Thibaudet
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One reason why it is better to be a music critic than a film critic is illustrated by this album. The poor film critic may be left to ponder why filmmakers have chosen to do so many screen adaptations of Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice for both theatrical release and television broadcast, especially in recent years, and to weigh the competing talents of, say, Laurence Olivier, Colin Firth, and, now, Matthew MacFadyen in portraying the character of Mr. Darcy. But the music critic isn't really called upon to compare Herbert Stothart's score for the 1940 film with Carl Davis' music for the 1995 TV mini-series, and, now, Dario Marianelli's. They are entirely different entities and can be treated separately. As stated in a producers' note, the intention of the creators of the 2005 theatrical film Pride & Prejudice was to have Marianelli compose music that conceivably could have been heard at the time the story is set, in the late 18th century. Thus, he has come up with a couple of dance cues ("Meryton Townhall," "Another Dance") that actually recall the dance music of the period, as well as a march ("The Militia Marches In") that a military band actually might have been expected to play at the time. But the main scoring, calling upon Beethoven's sonatas for its inspiration, finds Marianelli providing music for pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, sometimes accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra, that has a strong Romantic flavor to accompany the familiar romantic plot. No doubt Stothart and Davis (among others) also did their homework in preparing their scores, but they may not have been as concerned as Marianelli with essentially impersonating an 18th century composer.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947630913
catalogNumber: 000562002
Rank: 3511

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jean-Yves Thibaudet   Primary Artist,Piano
Caroline Dale   Cello
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
William Lyons   Conductor
Benjamin Wallfisch   Conductor
Aidan Broadbridge   Violin

Technical Credits

Gary Thomas   Engineer
Isobel Griffiths   Booking
Paul Webster   Liner Notes
William Lyons   Arranger
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Nick Angel   Executive Producer
Dario Marianelli   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Benjamin Wallfisch   Orchestration
Nick Woollage   Engineer
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Joe Wright   Liner Notes

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Pride & Prejudice [Original Score] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These songs inspire me to try and find the music notes at a good price, becaus eI would love to learn to play them. This soundtrack is worth the amount you would pay. Every single penny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this movie the scene where liz is standing on the cliff over looking the valley I found myself teary eyed. The Music just flowed through the scene in such a delicate intimate manner that spoke to me in a way music hasn't in a while. To this day I am still moved by the pieces in this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have most definately loved watching this movie over and over again. I find myself lost in time to the music to the story. It is my favorite movie and soundtrack and could watch and listen to it over and over again!
Paxia More than 1 year ago
Great value for the price. Wonderful and amazing music that is a pleasure to listen to anytime and anywhere. This is an excellent gift for anyone who loves the movie and book.
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Shugs More than 1 year ago
I have listened to this CD over and over again. I love every minute of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the Pride&Prejudice DVD and just totally fell in love with the film. It was incredibly romantic and sensational that I watched it again and again. One of the best movies I've ever seen. And the music just totally, well, I don't know how to say it, but it kind put the whole thing together and created the mood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautiful score complements the new movie "Pride and Prejudice" perfectly! As you watch the film and become engrossed in the lives of Darcy and Elizabeth, the music invites you to step into Jane Austen's time period. Any fan of orchaestral soundtracks like Emma, Sense and Sensibility, or Ever After will love this score.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a hopeless romantic so add Matthew MacFayden's three "I love, I love, I love you"s to the rich music in this score and a hopeful girl's heart will most certainly skip a beat. All I can say is that the music is absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and the scene with Lizzy on the edge of the cliff in the Peak District...breathtaking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music envelopes you. You feel like you're watching the movie again. I agree that "Your Hands are Cold" is an amazing song... so emotional! If you like classical, soundtracks, or the movie, you'll love this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music just goes along perfectly with all the scenes and moments in the movie... When I hear the first few notes as the movies starts I get goosebumps
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased the DVD and watch it constantly. My husband asked me why I watched the DVD so much (day after day) and I answered him: It's the music, honey. Of course he couldn't understand, after all, he's only a man, but be assured the music is even lovelier than the movie and the movie was absolutely beautiful.
Faey_Master More than 1 year ago
I got this in the deluxe P&P DVD set and now my mom and I are both addicted to this CD. I am conviced someday I will wake up and know how to play the piano part of Georgiana. The movie may not be perfect but I find no fault with this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this cd because I am a huge fan of the book and the movie and I love just listening to the movie, but that I found out there was a cd for the movie and I got super excited! It makes me feel like I'm in that time period and with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. You should definitely buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This compilation of gorgeous music is beautifully and perfectly flowing with every part of the story. It completely captures every emotion of the film, and I would most definitely recommend it!
Inkieann More than 1 year ago
I have had no problems. I bought it after watching the movie and love the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Your Hands Are Cold" is quickly becoming my favorite song. Even my uber-macho college guy friends have asked me for the CD - the music is beautifully composed, perfectly capturing the emotional complexity that characterizes Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship. You won't make a mistake in buying this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music to this movie is beautiful, peaceful. It goes well against the backdrop of the movie scenes. I recommend it.
2Electic More than 1 year ago
I purchased this based on hearing it in the movie and I certainly am glad I did. It has become one of my favorites to relax by. It is truly a soothing and peaceful recording. It really stands on it's own and is just not the background for a motion picture.
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