SUPPORT FILMTRACKS! CLICK HERE FIRST:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
iTunes (U.S.)
Amazon.ca
Amazon.fr
eBay (U.S.)
Amazon.de
Amazon.es
Half.com
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
Composers
Awards
   NEWEST MAJOR REVIEWS:
     1. San Andreas
    2. Mad Max: Fury Road
   3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  4. Cinderella
 5. Furious 7
6. Jupiter Ascending
   CURRENT MOST POPULAR REVIEWS:
         1. Titanic
        2. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
       3. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
      4. Maleficent
     5. LOTR: Return of the King
    6. Hobbit: Unexpected Journey
   7. Interstellar
  8. Moulin Rouge
 9. Gladiator
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Home Page
The Lion in Winter
(1968)
Album Cover Art
1990 Varèse
1995 Sony/Columbia
Album 2 Cover Art
2001 Silva Screen
Album 3 Cover Art
Originally Composed, Conducted, and Orchestrated by:

1995 Album Produced by:
Didier C. Deutsch

2001 Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
Labels Icon
LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(1990)

Sony Legacy
(March 14th, 1995)

Silva Screen
(September 25th, 2001)
Availability Icon
ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 album was a regular U.S. release, but is long out of print. The 1995 and 2001 albums are both widely available international releases.
Awards
AWARDS
Winner of an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. Nominated for a Golden Globe.
Also See Icon
ALSO SEE




Decorative Nonsense
PRINTER FRIENDLY VIEW
(inverts site colors)




Availability | Awards | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... on any of its albums (but especially the original recording) if you want to hear a brutal, gothic sound from John Barry that definitely stands apart in his otherwise self-referencing career.

Avoid it... on the 2001 re-recording of the complete score on the Silva Screen label if you demand that the music maintain the intangible sense of menace and fright that exists in only the original recording.
Review Icon
EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #333
WRITTEN 6/2/97, REVISED 9/15/08
Shopping Icon
BUY IT

2001 Silva
1995 Sony


2001 Silva (9.99)
1995 Sony (9.99)


Barry
Barry
The Lion in Winter: (John Barry) The 1968 big screen adaptation of the stage story of The Lion in Winter remains an impressively dramatic powerhouse. The wickedly brilliant script, performed by the outstanding Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn at the heights of their careers, would have made this film a classic alone. Throw in additionally gripping performances by young actors Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton, and you get a film for which a musical score could have easily been an afterthought. What's important to remember about the music for this film is the simple fact that it wasn't necessary for a composer to create such an "over the top" score, and yet, it is precisely that kid of in-your-face bravado that allowed John Barry to stand on the stage alongside Hepburn and screenwriter James Goldman in accepting an Academy Award for The Lion in Winter. When Barry scored the film, he was at the height of his popularity in the James Bond franchise, with the world knowing him mainly for his sassy Bond scores (and, to a lesser extent, for his jazz band recordings, though Beat Girl wasn't exactly great material). Despite critical acclaim, mainly serious film score collectors were aware of the merits the dramatic realm that Barry displayed in his earlier 1960's scores for Zulu and Born Free. Upon glancing at the script and cast for The Lion in Winter, one would not have associated Barry with the project even at that time, but his friendship with the director Anthony Harvey allowed Barry the opportunity to create a score that would change the public's impression of him forever. The fact that the grandiose style of Barry's score was unnecessary in the first place is what makes it a classic. Left by the director and producer to compose whatever would be appropriate for the film, Barry decided write a dark, menacing, and gothic score, a style which cannot be classified with either his early jazzy works or his later lush romances. He masterfully captured the brutal sounds of the Middle Ages while still adhering to the domination of the Catholic Church.

Ratings Icon
VIEWER RATINGS
1,360 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.19 Stars
***** 745 5 Stars
**** 313 4 Stars
*** 179 3 Stars
** 62 2 Stars
* 61 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
COMMENTS
3 TOTAL COMMENTS
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments
Holy crap, it's awesome!
Richard Kleiner - June 4, 2012, at 10:24 p.m.
1 comment  (533 views)
A masterpiece
Sheridan - September 23, 2006, at 2:29 a.m.
1 comment  (2081 views)
Vinyl available.
Alfred Scudiero - September 11, 2006, at 8:10 p.m.
1 comment  (1934 views)
More...


Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990/1995 Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 36:22
• 1. Main Title/The Lion in Winter (2:39)
• 2. Chinon/Eleanor's Arrival (3:28)
• 3. Allons Gai Gai Gai (1:50)
• 4. To the Chapel (1:48)
• 5. The Christmas Wine (2:44)
• 6. God Damn You (4:15)
• 7. To Rome (4:06)
• 8. The Herb Garden (4:40)
• 9. Eya, Eya, Nova Gaudia (2:11)
• 10. How Beautiful You Make Me (3:01)
• 11. Media vita in morte sumus (In the Midst of Life We are in Death) (2:15)
• 12. We're Jungle Creatures (2:46)
2001 Silva Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:17

Notes Icon
NOTES AND QUOTES
All of the inserts contain lengthy notes about the movie, score, and composer, as well as lyrics and translations of the Latin text.
Copyright © 1997-2015, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from The Lion in Winter are Copyright © 1995, 2001, Varèse Sarabande, Sony Legacy, Silva Screen and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 6/2/97 and last updated 9/15/08.
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload