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Comments about the soundtrack for The Lion in Winter (John Barry)

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A masterpiece
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• Posted by: Sheridan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, September 23, 2006, at 1:29 a.m.
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This score is full of interesting orchestral solutions and motifs,and it has good sound quality,too.An elementary powerful choir illustrate the fear,jealousy,
distrust and hatred that exist in Henry II' s court,and the sadness and elegy which exist in Henry II' s heart because his kingdom is even more important to his loved ones than his personality.The virtuoso and creative use of strings,the outstanding brass and piano sections,alongside with the well-timed use of percussion to create an even more powerful soundscape where needed is breath-takingly excellent.There are some tracks which use religious tunes and rythms in order to reflect to the era of the story : the middle ages where the influence of the Church is serious.Some of the tracks are menacing,omenous and suspenseful to illustrate the hatred and jealousy which exist between the three sons of Henry II in their struggle for power - in the struggle which is about who should inherit the throne of their father,Henry II.These tracks also reflect to their fear from each other,and their distrust/mistrust for each other.The sad and elegiac tracks illustrate the burdens of the characters' conscience,and the fact that they overlook human values over their own interest.Highly recommended.

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