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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

CD REVIEW - Middletown

Music by Debbie Wiseman
Silva Screen SILCD1215 (U.K.)
12 Tracks 47:23 mins

Debbie Wiseman's latest score for Brian Kirk's Middletown is a much more restrained affair than her action-packed Arsene Lupin, with two main themes dominating the score, the second of which is more dramatic and gets more workouts - its best incarnation probably the track that introduces it - "The Hour is Coming."
Throughout, the impressive violin playing of Jack Liebeck features and reaches its emotional height in "The Heart of my Family." Piano leads at other times, possibly played by the composer, with the orchestra being recorded in Ireland.
A serviceable score then, but without the memorable themes often associated with the composer and lacking the orchestral fireworks of Arsene Lupin. The composer probably sums it up best in her notes for the accompanying booklet when she describes her score as "intense and almost 'claustrophobic,'" but kudos to Liebeck for his performance.


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