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Friday, September 21, 2007

CD REVIEW - THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB + News from Screen Archives Entertainment

The Jane Austen Book Club
Music by Aaron Zigman
Kraft-Engel Management Promo
29 Tracks 36:16 mins

Released in the States today, Sony Pictures and director Robin Swicord bring you an adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's novel of the same name. The story concerns six book club members, six Austen books, and six interwoven story lines set in the city of the city of Sacramento.
The score is provided by the busy and versatile Aaron Zigman, who has a number of projects upcoming. For The Jane Austen Book Club, he has written in a style somewhat reminiscent of Thomas Newman. Indeed, the latter's often offbeat colours burst forth in the opening track "Prudie Sees Trey," a busy mover with an Indian feel. The following track "The Buffy Conference" introduces a whimsical theme that is to appear in quite a few subsequent tracks but, on this occasion, it gives way to a waltz, with a distinctly French flavour. Many of the tracks on this disc are pretty brief, including a number of busy intros, which mark the times of the year. Along the way, the composer takes us capably through the many moods of the story, at times purposeful, at others saddish and poignant, and even a little quirky, all realised by predominately "live" musicians, though enhanced here and there by synths.
A commercial score release is expected from Varese Sarabande on October 8th, and I would expect a somewhat different track listing, perhaps combining some of the briefer cues.

I was going to make you aware of a number of re-releases by Naxos of Morgan/Stromberg film music recordings, originally released on the Marco Polo label, but it seems Screen Archives have beaten me to it, so check them out


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