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Saturday, August 23, 2008


An Unfinished Life - Piano Sketches
Music by Christopher Young
BSX Records BSXCD 8835 (US)
21 Tracks 41:03 mins

Although Christopher Young's rejected score for An Unfinished Life was thankfully released last year by Varese Sarabande on their CD Club label, and included 14 solo piano pieces submitted to the director as demos of themes he had written, the composer had actually come up with quite a few more thematic ideas for the film. Now BSX Records has released 21 of the 26 themes written, reworked and expanded into three "books." It is Young's wish that one day they could perhaps be performed in concert, but in the meantime, here is an album of pianist Dave Giulli's exemplary interpretations of his themes. If you are partial to piano music this may well float your boat but, if you are purely a collector of film scores, you may wish to stick to the Varese recording.
Undoubtedly however, the music performed here is highly melodic, sometimes lively, at others more introspective, nostalgic, warm and lyrical; a mix of Celtic and Americana, with one hummable melody following another and, frankly, it's hard to see why Lasse Hallstrom went with another composer, especially as Young had done such a fine job on The Shipping News. But it's all ancient history now, I suppose, and at least the music isn't lost forever like so many rejected scores of the (mostly) recent past.
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