Pride and Prejudice (includes Dawn)
It might be one of Classic FM presenter Alan Titchmarsh's favourites, but Pride and Prejudice falls four places in the 2014 Hall of Fame.
Combining charm and wit from Jane Austen's novel with Marianelli's effortlessly delicate tunes, this score captures the Romantic spirit of the charming film adaptation. Using the piano sonatas of Beethoven as his springboard, composer Dario Marianelli set about writing a soundtrack that sounds as if it could have actually have been heard by any of Jane Austen's characters. Indeed, given that several scenes involve some of the characters playing a piano, Marianelli found himself in the unconventional position of actually having to have music ready well before the film's completion. The soundtrack also features contributions from acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who was accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra. So evocative is the music in this film that it's difficult to shake the feeling that it would have met with the approval of Jane Austen herself.
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