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Downton Abbey: Essential Collection

Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection / Var
Release Date: 11/19/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 1774302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Lunn
Conductor:  Alastair King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Ensemble of London
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the third series of Britain's favorite television drama approaches, Decca Records is proud to announce the release of Downton Abbey The Essential Collection, containing the original music from the multi-award winning television series produced by Carnival Films for PBS.

Renowned British composer John Lunn is the man behind the magic. His original music conjures up the perfect atmosphere for the happenings of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as their lives unfold at Downton Abbey. With his gift for delicate orchestration, Lunn possesses a wonderfully unique voice that commands the full range of musical style.

Contemporary in attitude but classically trained, his sensitive approach creates a
Read more musical ambiance that unerringly evokes the emotional core of the Downton drama. Lunn is regarded by the production team and cast members alike as the unsung hero of Downton and has recently received an Emmy nomination for his evocative score.

The Essential Collection features an irresistible vocal recording of a new track "I'll Count The Days" which is sung by Rebecca Ferguson with lyrics written especially for her by renowned lyricist, Don Black. This track is the backdrop to the love story between leading characters Matthew and Mary.

As well as the original orchestral version of the Downton theme tune, the Essential Collection includes an evocative recording from the Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Their covers of Every Breath You Take and With Or Without You were used in the official promotional ITV trailers for series one and two respectively.

Over the course of the past two series, over ten million viewers have regularly tuned in to the critically acclaimed drama, sharing the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, portrayed so memorably by Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and the whole cast. But the majestic Downton Abbey atmosphere has a powerful magic which, with Decca's Downton Abbey The Essential Collection, can be recreated time and time again.
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Works on This Recording

Downton Abbey by John Lunn
Conductor:  Alastair King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Ensemble of London

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Very good but some of the "essential" music wasn' November 29, 2012 By Zack A. See All My Reviews "I liked nearly all of the music that was added for the new album, but was disappointed that certain of the music from the second series is missing. This includes the incidental music from beginning of the opening episode of series 2 (from the opening scene through the shot of O'Brien smoking out back), and various other pieces that Mr. Lunn composed for series 2. If any of these are offered as individual MP3's, I promise to purchase them." Report Abuse
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