Though I have not seen the motion picture Becoming Jane, I bought this soundtrack mostly because opf the wonderful piano melody that was played during the trailer and on the movie's Website. Unfortunately, the melody in question was not on this disc, which disappointed me a little bit. However, the quality of this album allowed me to appreciate this wonderful piece of work, that Adrian Johnston composed, produced and conducted with Paul Englishby. With orchestral and folk music close to what people would play at the end of the eighteenth century, this album pays wonderful tribute to Jane Austen's universe and to her life itself. Indeed, the leaflet inside the album acknowledges the Jane Austen Memorial Trust, who allowed them to use documents from the Austen Family Library and that they referenced in six music tracks.
Of my favorite tunes, I adored, “A Game of Cricket”, “The Basingstoke Assembly”, “A Last Reading” and “Goodbye Mr Leroy”. Their clever mix of comedy and melancholy gave me wonderful images of the English countryside and of Jane Austen's books.
As such, I think this album is not only wonderful for any fan of this movie or of Jane Austen, but also if you want some music in the background while you are either studying or reading a good book.