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Becoming Jane Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Soundtrack , Johnston; Mozart; Englishby; L Audio CD
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1. First Impressions
2. Hampshire
3. Bond Street Airs
4. Basingstoke Assembly
5. A Game Of Cricket
6. Selbourne Wood
7. Lady Gresham
8. Advice From a Young Lady
9. Laverton Fair
10. To the Bell
11. Rose Garden
12. Mrs. Radcliffe
13. Goodbye Mr. Iefroy
14. Distant Lives
15. The Messenger
16. An Adoring Heart
17. Runaways
18. A Letter From Limerick
19. The Loss Of Yours
20. To Be Apart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album Oct. 22 2012
By Omnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Aug. 23 2007
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is an amazing compilation by Andrew Johnston. Prior to this movie, I'd never heard his work, but now I'm hopeful I'll have many more chances to hear it!

The music is so lovely -- vibrant, soothing, everything! I HIGHLY reccommend it. I can listen to it over and over again - there are no songs I dislike! (which is rare for me)

If you liked the movie, or even if you didn't, this is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Jane - movie soundtract March 8 2009
Format:Audio CD
Great 'classical' music! I listen to it almost daily.
Well-worth the money I spent. This movie & soundtract deserve more recognization. I'm glad Director Julian Jarrold used Mr. Adrian Johnston to produce the original score. Also great acting by Anne Hathaway, james McAvoy, Julie Watlers and the rest of the cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful music! Aug. 22 2007
By Ruth Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For Becoming Jane, Adrian Johnston delivers an elegant score that perfectly captures the poignant and bittersweet, utterly romantic tone of the film. Johnston was given permission to study the surviving music books that once belonged to the Austen family in preparation for scoring the film, and that study shows. By weaving music from the period throughout the score, he gives this highly speculative "biopic" a genuinely authentic feel. Particularly notable is the inclusion of themes from "The Irishman" in the tracks "Bond Street Airs" and "A Letter." Also noteworthy are the tracks "The Basingstoke Assembly," featuring "The Recruiting Officer," and "Laverton Fair," featuring "Softly good Tummas" - both pieces of source music by Kynaston/Walsh and arranged by Johnston sparkle with energy. Track after track of the score features cues of music positively dripping with the sound of delicate strings and exquisite piano solos. This is music to think, to read, to write, to DREAM by - it encourages a quiet, reflective mood (perfectly suited to curling up with one of Austen's novels and a cup of tea). In this respect Johnston's work follows in the tradition of scores for previous Austen pictures such as Pride & Prejudice, Emma: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture, and Sense and Sensibility: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1995 Film) - all of the aforementioned films feature music that perfectly compliments the on-screen action, but taken by themselves the scores stand on their own as polished, unforgettable musical works of art.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Fantastic Soundtrack!!!!! Sept. 13 2007
By vessie@oz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After watching Becoming Jane at the movies this past March, I had mixed feelings about the production. The music by Adrian Johnston is just amazing. I enjoy listening to it and my friends have asked me what music is playing when they are over.
If you enjoy soundtracks from P&P, Emma, Nicholas Nickleby, Little Women, Miss Potter, Sense And Sensibility just to name a few. You will enjoy this wonderful soundtrack.
Buy it you will be glad that you have.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Finest Film Scores of 2007 Sept. 3 2007
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Composer Adrian Johnston's superb, predominantly neo-Classical score, intertwined with fragments of Mozart's and late 18th/early 19th Century English "popular" music, underscores the bittersweet romance which forms the heart of "Becoming Jane", in which actors James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway give remarkable, quite riveting, performances as Tom Lefroy and Jane Austen. It is replete with fine violin and cello solos from a small chamber session orchestra whose musicians I have never heard of before, but whose playing truly rivals the best I have heard from some of the world's great chamber ensembles both in live performances and on recordings. Quite simply, the musicians have wrought a memorable soundtrack recording that's most noteworthy for the delicate, almost transparent, rhapsodic playing of the strings, and some refined playing by a solo pianist too. Johnston's original score is a richly textured musical palette which evokes Baroque as well as Classical music in some of the melodies. Much to his credit, from studying the surviving music books belonging to the Austen family, Johnston has conjured up in music, the sights and sounds of Jane Austen's beloved Hampshire, England, and has rendered a most vivid musical tribute to her life and work as one of Great Britain's finest authors of fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It seems to be missing something..... Sept. 5 2007
By J. M. Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having read the other reviews, I have to agree: this is a wonderful, well studied, emotionally charged CD. However, there seems to be something missing: the pivotal dance song where, after looking for Tom like Elizabeth looks for Wickham in P&P, Tom suddenly pops into view and your heart simply stops. Other songs seem to be missing too, but this one is the most important one in the movie! For this reason, I give the cd 4 stars. I like to use it for lulling my daughter off to sleep.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! Nov. 8 2007
By Marcy G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack to "Becoming Jane" brings the wonderful movie starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy to life. It is sweeping, emotional, romantic and stirring. There is not one track in this soundtrack that I do not like and most of them I truly love. I keep this CD on constant play at home and in my car. It soothes and calms me, even as I listen to it at work or while sitting in traffic in my car.

My favorite tracks are "First Impressions," "To the Ball," "Rose Garden," and "Runaways" but in all honesty I love them all. Adrian Johnston has done a brilliant job of creating such beautiful music.

If you love the film, then this soundtrack is a must have. It is that perfect background music to listen to as you cuddle up to a book or as you enjoy a quiet afternoon indoors. And if you enjoyed other romantic soundtracks such Dario Marianelli's "Pride & Prejudice," Gabriel Yared's "The English Patient" and Patrick Doyle's "Sense & Sensibility," then this would be a wonderful addition to your collection. It is a stunning piece of work and something I know I will enjoy listening to for years to come.
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