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.