Favourite Soundtracks No.1: ‘Isabel’
Now that I’ve mastered the posting of chunks from my own soundtrack collection, I thought you might like a little accompanying music every now and again (yes, this site caters for all your needs. I’d feed you if I could. I’m a natural nurturer. Please tell your friends).
So, themes in motion pictures – they’re not very popular anymore. They were once, of course, from John Barry’s theme for ‘Zulu’ to Maurice Jarre’s theme for ‘Doctor Zhivago’. Whistle one theme from the past five years, go on. That’s if you’re a whistler (I am – it’s probably a very irritating habit). It doesn’t count if you just whistled the catchy theme from ‘Kill Bill’ because that was by Bernard Herrmann and nicked from a British movie he scored while in exile here called ‘Twisted Nerve’. Today’s emphasis is on songs, so we have the Oscar-winning ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ and ‘Happy’ from ‘Despicable Me 2’, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but woven orchestral themes, with perhaps half a dozen knitting themselves through a score, are clearly harder to create when scenes are being reordered to suit demographic exit-polls.
Whether Hollywood is more advanced than the rest of the world in giving audiences what they want, or whether it’s fallen sadly behind, european cinema scores still have themes. Here’s one scored for the Spanish TV series ‘Isabel’, which just premiered on Sky with subtitles (the DVD has none, apparently). The theme arrives at the end, an instant classic – the whole album is stunning. I’m taking suggestions.