Richard Rodney Bennett - Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Limited Collector's Edition 2009
New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Marcus Dods; Peter Mark, solo viola
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 195 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Classical | Label: Singular Soundtrack | # SINGSCE001 | 00:39:20
Bennett has arranged his music for the 1972 film Lady Caroline Lamb as an elegy for orchestra and that Cinderella of the orchestra, the viola. His music for this film, which was about Lady Caroline Lamb's disastrous obsessive love for the poet Lord Byron, is distinguished by a very appealing tender romantic melody that is redolent of the Lady's yearning. The work is presented in two movements. Before the love theme is stated in the first of these, there is headlong skittish, neurotic music portraying the rash, foolish woman. Afterwards comes some comically ironical military music of some pomposity which includes (Lady Lamb's?) sighs before the mood darkens - perhaps signifying Lady Lamb's encroaching madness. The second movement reprises the love music, which becomes the theme for a set of variations: some dreamily nocturnal, some passionate, some troubled.