Accompanying the films remarkable story of Philomenas extraordinary search for her long lost son, is composer Alexandre Desplats emotionally riveting score which evokes the compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. Desplats wide usage of instruments gives the film its emotional resonance with both enchantment and a beautifully touching heart. Alexandre Desplats score runs a wide spectrum of poignant and dramatic tones, perfectly complimenting the films touching story of a quest filled with laughter and joy that is often underpinned by sadness. The original motion score for Philomena marks the latest collaboration between Desplat and director Stephen Frears, with Desplat having previously created the score for Frears 2006 Academy-nominated film The Queen.
Recorded at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, 17-19 December 2016 (Martinů – live) and on 24 August 2017 (Novák). Bohuslav Martinů and Jan Novák shared similar fates – both of them left their country and wandered around the world. The two composers also had a relationship as a teacher and pupil. Novák referred to his studies with Martinů in New York in 1947 as having had a major impact on his development as a music creator and human. Martinů’s influence is palpable in Novák’s Philharmonic Dances (Choreae Philharmonicae, 1956), three symphonic fantasies that provide wide scope for showcasing the virtuosity of both the soloists and the groups of instruments. The present recording of the work (the very first made in a studio) helps us to pay off our great debt to Novák, an artist who gave preference to being a “free exile” against having to breathe the oppressive air in his homeland, reigned over by a dictatorial regime.