Have you seen the Downton Abbey: A New Era yet? We were fans, check out Jazmine’s review here, and it’s been a wonder to revisit those wonderful characters, and also discover new secrets.
As you’ll be well aware, with everything Downton, that title music score is vital to the character of the series and the films, and now you can own the soundtrack from Decca Records, which not only retains the distinctive sweeping orchestration and cherished title motif, it also celebrates the story’s entrance to a new decade with 1930s swinging Jazz.
Downton Abbey: A New Era is composed by John Lunn, and features award-winning British Jazz and Soul singer Cherise Adams-Burnett, whose honeyed voice shines on the two tracks included Crazy Rhythm and Am I Blue, as well as featuring in the film itself, performing the songs from the soundtrack.
Celebrated Scottish composer Lunn has received two Primetime Emmy Awards and two BAFTA nominations for his scores for Downton Abbey. It’s fair to say that his music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans a broad spectrum of musical styles. Classically trained yet contemporary in attitude, he combines an intelligent and sensitive approach with a sound that always hits at the emotional heart of a piece, and even the fresh version of the title theme really hits the heart. Lunn had this to say about his involvement:
“I’ve been working on Downton Abbey now for over ten years, but this is the soundtrack that I’m probably most proud of. It’s been a joyous return to working with the director Simon Curtis, we had previously worked together on Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky, and he seems to bring the best out of me. Along with reworking familiar and well-loved themes, the new storylines have opened up a whole new vista for me.”