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The Whisperers: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
For Bryan Forbes's The Whisperers, composer John Barry indulges in a somber musical psychology to probe the thoughts and feelings of an alienated elderly woman (played by Dame Edith Evans) who is prone to hearing voices. I... more »
For Bryan Forbes's The Whisperers, composer John Barry indulges in a somber musical psychology to probe the thoughts and feelings of an alienated elderly woman (played by Dame Edith Evans) who is prone to hearing voices. In doing so, he takes an effective departure from his usual full orchestra with a sparser chamber style. This soundtrack is also a relatively rare instance in which a composer had written all of the themes before the film was edited. Barry's key instruments are a harpsichord and harp that dominate the several incarnations of the Whisperers theme. There are some quaint moments in waltz time and just one lapse into feel-bad jazz, but the overall mood is (what the liner-notes call) a "tone poem of depression and forced solitude." --Joseph Lanza
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J. A. Retzer | Phoenix, AZ | 08/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As frequently happens, I discovered this first on vinyl at a thrift store. The very next week as I was preparing to copy it to CD so I could listen to it properly, I found it used and sent away for it.
These MGM soundtrack CDs are a blessing with their improved sound, expanded soundtracks and extensive liner notes (printed on those mini-poster fold-out inserts).
The score is tender, haunting and (once you omit the brief snippets of dialogue) highly listenable. Definitely one of John Barry's best works, even beside such towering works as The Lion In Winter and Out of Africa.