Very relaxing, Mozartean...
S. Bernard | Mesa, AZ | 09/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Patrick Doyle's music is very lovely, relaxing and almost Mozartean in style.
Every selection on here is lovely, but the only reason this didn't get 5 stars, is my disappointment that it isn't exactly what was in the movie.
I sing opera, but I must say that Jane Eaglen's singing of the 2 songs, "The Dreame" and "Weep no more" are too affected sounding. And so heavy!! I wouldn't have picked a voice of her type for this kind of music (it's more like Kathleen Battle should've sung them!). I know it may sound silly, especially being a trained singer, but I would've preferred and expected to hear Kate Winslet's version that appeared in the movie. I thought her voice sounded like the sweet youthful voice of love and despite any imperfections, would've liked to have her version included here. My point being, if it's the movie soundtrack, why weren't the selections from the movie on this CD? They try to polish it up & make it more slick for publication & I'd rather hear the music the way it appeared in the movie...that's why I wanted the SOUNDTRACK! Because the music in the movie made me want to buy it.
Also I would've liked just the simple piano version of "My Father's Favorite" that appeared in the movie- no orchestra, just the sweet sound of the piano.
But don't let my rantings keep you from purchasing this. It is lovely to listen to, quite evocative and well worth getting. My objections are minor compared to the joy I've experienced listening to this CD.
Beautiful music by Patrick Doyle- sincerely, I think his music has genius and is above all, lovely!!!"
Wonderful, but I agree with all the other reviewers
G. Sawaged | Canada | 01/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I hope that soundtrack album producers will take note from all of us reviewers here, that when we buy a soundtrack, we are buying the music from the movie that we enjoyed so much. Jane Eaglen does, yes, have a beautiful operatic voice, but Marianne, in the movie, is not an opera singer and the style does not fit her character. It would have been perfect to have both, Kate Winslett's for the proper soundtrack, and Jane Eaglen's versions as alternate versions at the end. Then everybody would be happy. But, even though I was a bit disappointed in that fact, I still do love this album, and listen to it a lot. It is beautiful. And the booklet features an essay about the film, a paragraph about Jane Eaglen, photos from the movie, the lyrics from the two songs, and a short excerpt from Jane Austen's novel."