Album Remarks & Appraisals:
As the third scenes of Britain's favorite television drama approaches, Decca Records is proud to announce the release of Downtown Abbey - The Essential Collection, containing the original music from the multi-award winning television produced by Carnival Films for PBS.
Renowned British composer John Lunn is the man behind the magic. His original music conjures up the perfect atmosphere for the happenings of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as their lives unfold at Downton Abbey. With his gift for delicate orchestration, Lunn possesses a wonderfully unique voice that commands the full range of musical style.
Contemporary in attitude but classically trained, his sensitive approach creates a musical ambiance that unerringly evokes the emotional core of the Downton drama. Lunn is regarded by the production team and cast members alike as "the unsung hero of Downton" and has recently received an Emmy nomination for his evocative score.
The Essential Collection features an irresistible vocal recording of new track: "I'll Count The Days" which is sung by Rebecca Ferguson with lyrics written especially for her by renowned lyricist, Don Black. This track is the backdrop to the love story between leading characters Matthew and Mary.
As well as the original orchestral version of the Downton theme tune, the Essential Collection includes an evocative recording from the Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Their covers of "Every Breath You Take" and "With Or Without You" were used in the official promotional ITV trailers for series one and two respectively.
Over the course of the past two series, over ten million viewers have regularly tuned in to the critically acclaimed drama, sharing the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, portrayed so memorably by Dame Maggic Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and the whole cast. But the majestic Downton Abbey atmosphere has a powerful magic which, with Decca's Downton Abbey - The Essential Collection, can be recreated time and time again.
Audio Mixer: Paul Golding.
Editor: Paul Golding.
Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection was released to coincide with the launch of the incredibly popular British period drama's third season. Like its 2011 predecessor, the collection relies almost solely on composer John Lunn's evocative score, which has become as synonymous with the series as the lavish costumes and immaculately detailed finery. The soundtrack features instrumental and vocal versions of the instantly familiar title sequence, the latter of which is performed by Mary Jess Leaverland; incidental music, a new vocal track, "I'll Count the Days," from Rebecca Ferguson with lyrics by Don Black, and covers of "Every Breath You Take" and "With or Without You," from the Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Unlike the period outfits, this very thorough and expertly sequenced Essential Collection, leaves little to the imagination. ~ James Christopher Monger