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Mark Suozzo: Love & Friendship [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Track List

>Love & Friendship Harp Theme - (with Dianne Marshall)
>Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Symphony No. 6 in F Major: Largo - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Arietta - (with William Butt/Archie Chen/Dianne Marshall/Paul Woodiel)
>Mass for Mr. Mauroy: Agnus Dei, The - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Cessate, Omai Cessate (RV 684): Ah, Ch'infelice Sempre - (with Mark Suozzo/Chloe Martin/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Medley of Marches: Ballet March from Adromaque Act 1, A (Grétry)/March from Renaud Act 1 (Sacchini)/Marche lugubre (Gossec) - (with Mark Suozz
>String Quartet, Op. 1/1: Largo - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Excerpt - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major: Adagio - (with William Butt/Archie Chen)
>Rodelinda: Ombre Piante, Urne Funeste - (with Mark Suozzo/Chloe Martin/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Symphony in C Major for Wind Orchestra - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Allegro for Strings and Piano - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Tamerlano: Cor di Padre - (with Mark Suozzo/Chloe Martin/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Toison D'Or, La - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Sir Roger de Coverly - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Scipione: Act 1: March - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Amadis de Gaule: Ballet-March - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Prélude - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Stabat Mater, (RV621): Eja mater, fons amoris - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Cello Concerto in C Major (RV402): Allegro - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Idomeneo: March - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Così Fan Tutte: Soave Sia Il Vento - (with Paul McGough/Chloe Martin/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Wedding March - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Love Will Find Out the Way - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)
>Chaconne: La Sonning
>Prélude (Reprise) - (with Mark Suozzo/The Irish Film Orchestra)

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Steve McLaughlin.

Liner Note Author: Whit Stillman.

Recording information: Ted Spencer Recording, New York City (08/27/2015-08/30/2015); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (08/27/2015-08/30/2015); Ted Spencer Recording, New York City (08/27/2015/08/28/2015); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (08/27/2015/08/28/2015); Ted Spencer Recording, New York City (08/28/2015); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (08/28/2015); Ted Spencer Recording, New York City (08/30/2015); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (08/30/2015); Ted Spencer Recording, New York City (2015-08-27&2015-08-28&2015-); Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin (2015-08-27&2015-08-28&2015-).

The soundtrack to Love & Friendship, filmmaker Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's early short novel Lady Susan, is not original, but is mostly adapted from a variety of existing pieces. The soundtrack, in short cuts, effectively captures the quick rhythms of Stillman's film and for that reason will likely satisfy fans of the film. But most of them are anachronistic to the Regency period in which Austen lived and which is depicted in the novel and film. Stillman was not after historical accuracy (indeed, he used not the title Lady Susan, which in any event was not Austen's own, but that of a different piece of writing by the young Austen). Still, it is worth asking why you hear mostly Handel and Vivaldi and even Purcell rather than Mozart and Beethoven (who are briefly included) or Haydn or even Arne (neither of whom appears). Possibly, even in a reading of Austen that's as lively and filled with contemporary currents as Stillman's is, the music of the Baroque connotes seriousness in a way that the Rococo and Classical styles do not. Possibly it has to do with the structure of the soundtrack: music appears at moments of entrance and ceremony for which something like William Boyce's Largo from the Symphony No. 6 in F (sample track three) fits best. Whatever the case, the playing of the little-known Irish Film Orchestra under Mark Suozzo is attractive, and the soundtrack has found unusual commercial success in Stillman's native U.S. Enjoyable even as one chews on the issues involved. ~ James Manheim



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