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Frozen Planet (Soundtrack to the BBC Earth Series)


Composer: George Fenton
Performed by: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Silva Screen Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 18 March 2013

In the past two decades George Fenton's work with the BBC Wildlife Unit has seen enduring scores for acclaimed hit worldwide series such as The Trials of Life, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth which have been performed in concert by many of the world's leading orchestras. Frozen Planet, originally shown in 2011, continues to underline his remarkable skills of matching the movement of the natural world to music...

George Fenton's score for the BBC's Frozen Planet delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this accomplished composer. Over the soundtrack's 32 tracks (1 hr, 14 min, 59 sec) there are so many intricate and interesting themes, that it's an album you can listen to time and again and always find something of merit.

Because of the nature of shows like Frozen Planet, where the story is constantly moving on to another aspect of the real world, there's no room for revisiting a theme. Whereas some composers for film and TV use a main theme and then vary it throughout the score, Fenton is unable to pad his music out in this way. The end result is a score which varies dramatically from track to track.

Personal highlights for me included 'Frozen Planet Opening Titles'; 'Flying South'; 'Returning Seabirds / Albatross Love'; 'Emperors Return'; and 'Scott's Legacy'.

If you enjoyed the series then you'll need no prompting to buy this incredible collection of beautiful themes.


Darren Rea

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