Title - 'Wolf Hall' (OST)
Artist - Debbie Wiseman
BBC TV's Original Television Soundtrack for 'Wolf Hall' showcases composer Debbie Wiseman's talents quite like anything, I think, she has ever put her hand to before. Inclusive of stand out performances from The Locrian Ensemble of London, 'Wolf Hall' is set in England during the 1520's. It's actually a heartbeat from disaster, as those who have watched it already, can attest to.
Let me put it to you like this: If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impass steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer, and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
There you go, told you it was a right, Royal mess! But not, as you can already guess, the soundtrack score. Based on the Booker prize-winning novels of Hilary Mantel, it's all-star cast includes Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce. The six-part serial presented us the detailed account above where the orchestrations between Wiseman and The Locrian Ensemble of London bring the era vividly to life. Trust me, just watch 'Wolf Hall' (now out on DVD via PBS Home Video), close you eyes, and listen as the music takes over.
Wiseman has created a musical world inspired by the vitality and elegance of the novels, and the vivid screenplay by Peter Straughan. It's a huge work of musical art that was undertaken by the aforementioned Debbie Wiseman MBE, who is herself, one of Britain's most successful female music ambassadors as a composer, conductor and also a presenter.