Title - 'Indian Summers' (Silva Screen Records)
Artist - Stephen Warbeck
Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama 'Indian Summers' tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience. It's the summer of 1932. India dreams of Independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla; a little England where every summer the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the summer months.
But at the heart of the story lie the implications and ramifications of the tangled web of passions, rivalries and clashes that define the lives of those brought together in this summer which will change everything.
Composer Stephen Warbeck is one of Britain's most successful composers in film and television, winning the Academy Award in 1999 for his exquisite score for 'Shakespeare In Love'. Over 1000 composer credits in 25 years cover a selection of major film and TV titles, including Prime Suspect, 'Billy Elliot', 'Captain Corelli's Madolin' and 'Charlotte Gray'.
Here on the sumptuous soundtrack to one of TV's hottest (all pun intended) new shows, which was actually filmed in Penang, Malaysia and not India, the always-loveable Julie Walters plays "Cynthia Coffin," the so-called leader of the pack of Ex-Pats. Actors and actresses like Jemima West and Henry Lloyd- Hughes help really carry the show, as well as Warbecks pitch perfect musical soundtrack, of course. For, without his artistic, cinematic sweeps, and slow-moving, creeping even soundscape moments to reinforce the feeling of humidity amongst the Himalayas, 'Indian Summers' would not be half as good as the combined effort it truly is.