Title - 'Bright Star' (Lakeshore Records)
Artist - Mark Bradshaw
From the very first track, 'Negative Capability,' you know this is not like any other soundtrack you've heard in a long time. For words are softly spoken, hushed tones are used alongside orchestrations, and they couple to sweep you along through the contours of the track.
Actress Abbie Cornish (as Fanny Brawne - love interest to a young John Keats) gently states: “I still don’t know how to work out a poem,” to which Ben Whishaw (as Keats) explains how reading a poem is like diving into a lake.
At its climax all manner of violins, viola, cello and keyboards are quietly brought together to suddenly come to the fore as one.
Indeed, composer Mark Bradshaw’s work on this entire album is highly impressive and, save for the spoken words each time, each mark an orchestral humbling for the piece in general. The fact that this is Bradshaw’s first feature-length composition is totally amazing to me!
With the entire album not pushing past 24 minutes in length, it contains just 9 tracks, many of which include the lead actors (Whishaw and Cornish) speaking dialogue from the film. That said, there is also a grand work from Mozart in the form of 'Serenade in Bb, K. 361' which has been reworked by Bradshaw into his own 'Human Orchestra.'