Henry Mancini

The Thorn Birds [Original TV Soundtrack]

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For reasons unknown, it took over two decades for Henry Mancini's score for the smash 1983 television miniseries The Thorn Birds to earn an official soundtrack release, but Varèse Sarabande's lavish two-disc release proves worth the wait. Nor has time dimmed The Thorn Birds' power -- this deeply romantic, intimate score remains one of Mancini's most stirring, rivaling the composer's most legendary big-screen efforts. Mancini eschews epic drama in favor of smaller-scale nuance, evoking the doomed romance of novelist Colleen McCullough's tale in finely honed strokes. The music is elegant yet understated, rich in variety but amounting to something far greater than the sum of its disparate elements.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Thorn Birds, television score
1 1:21 Amazon
2 2:12 Amazon
3 2:28 Amazon
4 1:52 Amazon
5 1:22 Amazon
6 3:23 Amazon
7 2:29 Amazon
8 1:39 Amazon
9 1:56 Amazon
10 3:10 Amazon
11 3:30 Amazon
12 1:43 Amazon
13 2:46 Amazon
14 2:17 Amazon
15 1:10 Amazon
16 2:06 Amazon
17 1:30 Amazon
18 1:34 Amazon
19 1:45 Amazon
20 2:53 Amazon
21 5:06 Amazon
22 5:12 Amazon
23 3:37 Amazon
24 0:44 Amazon
25 2:28 Amazon
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