Scarlet Letter

John Barry

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Scarlet Letter Review

by Jason Ankeny

Roland Joffé's much-maligned 1995 screen adaptation of the classic novel The Scarlet Letter was a disaster in virtually every facet of production -- after rejecting Elmer Bernstein's completed score, producers tapped Ennio Morriconeas his replacement , but when Morricone contributed a series of ill-fitting Mediterranean-flavored themes, yet another substitution proved necessary. Somewhat remarkably, the John Barry score that accompanied The Scarlet Letter in its theatrical release proved one of the final masterpieces of the composer's career -- a sweeping romantic tragedy rich in period detail and emotional intensity, it captures all the drama and gravitas to which the film so nakedly aspires. Written in an epic-scale orchestral mode recalling Barry's landmark Dances with Wolves, the music boasts a streak of malice and brutality heretofore absent from the composer's work -- tribal percussion further underscores the primal emotions at the heart of the book and the music. This is John Barry at his most visceral, and worth seeking out regardless of the film it accompanies.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 06:16 Amazon
2 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 01:05 Amazon
3 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
4 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:10 Amazon
5 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
6 John Barry feat: Robert Shaw 10:51 Amazon
7 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 01:04 Amazon
8 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 06:44 Amazon
9 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:06 Amazon
10 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:24 Amazon
11 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:05 Amazon
12 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:01 Amazon
13 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 03:24 Amazon
14 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 01:40 Amazon
15 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 01:50 Amazon
16 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:08 Amazon
17 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
18 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 01:50 Amazon
19 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 01:54 Amazon
20 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:16 Amazon
21 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
22 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
23 John Barry feat: English Chamber Orchestra 04:13 Amazon
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