This compilation CD, encompassing Trevor Jones' score from The Dark Crystal and Tony Banks' music for The Wicked Lady, is a very well-produced document of both bodies of music. Jones' work for The Dark Crystal is the more bold and daring of the two scores, and also takes up most of the CD, 13 of 21 tracks -- the composer's sources, at least for inspiration, would seem to be the works of Ravel and Debussy, but Jones does make more subtle use of the inspiration than, say, John Williams working in the same mode. Tony Banks seems to have reached back to the work of John Barry in the 1960s, and the latter's more expansive period scores, as well as to the music of Stravinsky, among others. The music for The Wicked Lady is more straightforward, and while it worked well within the context of the film itself, as freestanding music it seems rather dullish and predictable, apart from the rousing opening title music and the music associated with the Jerry Jackson character. The CD is well made and allows one to hear vivid orchestral textures throughout.
AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder