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 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Thorn Birds, television score
1 04:18 Amazon
2
Go!
01:16 Amazon
3 01:37 Amazon
4 01:31 Amazon
5 02:24 Amazon
6 01:29 Amazon
7 02:46 Amazon
8 03:22 Amazon
9 02:16 Amazon
10 01:33 Amazon
11 03:04 Amazon
12 02:06 Amazon
13 01:53 Amazon
14 02:35 Amazon
15 02:43 Amazon
16 03:07 Amazon
17 02:40 Amazon
18 04:03 Amazon
19 04:18 Amazon
20 02:33 Amazon
21 02:18 Amazon
22 02:03 Amazon
23 00:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Thorn Birds, television score
1 01:21 Amazon
2 02:12 Amazon
3 02:28 Amazon
4 01:52 Amazon
5 01:22 Amazon
6 03:23 Amazon
7 02:29 Amazon
8 01:39 Amazon
9 01:56 Amazon
10 03:10 Amazon
11 03:30 Amazon
12 01:43 Amazon
13 02:46 Amazon
14 02:17 Amazon
15 01:10 Amazon
16 02:06 Amazon
17 01:30 Amazon
18 01:34 Amazon
19 01:45 Amazon
20 02:53 Amazon
21 05:06 Amazon
22 05:12 Amazon
23 03:37 Amazon
24 00:44 Amazon
25 02:28 Amazon
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