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Pride and Prejudice: The Original Soundtrack from the A&E Special Presentation [Soundtrack]

Carl Davis , Melvyn Tan , Nicholas Bucknall , Jonathan Barritt , Timothy Brown , Levine Andrade , Nicolas Busch , Joseph Frohlich , Martin Gatt , Rusen Gunes , Michael Harris , Keith Harvey , David Juritz , Peter Lale , Pauline Lowbury Audio CD
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  • Performer: Carl Davis, Melvyn Tan, Nicholas Bucknall, Jonathan Barritt, Timothy Brown, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 21, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000002SJ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

1. Pride And Prejudice: Pride and Prejudice (Opening title music)
2. Pride And Prejudice: Dance Montage
3. Pride And Prejudice: Elizabeth Observed
4. Pride And Prejudice: Piano Summary (Episode one)
5. Pride And Prejudice: Canon Collins
6. Pride And Prejudice: Piano Summary (Episode two)
7. Pride And Prejudice: The Gardiners
8. Pride And Prejudice: Winter Into Spring
9. Pride And Prejudice: Parting
10. Pride And Prejudice: Rosings
11. Pride And Prejudice: Piano Summary (Episode three)
12. Pride And Prejudice: Telling The Truth
13. Pride And Prejudice: Farewell to the Regiment
14. Pride And Prejudice: Pemberley
15. Pride And Prejudice: Darcy Returns
16. Pride And Prejudice: Piano Summary (Episode four)
17. Pride And Prejudice: Thinking about Lizzy
18. Pride And Prejudice: Lydia's Elopement
19. Pride And Prejudice: Piano Summary (Episode five)
20. Pride And Prejudice: Lydia's Wedding
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Original soundtrack to the BBC/A&E television series presentation. The soundtrack was composed and conducted by Carl Davis. From the delightful opening theme to the finale, every note of the score seems to fit Jane Austen's wonderful story perfectly. The orchestration is superb and the recording itself is outstanding.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only very slightly disappointing! - Feeling incomplete... February 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had hoped when I bought this soundtrack that I would hear all the wonderful songs played in the film. I eagerly opened it and listened through and heard... mostly repetition!
The chapter summaries included bits of some dance songs, like transposed snippets of Mr Beveridge's Maggot for piano, but there was not one complete song to be had, and I was disappointed.
Don't get me wrong! I love the sparkling, quick-paced Pride and Prejudice theme! But I thought it would have been nice to have included the songs played and sung in the film - maybe more professionally than some of the characters, say, Mary, had performed, but having it on the soundtrack, even if only orchestrally, would have been nice.
Where was the first dance song at the Red Lion on this soundtrack? I loved those country dances! Where was Lizzy's pianoforte performance of Mozart's aria "Voi Che Sapete"? Where was Georgiana's performance of Beethoven's charming "Andante Favori"?
It would have made the soundtrack so much richer and more complete if only they had included these songs!
As it is, this soundtrack absolutely sparkles, especially with Melvin Tan's fabulous performance at the pianoforte. The use of a pianoforte is a detail that I highly praise. I am a big "period instrument" enthusiast and love that Carl Davis chose to use the proper piano appropriate to the era. His music is lively, playful, dark at times, but never despairs, and is all around excellent. We get all the character themes nicely displayed in this soundtrack, so we do not miss out of that, at least.
An extremely fine score, but a somewhat lacking, though enjoyable, CD.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare case of the soundtrack fitting the story June 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have owned a copy of this soundtrack for some time now, and have listened to it countless times. From the delightful opening theme to the finale, every note of the score seems to fit Jane Austen's wonderful story perfectly. The orchestration is superb and the recording itself is outstanding. My favorite sections include the "Canon Collins," which has that wonderful bassoon obbligato, befitting of the bumbling Mr. Collins. And who can help visualizing Lady Catherine de Bourgh upon hearing the "Rosings" theme? An added bonus is experiencing the wonderful musicianship of pianist Melvyn Tan. As far as soundtracks go, this is one of the best!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, bland P&P music May 20, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With all the great dance music in the BBC's fabulous production of P&P, you'd think this would be a great CD. Unfortunately, and suprisingly, none of the dance music is included! Instead, the entire CD is the background music used throughout the series which, after a very little while, all sounds pretty much the same. This is very tame, fairly bland fare -- may be OK as background music for a tea party, but otherwise not worth the effort, or price.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful accompanying piece to the wonderful series, "Pride & Prejudice," from A& definitely evokes the same feelings & emotions that were engendered when watching the film, which is an absolute must for any quality soundtrack score: that it must strongly bring to mind what is happening on screen at the time! This one does that.

My only suggestions for improvement on this soundtrack would be to include the complete "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot" (the song that Darcy & Lizzie dance to), as well as other missing music from the film (I know, I know: they can't feasibly include it all)...but I do miss the lovely song that Lizzie sings "to" Darcy...aaahhh! It can be a bit repetitive, as some songs strike very closely to the same feel as others, but if you love the music from the series as much as I do, you don't mind!

All in all, I must say that this is a beautiful soundtrack for anyone who enjoyed the movie, "Pride & Prejudice"...highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music but missing a few treasures July 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although the score for Pride and Prejudice was fantastic, there were even more songs that I wish had been included on this disc"

My favorite part was Lizzy playing the piano at Pemberly: Voi Che Sapete from the Marriage of Figaro. I also loved the Netherfield Ball dances with Mr. collins and Mr. Darcy: The Shrewsbury Lasses and Mr. Beveridge's Maggot. (these are very difficult to find anwhere and I especially loved the arrangement in the movie. I would have loved to have a recording of these). Grimstock played by Mary at the Phillips Christmas Party is also a favorite. Also, Andante Favore by Beethoven played by Georgiana at Pemberly. Fortunatly, these are easily found on popular online music sites.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully composed music but very similar August 24, 2002
By Lindsay
Format:Audio CD
When watching the movie, the music sets the mood perfectly, the piano is excellent in both the movie and the cd. What I found though, if you listen to the cd, many songs sound the same, well renditions of one of the main themes. I was disappointed with the piano summarys, because it cut out most of the songs for that portion of the movie--such as piano summary for chapter 3, where Darcy and Eliza danced, there is about a 10 second "summary" of it and only with piano, though it was so beautifully done in the movie. The music is perfect though for when you don't have the movie and crave to see it, you can recall many scenes from the cd, and it is nice to listen to when doing something else.
Be careful when buying it, because it is an import and costs more, though it is a really nice cd, it can get extremely repetitive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars found at last
After looking at different stores for a few years, I finally found the soundtrack on Amazon. This is the best music for relaxing, studying, or reading while waiting for Mr. Darcy.
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Heiser
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!!!
Who doesn't love this soundtrack??? I loved the book the movie and the music!!! No other P & P version will do, this one is THE BEST!!!
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Each time I listen to this CD, it takes me back to the movie! And I have to watch it again!
Published 1 month ago by Linda M. Lepage
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this soundtrack
This is one of my favorite movies and I put off for years in purchasing the soundtrack, why I don't know. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Joy
A birthday gift that is enjoyed by our Mum. It has been played for her several times since her birthday.
Published 4 months ago by Alan Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as the movie
My girls, ages 25, 12 and 9, love this version of Pride and Prejudice, so we thought to try the music. It is just exactly what is in the movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. R. Cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
P & P being one of my favorite movies, I am excited to have the soundtrack now. It is the official soundtrack unlike lots of the knockoffs out there. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amy Rideout
5.0 out of 5 stars If Jane Austen were alive today . . .
The TV series featuring Colin Firth and Jane Eyre in "Pride and Prejudice" is undoubtedly what Jane Austen would have produced, were she alive today. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars took a while to find
My wife and I love the full 5 hour movie, and I searched for quite a while to find the sound track. We both love the soundtrack and are only saddened that some of songs sang in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joseph S. Wulf
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Adore Carl Davis' sound track and Melvyn Tan's pianoforte.. and if you loved the BBC production you can see it over and over through this music.
Published 12 months ago by Joyce M. Gell
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