The music for Walking with Dinosaurs was one of the
most stirring works to be heard on terrestrial television.
And Benjamin Bartlett quiet deservedly won a BAFTA for his
with Beasts sees Ben (as he now likes to be called) champion
once again with a truly wonderful soundtrack. Borrowing cues
from some of the all time great composers (check out Gentle
Giant and you will be reminded of some of Bernard Herrmann's
excellent work for Hitchcock). His music is stirring and he
could easily be described as a 21st century Elgar.
and this is a huge disservice to Bartlett, whoever compiled
this CD made a hash job of it. Only half of the tracks are
from Walking with Beasts. The other half are taken
up by tracks from the Ballad of Big Al and Walking
with Dinosaurs. While the Ballad of Big Al tracks
are welcomed the Walking with Dinosaurs tracks are
remixed (and joined together) tracks from the original CD.
Surely anyone that was that bothered about the soundtrack
to Walking with Dinosaurs would already possess it
- I do.
not as though there were no other tracks that could have been
used. For a start there was a particularly moving track that
accompanied the fourth episode in the series - why was this
this had been put together properly it would have been one
of the greatest soundtracks available - an easy 10/10! However
as there is so much missing it will be a large disappointment
to fans of the series.
is a genius and it is a shame to see his work treated this
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