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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Mellowdrama: 'Enduring Love'

From Mellowdrama Records, the fine folks who brought you Roque Banos' sensational score for The Machinist...
Mellowdrama Records will release the Ivor Novello Award-winning soundtrack to Enduring Love in March 2006, with music composed by Jeremy Sams.

Sams' intelligent scoring for this adeptly-weaved thriller is furnished with a musical dynamism that favours intensity and heart-racing agitation. Expertly coloured throughout with virtuosic part-writing and jagged performance directions, the music is lent a false sense of intimacy that charges the furioso settings of the composer's character studies.

Enduring Love was the deserved winner of the Ivor Novello Award for 'Best Original Film Score' in 2004 and reunited Sams with his long-time collaborator, the director Roger Michell. The pair had previously worked together on The Mother (2003) and the television adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion, a BBC Films co-production for which Sams received a BAFTA® Award. As an established director Michell is well-known to mainstream cinema audiences for subtle road-rage drama Changing Lanes and the romantic comedy Notting Hill.

Based upon a novel by celebrated British writer Ian McEwan, himself no stranger to international accolades, Joe Penhall's screenplay examines the impact of a fatal circumstance. A ballooning tragedy witnessed not only by Joe Rose (Daniel Craig, who also appears in Michell's The Mother) and his partner Claire (Samantha Morton), but also by Jed Parry (Rhys Ifans): a stranger who, in the moment, develops an uncontrollable and malevolent obssession with Joe.

As one of England's leading musical dramatists, Sams has further crafted a laudable reputation in the theatre. As a director, lyricist, and translator of opera libretti he has received great acclaim. In 2000 he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award as 'Best Director' and, in 2003, he received two Tony Award nominations for his English adaptation of the musical Amour from its French language origins. His reworking of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang into a stage musical based-upon Ken Hughes 1968 children's film, itself an adaptation of a novel by spy fiction author Ian Fleming, has become a worldwide success since its debut in London's West End in 2003.

With a captivating performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the forthcoming album will also feature extensive liner notes and lavish artwork.

As the film's tag-line suggests, “Some people never let go', and so we believe that listeners to Jeremy Sams' sublime musical effort might not too.
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