Musical Score By: John Lunn

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Set in the 1950s, the detective drama Grantchester style= stars James Norton style= as Sydney Chambers an Angelican priest style= and former Scots Guard style= officer who forms an unlikely partnership with Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green style=), an overworked World War II style= veteran with a grumpy demeanor.  The series is based on James Runcie's style= The Grantchester Mystery style= books.

            The musical score of Grantchester was created by Scottish composer John Lunn style=, a classically trained composer who tends to lean more toward the contemporary when creating music for television and film.  Some of Lunn's works include the musical scores for Electricity, Downton Abbey style=, The Passing Bells style=, The White Queen and The Lady Vanishes style=.

            The Grantchester Soundtrack style= actually contains musical score by John Lunn and period music performed by Gloria Dee and her Quartet style=, but I received only selections composed by John Lunn.  Mainly strings and piano, the score begin with a lighthearted air and often times features excerpts of Sydney's sermons, which I find to be excellent.  There is a distinct change in the score in Sweet William style=, which begins with fast paced strings and a sense of urgency followed by darker music featuring clarinets and electronic sound.  The Human Heart style= and The Letter style= are darker still, but The Shadow of Death style= and The Truth of It style=, both containing excerpts of Sydney's sermons, have a lighter air as if offering some light at the end of the tunnel. 

            I found the John Lunn score of Grantchester to be quite enjoyable, so much so that I listened to the eleven track soundtrack excerpt twice in one sitting.  The score is enjoyable enough to make for an excellent stand alone album, but when you consider the songs that also appear on the album (Frankie & Johnny style=, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen style=, There'll Be A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight style= and more), the Grantchester Soundtrack makes for an excellent musical experience that any music aficionado will enjoy.


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