Silva Screen Records to release A Poet In New York
Composer Debbie Wiseman’s haunting score to director Aisling Walsh’s challenging film, A Poet In New York, depicting the last few days of Dylan Thomas’s life in New York.
2014 is the centenary of the birth of the celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. In 1953, Dylan Thomas went to New York for the last time, his marriage a wreck, his drinking out of control. He was on his way to meet Stravinsky and to wallow in New York acclaim. This BBC production, set in New York and Laugharne and starring Tom Hollander (Rev, Any Human Heart) tells the story of the last days of a great poet.
Griff Rhys Jones, Executive Producer comments: “The themes of love and loss, of degradation and excitement were carried through the film by Debbie Wiseman’s wonderful music. This is what you can hear on these recordings. A delicate response to the poetry, an evocation of the sheer lyrical force of Dylan’s love of green Welsh landscape and a sense of the mounting driven, febrile excitement of urban New York in 1953.”
Aisling Walsh, Director says: "Debbie found a rather special voice. Her score is lyrical. It is perfectly engaging emotionally and it echoes the character of Dylan Thomas and his poetry beautifully"
Debbie Wiseman is one of the UK's most prolific composers with over 200 credits for film and TV. Her work includes feature films Tom & Viv, Wilde, Tom's Midnight Garden, Arsene Lupin and Flood. For TV, Judge John Deed, Father Brown, WPC56 and the soundtrack to Britain on Sunday mornings, The Andrew Marr Show. Awarded an MBE in 2004 she is also an acclaimed conductor and takes up the baton on this release with the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Music Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conducted by Debbie Wiseman.
*This release also features Tom Hollander performing extracts from the Dylan Thomas poems “Fern Hill” and “Do not go gentle into that good night”.
Available from Amazon UK and Silva Screen Records.