Sony Classical presents Love & Friendship
Sony Classical has proudly announced the release of Love & Friendship (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) available digitally May 6 and on CD, May 13. LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, writer-director Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, was the comedy hit of this year’s Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. The film arrived in theatres nationwide on May 13th 2016.
Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Austen tales, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter, Frederica, played by Morfydd Clark.
Chloë Sevigny, who starred with Beckinsale in Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998), plays Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia Johnson, with Stephen Fry as her husband, the "very Respectable" Mr. Johnson. The waters are troubled by the arrival at Churchill of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and silly but cheerful -- and very rich -- Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).
About the music, director Whit Stillman writes:
“The Love & Friendship soundtrack provided us with the opportunity to use the music we love to enhance Jane Austen’s delightful story. Obscure as well as better known works by Handel, Purcell, Charpentier, Mozart, Vivaldi & other composers of the Pantheon are joined by less frequently recorded composers such as Frémart, Boyce, Jadin, and Vogel. All the music was recorded under the direction of Mark Suozzo.
Mark has had the key role in the music for all our films since 1989 when (for Metropolitan) he arranged a two-handed piano version of Bedrich Smetana’s Die Moldau, each hand recorded separately, among other feats. Our second collaboration (Barcelona) reflected our enthusiasm for Baroque music, which finds fuller expression in this soundtrack. Jane Austen’s story of Lady Susan Vernon & her amours was written in the 1790s but music from an earlier period seemed better to reflect the spirit of the piece.
Paris-based composer Benjamin Esdraffo wrote key additional tracks, including the opening titles’ harp theme. Period music expert Etienne Jardin greatly aided the musical research while film editor Sophie Corra helped select the music which best met the film’s dramatic needs. In late August 2015 Mark, associate musical director Tomas Peire Serrate and the London-based mixer Steven McLaughlin convened at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin where Mark conducted the Irish Film Orchestra in this all-original recording.”
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