New Releases: Downton Abbey Soundtrack; Lisiecki's Beethoven Complete Piano Conertos

16 September 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 16 September 2019, 13:52

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Classic FM's Album of the Week and Drive Discovery . Picture: Decca / Deutsche Grammophon

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John Suchet's Album of the Week. Picture: Classic FM

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Downton Abbey Soundtrack
Downton Abbey Soundtrack. Picture: Decca

Downton Abbey Soundtrack - John Lunn


The soundtrack to the new feature film Downton Abbey, scored by Scottish composer John Lunn, is composed in a similar style to the two-time Emmy Award-winning music from the television series.

Lunn has composed all of the music for the television series since it began in 2010.

“I was delighted to be approached to create the feature length film score to a series which has had a huge impact on audiences and fans all over the world,” said Lunn.

“At first it was like discovering a long-lost friend, but gradually I realised that we’d never really been apart; by the end it was just such a joy to revisit this material and have the opportunity to take it to a whole new level.”

John Brunning's Drive Discovery Classic FM
John Brunning's Drive Discovery. Picture: Classic FM

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Lisiecki - Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos
Lisiecki - Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos. Picture: Deutsche Grammophon

Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos - Jan Lisiecki

Deutsche Grammophon

After the success of his album Mendelssohn, Jan Lisiecki dedicates his next album to the five piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven.

“The recording is entirely live, we could only record the rehearsal and the concert; no touch-up sessions were available,” said Lisiecki. “The final result, I hope, is a reflection of a very successful and dynamic live cycle of these concertos.”

The album includes the concerto the young pianist made his Carnegie Hall debut with – together with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.