ALEXANDRE DE­S­PLAT

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The Golden Com­pass Decca ★★★★★ If Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings are among the best work of com­posers John Wil­liams and Howard Shore, re­spec­tively, then ris­ing star Alexandre De­s­plat’s su­perb score for The Golden Com­pass prom­ises some­thing even more ex­tra­or­di­nary for the sec­ond and third in­stal­ments of the His Dark Ma­te­ri­als tril­ogy. Com­bin­ing bold in­stru­men­tal colours (singing bowls, gongs, man­dolin, elec­tric cello, tar­buka), bright chorales and dy­namic or­ches­tra­tion with el­e­gant themes and driv­ing polyrhythms, De­s­plat de­liv­ers a so­phis­ti­cated score, at once dra­matic, lyri­cal and mys­te­ri­ous. The haunt­ing re­straint of The Golden Com­pass theme is sig­na­ture De­s­plat. Re­call­ing ear­lier scores as di­verse as Birth, Syr­i­ana, The Painted Veil and L’En­nemi In­time, The Golden Com­pass is eas­ily one of De­s­plat’s – and the year’s – best. www.gold­en­com­pass­movie.com

JO­CE­LYN CLARKE Down­load tracks: The Golden Com­pass, Mrs Coul­ter, Rag­nar Sturlus­son

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