Summer In February

Feb. 24, 2014

As we approach a the Academy Awards on March 2nd, consider the great music that supports the beauty and power we see on the Silver Screen.  This film score for the film Summer in February is by award-winning composer and conductor Benjamin Wallfisch and features pianist Yuja Wang. 

Dominic Cooper stars as the anti-Mondernist artist  AJ (Sir Alfred) Munnings, caught in a love triangle with Emily Browning as Florence Carter-Wood and Dan Stevens--of Downton Abbey fame--as Gilbert Evans. The film is based on Jonathan Smith's novel about love and loss among a bohemian colony of artists which flourished in the wild coastal region of Cornwall before the First World War.

In 2013, composer and conductor of the film's original score, Benjamin Wallfisch, was nominated alongside John Williams and Ennio Morricone by the International Film Music Critics Association Award for 'Best Score - Drama'. Here is a behind-the-scenes take on the vision Wallfisch had for giving the characters uniques voices through color, as well as a performance of the theme Lamorma, for the Cornwall countryside, which stands out in the film as its own character. 

alt title Pianist Yuja Wang is the featured artist on the film's soundtrack. Still shy of her 30th birthday, she is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation. Trained in Beijing, Wang moved to the U.S. in 2008 to continue her training and took the country's most notable stages by storm. She is lauded for her control and praised for mastering the most complex technical demands of the repertoire. Her stage presence is beautiful, and she has worked with many esteemed conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, Manfred Honeck, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, and more.

On Saturday, Mar. 29, and Monday, Apr. 7 Wang joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Andrew Davis conducts the Symphony No. 6 by Vaughan Williams and Capriccio espagnol by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. » Get BSO concert information. 

See Wang at the keyboard in the PBS video below, an interview for the TV show Sound Tracks, hosted by PRI The World's Marco Werman.

Watch Quick Hits: Interview with Pianist Yuja Wang on PBS. See more from Sound Tracks. 

To purchase the CD soundtrack of Summer in February, visit Amazon.


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