John Barry works some stringy magic

John Barry, a renowned musical master delivers a most sweepingly sentimental score to the 1995 IMAX film Across the Sea of Time, a visually impressive (so I’ve heard) love letter to New York City, past and present. At a time when Barry’s output had slowed to a trickle, this project was done by special request of his son. It’s clear that he put lots of care and attention to this music. Every note feels perfect. I haven’t seen the film and I’m not sure I’d ever want to, as it might ruin the majesty that is this suite. Barry’s themes are lush and full-bodied at a moderate subtle tempo that is simply mesmerizing. And his strings! John Barry can work the string section like no other.

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