As the third series of Britains favorite television drama approaches, Decca Records is proud to announce the release of Downton Abbey The Essential Collection, containing the original music from the multi-award winning television series produced by Carnival Films for ITV.
Renowned British composer John Lunn is the man behind the magic. His original music conjures up the perfect atmosphere for the happenings of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as their lives unfold at Downton Abbey. With his gift for delicate orchestration, Lunn possesses a wonderfully unique voice that commands the full range of musical style.
Contemporary in attitude but classically trained, his sensitive approach creates a musical ambiance that unerringly evokes the emotional core of the Downton drama. Lunn is regarded by the production team and cast members alike as the unsung hero of Downton and has recently received an Emmy nomination for his evocative score.
The Essential Collection features an irresistible vocal recording of new track: I ll Count The Days which is sung by Rebecca Ferguson with lyrics written especially for her by renowned lyricist, Don Black. This track is the backdrop to the love story between leading characters Matthew and Mary.
As well as the original orchestral version of the Downton theme tune, the Essential Collection includes an evocative recording from the Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Their covers of Every Breath You Take and With Or Without You were used in the official promotional ITV trailers for series one and two respectively.
Over the course of the past two series, over ten million viewers have regularly tuned in to the critically acclaimed drama, sharing the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, portrayed so memorably by Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and the whole cast. But the majestic Downton Abbey atmosphere has a powerful magic which, with Deccas Downton Abbey The Essential Collection, can be recreated time and time again.