Carter Burwell's Mr. Holmes
Lakeshore Records presents Mr. Holmes.
Featuring the original score by Carter Burwell.
Lakeshore Records has released the Mr. Holmes – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on July 24 and will release the CD August 28, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by Carter Burwell (TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAK DAWN PART 1 & 2, THE BIG LEBOWSKI).
“I don't always do this, but in this case I started with the opening titles of the film,” Burwell stated. “It painted the picture of the aging Holmes and also set the film in motion.”
MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it's too late.
In keeping with the theme of losing grip on reality, Burwell used various instruments to further that point. “The glass armonica is a story element. It's a fascinating instrument, made of glass, rumored to drive those who play it mad” and this theme carried throughout.
Listeners will also notice the emotional themes that follow throughout the score. Burwell said himself the recurring themes “Intertwine, as though getting tangled in Holmes' mind. One is about a case and love that haunts him. Another is about the tension between the fictional Holmes and the real one.”
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