CD tip: "Darkest Hour" soundtrack

I once suggested to The Day's great (and sadly retired) classical music writer Milton Moore that film soundtracks are the new classical music. He laughed and kicked me repeatedly. Well, hell, I dunno: those Schnittke and Scriabbin people make me think too much. Anyway, though I haven't seen the film yet — another indication of my innate Luddite-ness — I'm really enjoying the soundtrack to "Darkest Hour." Whether stripped down piano and woodwinds or full orchestra, the whole album is melancholy, pensive, tense, inspiring and always moving. I'll put it this way, by the time I hit the "We Shall Fight" final cue, I was ready to trade my kingdom for a horse! Or something war-like and Britishy.

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