Released by Intrada

Mary, Queen of Scots

Liner Notes

John Barry’s 1971 score was Oscar-nominated (and one of only two that actually lost; he won for Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves) and deservedly so. It’s truly beautiful, and quite different than his other historical-drama scores of the period (The Lion in Winter, The Last Valley) in its more straightforwardly romantic approach. This is, unfortunately, a CD version of the original 28-minute LP, but that’s all that was available. Still, a wonderful opportunity for me to interview Barry, director Charles Jarrott, and to unearth the English translation of the “Vivre et Mourir” lyrics that the composer discovered during his own research.