Sony Classical has announced the release of Poldark – music from the hit BBC period drama show. With original score by Anne Dudley, the soundtrack album will be available on June 9. The series will begin airing nationally on PBS starting on June 21.
With weekly viewing figures approaching 9 million, Poldark is the hottest new drama series on British TV. Based on the novels by Winston Graham and adapted by Debbie Horsfield, Poldark is set in the late 18th century. Lead character, Ross Poldark – played by Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) – returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall, having spent three years in the army to avoid charges of smuggling, leaving behind his sweetheart Elizabeth. Alas, he finds his world in ruins with his father dead, his house wrecked and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. How will he move on from this destruction?
Anne Dudley’s haunting and evocative score for Poldark underpins the dramatic sweep of this epic tale and her unforgettable music has been a key ingredient in the show’s runaway success. “This adaptation of Poldark appealed to me immediately,” says Dudley. “I wanted to create a character to the music which was distinctive. The music in Poldark plays two roles – the general and the specific. Music helped underline the connectivity of the scenes and plot lines. There are also many shots of Cornwall itself – its weather and its landscape have a huge part to play in the drama. This gave me an opportunity for thematic material reflecting these elements and hopefully adding a further layer of drama.”
Anne Dudley is a composer, arranger and producer as well as being renowned as a multi-talented, critically acclaimed, versatile musician. Acclaimed for her music in the classical arena, Dudley has also enjoyed huge success for her work with leading entertainers such as Robbie Williams and Bill Bailey. An Oscar, Grammy and Brit Award winner, she has composed music for more than forty films including The Crying Game, American History X, Bright Young Things, and served as music producer for the Academy Award-winning film, Les Misérables.