I bet it turns out he was a wizard the whole time.
I know, I know... It is probably in 6/8, but this was just easier when notating measure three. Please send complaints to: email@example.com.
What You Will Hear: Featured clarinet, oboe, harp, or shakuhachi with a chamber orchestra. Oh, and glass harmonica! There is not one bombastic moment on this album. Every track easily rolls into the next.
Standout Tracks: Gold Star Score! Every track is worth your time!
Will You Be Humming Along? Yes. The main theme instantly took up residence in my ear.
The score this makes me want to dust off: Downton Abbey – John Lunn
Will I come back to it? Yes. Burwell has created a soundscape that wonderfully captures the character’s personality, but doesn’t let us forget that this Sherlock is in his later years. There is a liveliness constantly mixed with a sort of melancholy feeling. The Japanese flute is a nice change of pace throughout, and does not ever sound out of place. The big plus for this score is that Burwell stays consistent. Some might say there isn’t enough going on, but I was completely enthralled by the simple approach, and thrilled that Burwell stayed the course. Besides a few stylistic variances, this entire score could easily be confused for a Largo movement in a symphony. Even the tempo barely shifts throughout. There are no surprises, and I wouldn’t want any. It is soothing and beautiful in a variety of colors and moods. Mr. Holmes is a beautiful score that doesn't ask much of the listener, but instead takes you on a calm and beautiful journey.