George Fenton – Frozen Planet

Album Reviews | By on Apr 8th, 2013

Record Label: Silva Screen Records
Genre: Film Score
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George Fenton’s The Blue Planet score is something I listen to a lot so I was happy to hear that he did another BBC/ Discovery Channel nature documentary. Frozen Planet is a 7-part series that focuses on The Arctic and Antarctic. Sir David Attenborough narrates this one as well, just like he did for The Blue Planet.

I don’t know what it is but Fenton just gets the music of nature videos. The music in those documentaries really drive the story along. Just based on the music, it can make you feel happy, sad and angry when watching those things. Like I said before, The Blue Planet is an excellent score and Frozen Planet is up there as well.

The music has a bit of cartoony element to it at times, so I’d imagine it might be scenes with penguins in it. Listening to this, definitely evokes the cold and North & South Pole imagery. The opening titles is only 30 seconds but the next track “The North Pole” is definitely a notable one. It sounds mysterious, like something Danny Elfman might do but then goes in another direction that is more beautiful. Most of the score has similar motifs but there’s a few that sound completely different than the others. I guess it depends on what’s being shown in the series.

I haven’t seen Frozen Planet yet but this score makes me want to!

Bottom Line: Another brilliant score from Fenton
Notable Tracks: Opening Titles, The North Pole, Returning Seabirds, Belugas, Emperor’s Return
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