I don’t think there’s another composer who wrote such constantly beautiful music as John Barry. Whenever I play one of his scores I am mesmerized from the first few notes and the sensation doesn’t go away until the end. When his gorgeous and gentle orchestrations start I am swept away into a fantasy land where everything is bright and calm, where everything flows and everyone is happy and this never fails. There is a unique joy and innocence in his compositions.
The movie is “Born free” and John Barry won two Academy Awards for it (best original score and best original song). It’s a movie about a real life couple who raised a lion to adulthood before releasing her in the wilderness of Kenya. The main theme is beautiful and easily recognizable. John Barry wrote a few variations of it. I am amazed by how the orchestra sounds on “Elsa at play”. The instruments actually play with each other, near each other and I don’t need to see the images to know what’s going on. The theme itself is playful and inviting.
While not among my favorite John Barry scores, “Born free” is still a landmark in his career and a must listen score, especially because of that main theme.
Cue rating: 78 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 9 / 39
Album excellence: 22%
Main Title – Born Free