Mary, Queen of Scots
Decca DL 79186
CD: Silva 353
I found the movie tedious and bailed on it. Vanessa Redgrave plays Mary, Queen of Scots, the rival Catholic claimant to the throne of England and a very real threat to protestant Elizabeth (Glenda Jackson). The movie gets knocked for taking wide liberties with history, but the music got an Oscar nomination.
Barry's score got nominated for Best Original Score for the 1972 Oscars, but lost to Michele Legrande's Summer of '42. It's another historical movie, but it's about as far from The Lion in Winter as possible. The music mirrors the story in its mood of impending tragedy and fragility.
For a score that got an Oscar nomination, this one has been forgotten. It got an LP release and it's fairly easy to find, but it never got a commercial CD release. It has been bootlegged, the most recent one paired it with Anne of 1,000 Days (not a Barry score). Nic Raine re-recorded and added it to his re-recording of The Lion in Winter.
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