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secret river


The secret river : original soundtrack / Burkhard Dallwitz.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2015 [481 1824] — 1 CD (56 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item is out-of-print. We regret that it cannot be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.
  • Library Availability: CD 2670 — Reference (not for loan) copy only

Out of Print

This item is out-of-print. We regret that it cannot be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.

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Product details

ABC Classics presents the original soundtrack to the compelling new ABC TV mini-series The Secret River, based on Kate Grenville's best-selling novel - an epic tragedy from the hidden heart of Australia's foundation story. Burkhard Dallwitz's score combines the strings of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with a range of solo instruments to create a soundtrack that tells movingly of the beauty of the Hawkesbury's landscape and the savagery at the heart of the tale. The album closes with the title song for the series, A Secret River, composed and performed by legendary Australian singer-songwriters, Archie Roach and Shane Howard.

"As the narrative unfolds through the eyes of early convict colonists William and Sal Thornhill, the music focuses on this deeply personal story of two naturally decent people who strive to make a life for themselves and their young family in this new and alien land. As they fail to heed the advice of their neighbour Blackwood - that you can't just take but that you also need to give a little - the inevitably tragic consequences unfold." - Burkhard Dallwitz

Burkhard Dallwitz is one of Australia's foremost screen composers, with a number of internationally acclaimed works to his name. In 2001 he won the APRA Award for Best Television Theme for the 2000 Sydney Olympics theme; and other highlights include the score for Peter Weir's feature film The Way Back (starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess) and the 2014 Screen Music Award for Best Television Theme for Fat Tony &Co.

Duration: 56 min.

Booklet includes programme notes by composer.

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