Love Actually – The Love Themes For Orchestra

Twenty years ago, when Craig Armstrong sat down in his Glasgow studio to compose the cues for Richard Curtis’ latest romcom, he had no idea the film would become one of the world’s most beloved cult classics – and his score would be a central part of the film’s enduring appeal.

Starring an ensemble cast, including Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the intertwining romances of Love Actually were beautifully punctuated and accented by Armstrong’s original score when it was released in 2003. Now, the award-winning musician has returned to his original compositions for an exciting new project, released by independent Glasgow-based record label, CMA Records.

Love Actually – The Love Themes For Orchestra, comprises 15 songs from the film’s original score, all beautifully adapted, extended and reworked to celebrate not only the film’s 20th anniversary, but fulfil Armstrong’s long-held ambition to create fuller versions of his now classic compositions. Due to the very nature of film editing, Armstrong’s cues were often cut down to shorter versions within the film’s scenes, but revisiting the score has allowed the Grammy winner to write fuller versions, which have been performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra, conducted by Peter Pejtsik, for the album.

“Getting the chance to work on this film twenty years ago was an exciting and sometimes complex process as quite a few areas of the film had to be filmed to on set,” explained Armstrong, who has scored many other popular films over his illustrious career, including The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Far From The Madding Crowd, Snowden and Ray, for which he has achieved many awards including a Golden Globe, Ivor Novellos and BAFTA’s including being awarded a Grammy for Best Original Score. “Of course, I had no idea at the time that this film would go on to be so loved, and it’s a testament to all the crafts involved in filmmaking that lead to it being the success it is today.”

Craig Armstrong

The tracks on the new album are updated versions of the most poignant, moving parts of the film, including Croissants In France, which fans will know and love for its use during the lost in translation love story of Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz), and Glasgow Love Theme, a beautiful piano-led piece, which soundtracks the unrequited love between Mark (Andrew Lincoln) and Juliet (Keira Knightley).

As Love Actually was Armstrong’s first score for a romantic comedy, director Richard Curtis gave him one piece of advice – not to worry about writing the comedy, but more to the emotion of the film. Glasgow Love Theme is perhaps the most beautiful, heartfelt example of this advice made real.

For links to listen and buy the album, visit Craig Armstrong’s Instagram

Album Tracks

1Glasgow Love Theme (Extended Version)
2Croissants In France (Extended Version)
3Jamie Leaves Aurelia (Extended Version)
4I’m In Love (Extended Version)
5Wrapping The Necklace (Extended Version)
6Portuguese Love Theme (Extended Version)
7Love Actually Opening (Extended Version)
On The Bench (Extended Version)
9Glasgow Love Theme (Chamber Version)
10Natalie On The Stairs (Extended Version)
11In Love With Karl (Extended Version)
12Croissants In France (Chamber Version)
13Sarah And Karl Go Wrong (Extended Version)
14PM’s Love Theme (Extended Version)
15Portuguese Love Theme (Chamber Version)

The single

Glasgow Love Theme (Extended Version)

Glasgow Love Theme (Extended Version), is a single from Craig’s new album ‘Love Actually – The Love Themes For Orchestra’. released November 24th.

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