Angie made a comment to my Netflix post of yesterday that I simply must bring up here. Ladies in Lavender is one of my few 5 Star rated movies. In my mini-review to Netflix Friends, I said, “Poignant. Made me cry. The music is heartbreakingly beautiful, too.” The movie had a brief release in the spring of 2005, and critics gave it middling, though not terrible, reviews. I strongly disagree. I loved it.
But forget the movie for a moment. The violin music in this period piece is able to reach in and touch a listener’s soul. Even if you never see the movie, listening to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on this CD isn’t to be missed. For those of us who write to music, this is a must own, IMHO. It’s playing on my iTunes as I write this blog post. So beautiful and inspiring.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to a few of the clips over on Amazon.com. They’ll only give you a tiny hint, but it may be enough to convince you.