Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure by Miguel D’oliveira.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 91.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.83
Album Excellence: 69%
Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure is a fascinating 3-part series in which we accompany Joanna Lumley on the epic rail journey from Hong Kong to Moscow, via China & Mongolia. Joanna explores with her signature charm, intelligence & humour. The score is composed by Miguel D’oliveira.
The score starts with ‘Once In A Lifetime’ and like the cover art displaying a train in the background, the rhythmic and playful strings feels like a train going fast, dashing along the landscape as the lovely scenery unfolds outside the windows. It is playful from start to finish and the orchestration is light and really fun to listen to. This music takes me on a journey to places I have never been. It feels magical and beautiful. It’s a in-the-moment kind of cue, not one you will easily remember, but while it plays, it is just great. It’s interesting, because normally the music is just subtle and in the background and sometimes it’s bold and abrasive, right in your face. This is in the middle somewhere. The music is too enjoyable and just “loud” enough so that you can’t possibly miss it while watching the show.
On album, and that’s where I am experiencing it, it’s certainly a wonderful journey. I think the music is 100% orchestral too, it certainly feels like it and that’s refreshing in this day and age. The only time I properly hummed along though was for the catchy opening of ‘Moving Scenery’ which also strangely reminds me a train, but a bit slower going, perhaps a steam train. It sure sounds appealing though and it has the sound of summer for some reason. The scenery is indeed moving in my head and that’s all I can ask for. As the journey comes to an end (or is merely the beginning?), ‘As Far As The Eye Can See’ gives pause and lets me breathe slowly as the music wash over me. This is for me the best moment of the score. The minimalistic beauty as the landscape unfolds and there’s beauty as far as the eye can see. This is the perfect moment. This is my perfect moment. As enjoyable as this journey has been, it is over too quickly (like most journeys), although this is spectacularly short at 20 minutes. Still, those 20 minutes goes a long way and there’s no rule that says you can’t take this journey again. I will.
1. Once In A Lifetime *
3. And So It Begins
4. Trees In Winter
7. Moving Scenery
8. As Far As The Eye Can See *