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Followed by its digital release in December, Original Music
from the CBC and Netflix series Anne with an "E" will be available on CD on January 24th, 2020 exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records. The soundtrack to Northwood Entertainment's series can be pre-ordered on VareseSarabande.com and other retailers. The album includes the theme song "Ahead by a Century" by The Tragically Hip
and score from the composing duo of Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner. Season 3 of the program is out today!
"Doing a soundtrack felt natural because much like an orchestra, the series Anne with an "E" contains a great many components that are all moving in the same direction to tell beautiful and inspiring stories contained within. There were certain instruments and styles of music that we decided on quite early in the process. The Celtic flavor was a natural choice from the very beginning, and this informed the instrumentation that usually includes fiddle, tin whistle, accordion and mandolin. However, we were encouraged to experiment and expand those parameters wherever it felt right for the story, so that brought in other woodwinds and strings, ambient and percussive textures, solo cello and of course piano". - Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner, composers.
The series, a reimagining of the classic book Anne of Green Gables, is a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world. Amybeth McNulty stars as Anne, who has endured an abusive childhood in orphanages and the homes of strangers. Set in the late 1890s, Anne is mistakenly sent to live with aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert (played by Geraldine James
and R.H. Thomson), who reside on Prince
Edward Island. Anne, who proves to be uniquely spirited, imaginative and smart, transforms the lives of Marilla, Matthew and everyone else in their small town. While Anne with an "E" honors the foundation of L. M. Montgomery's novel, the series explores contemporary issues of identity, racism, feminism, friendship, bullying, gender parity, and empowerment through the lens of its fierce, starry-eyed, irrepressible protagonist.
"A period piece though it may be, the stories in Anne with an "E" are universal and timeless. Every detail, including the costumes and sets, the writing, the acting and even the live instruments in our score are incredibly accurate to the time. Yet a contemporary light shines on the issues that these characters would have faced back then, issues that are old as time and still as true and meaningful today. In that sense, much like the Tragically Hip's main title song "Ahead by a Century", we have always felt that the whole concept behind the show was exactly that". - Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner, composers.
"I'm thrilled to be partnering with Varèse Sarabande on a soundtrack release for Anne with an "E". Varèse is a label known for impeccable taste and savvy distribution - and we couldn't be in better hands. The Anne with an "E" fans have been asking for this since the show launched so we're grateful to finally be able to give them access to this gorgeous music by the brilliant Ari & Amin prior to the launch of our moving final season on Netflix. I'm also grateful to The Tragically Hip
for lending their important and seminal song, "Ahead By A Century" to our credit sequence and to this stunning soundtrack". - Miranda
de Pencier, Executive Producer, Anne with an "E" and President, Northwood Entertainment.
With nearly 50 scores to his credit, Emmy nominated composer Amin Bhatia has written music for film, TV and album projects for over 30 years. Versatile
in both orchestral and electronic music, Amin's television projects in addition to the CBC/Netflix/Northwood series Anne with an "E", include internationally acclaimed series Flashpoint and X Company, the docudrama series Blood and Fury: America's Civil War, as well as guest compositions on The Handmaid's Tale. Feature films include Storm, Iron Eagle II, Rescue Heroes: The Movie, John Woo's Once a Thief and many IMAX large format documentaries for award winning filmmaker David
Amin's prizes in the Roland International Synthesizer competitions won him international fame in his youth, leading to projects with David
Foster and Steve Porcaro. His solo albums "The Interstellar Suite" and "Virtuality
" have garnered rave reviews for Amin's signature neo-classical style and huge dynamic range.
Among other awards and nominations, Amin Bhatia and longtime friend and collaborator Ari Posner share a Canadian Screen Award for their work on Flashpoint, and an Emmy nomination for the Disney series Get Ed.
Ari Posner is a fixture in Canadian film and television, in addition to scoring Netflix/CBC/Northwood's Anne with an "E", Posner's series scoring credits include X Company, Blood and Fury: America's Civil War, and the critically acclaimed TV series Flashpoint, as well as the feature films All the Wrong Reasons, Borealis, and the romantic comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure. The music composer's repertoire spans from long-format work to ads to animated series, and everything in between.
Originally from Winnipeg, Ari is a proud alumnus of York University's Fine Arts Program where he studied composition and improvisation. Through his traditional music background and experience collaborating with live musicians and orchestras, Posner has developed a rich compositional skill set. His studio is currently located at Pirate Radio
and Television in downtown Toronto.
1. Ahead by a Century Performed by The Tragically Hip
2. Good Morning Anne
3. Picking Up A Girl
4. The White Way of Delight
5. Tree Perspective
6. A Big Day Ahead
7. The Power of A Child
8. Matthew And Anne
9. Meet Miss Stacey
10. A Nature Symphony
11. Passage of Time
13. Never Going Back
14. My Daughter Anne
15. You Can Ride to Back
16. Forbidden to Fraternize
17. Marilla Waits
18. Unrequited Love
19. The Growing Storm
20. It's All Broken
21. Fire in The Town
22. Dr. Gilbert Blythe
23. Kindred Spirits
24. My Friend Cole
25. Mission of Magnitude
26. Dearest Diana
27. Simplest of Gifts
28. We're Rich Aren't We
29. No Regrets
30. Make Your Own Decision
31. Goodnight Anne