Just before Christmas we were sent an advance copy of Anthony Hopkins’ Classical CD Composer, a collection of nine original classical compositions by the actor.
The album, released by Classic FM next week, includes tracks which appeared in the soundtracks to Slipstream and August, in which the actor appeared.
Of the nine tracks, our favourite is ‘Braken Road’ – it’s the perfect sound to unwind to after a hard day’s work.
Also of note is the mournful Stella, likely to provoke deep self-reflection in anyone who dares sit still through its playing.
Much more energetic is The Plaza, a romp of a composition that sounds like the musical equivalent of a steeplechase.
Between them the nine pieces reflect the full range of emotions and moods and brilliantly showcase a mature and perhaps unexpected, talent from one of Britain’s best loved actors.
Composer can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk