Classc FM magazine
You may not have heard of Debbie Wiseman, but you'll certainly have heard her. The sought-after, award-laden British film and TV composer has penned tunes for everything from The Andrew Marr show and Children's Hospital to major motion pictures such as Wilde and Haunted. Highlights here include the exquisitely plangent theme to 2011 Middle-East-set drama The Promise.
Wiseman started playing
the piano at seven, studied it (and composition) at the Guildford School of Music and Drama, and still begins her every commission by tinkling the ivories - she is therefore as relaxed and assured in her performance as you'd expect. There's a gentle lyricism and intimacy in in every carefully chosen note. Indeed, she describes this album as the most personal she's ever done, showing, as it does, her soundtrack work in its purest form, the way it appears in her head 'without the bells and whistles'.
Wiseman can (and often does) make a bad film/TV show worth watching (hello Lesbian Vampire Killers). She's one of the country's biggest composing talents and this album will be a perfectly-mannered guest in your home.