The Windermere Children
The Windermere Children BBC Music Magazine Review ★★★★★
The Windermere Children tells the true story of a group of Jewish children brought to the Lake District just weeks after being liberated from concentration camps. The film, screened by the BBC as part of its liberation commemorations in January, featured music by Alex Baranowski. This release (Sony Classical) takes in his score, which is itself a very personal response to the real story. Baranowski digs deep, utilising a lullaby melody inspired by those sung to him by his grandmother to moving effect. Glassy, hollow-sounding, strings share the children’s fragility, but the music blossoms with them, the sounds more rounded, melodies growing out of the darkness.