Sony Music recently announced the soundtrack of popular BBC series, A Perfect Planet, with music by composer Ilan Eshkeri (Stardust, The Young Victoria). Available everywhere now, the album features the music from Eshkeri’s fourth collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, the legendary naturalist who will narrate the BBC series.
In five parts, the series explores how forces of nature – volcanoes, sunlight, weather and oceans – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of wildlife. Its final episode examines the impact of humans on the natural world and asks what can be done to restore a perfect balance. The series includes stunning footage filmed in 31 countries across six continents.
Talking about the same, Composer Ilan Eshkeri says: “Creating the music for A Perfect Planet has been a hugely rewarding experience. The series celebrates the extraordinary world we are a part of as well as showing the delicate balance of the systems that support life, and what we need to do to ensure its future stability. It’s a message that’s very important to me and one that I believe we have a responsibility to engage within a way that not only educates but inspires the next generation. This influenced my approach to music and set me on an unconventional path. Composing the music for A Perfect Planet has also been enormously challenging – not least because of the unprecedented logistical issues of trying to record an orchestra during the lockdown! I’m grateful to everyone at the BBC and [production company] Silverback who supported me and the ideas I threw at them and I hope my music can play a small part in helping to inspire change.”
The ongoing coronavirus crisis had a significant impact on post-production including the music. Series producer Huw Cordey mentioned, “Sir David embraced new ways of recording his voiceover and the music for the series had to be finished in Iceland, one of the few places we could gather a string orchestra and record them playing live. Covid restrictions prevented us doing the same with brass and woodwind instruments so they had to be recorded separately in each of the musicians’ living rooms.”
Sharing his thought, David Attenborough said, “Oceans, sunlight, weather and volcanoes -together these powerful yet fragile forces allow life to flourish in astonishing diversity. They make Earth truly unique – a perfect planet. Our planet is one in a billion, a world teeming with life. But now, a new dominant force is changing the face of Earth: humans. To preserve our perfect planet we must ensure we become a force for good”
It takes us on a stunning visual journey, from lands drenched by the Indian Monsoon to the slopes of fiery Hawaiian volcanoes, from the tidal islands of the Bahamas to the frozen wastes of Ellesmere Island. From Arctic wolves prowling moonlit landscapes in winter to frozen wood frogs magically thawing back to life in spring; from the vampire finches of the Galapagos who drink the blood of seabirds to the African flamingos who gather in their thousands every year in a vast volcanic lake to breed.
Planet Earth is perfect. Everything about our world – its size, its distance from the Sun, the spin and tilt, its moon – is perfectly suited to our existence, and our planet’s natural forces perfectly nurture life. There is literally no part of our planet where life can’t be found. It is a unique fusion of blue-chip natural history and earth science that explains how our living planet operates. This five-part series will show how the forces of nature drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of wildlife.
A Perfect Planet is produced by Silverback Films for BBC One and Discovery, and co-produced with Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF German Television, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions and The Open University. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer and Jack Bootle, BBC Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History.
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