Sherlock III/Arnold and Price

February 26, 2014



The wildly popular series begins its third season and Silva has already released the soundtrack which continues in the same style as the first two offering new orchestral ideas to existing themes as well as the introduction of new material. Keeping in mind that my golden ears can’t grasp the newer styles of many soundtrack and as a result I choose as a reviewer not to tackle material that I just don’t understand this music I don’t find grating on me at all but a fun listening experience. Arnold and Price have found the right combination of electronics, strings, and thematic material to make it successful. There is little evidence of the shrieking, clanging, and uncontrolled outbursts of dissonant brass that in my opinion detract not enhance the music. The Empty Hearse, the first of the three new episodes, deals with the return of Sherlock Holmes as Mycroft summons him back to London to deal with an underground terrorist organization as well as John Watson who thought he had died and the startling realization that he was now alive. Highlights of the eight tracks include the opening cue “How It Was Done” which begins with an emphasis on the percussion and an attention grabbing theme. It is a very modern sounding one that segues into a theme which can be heard in the two previous seasons. “God Rest His Soul” begins as a quiet piano passage but quickly changes into a tension building action cue. “Floating Dust” offers the Dies Irae theme first as a variation and then the real thing. Listen carefully or you might miss it. The two main themes from season 1 and 2 both return in a full orchestral arrangement in “#Sherlock Lives.” is a mixture of material beginning with mandolin, the two Holmes themes, soft piano, and concludes with a reference to the main title again. The Sign of the Three episode deals with the wedding of John Watson and the speech from Sherlock are in flashbacks of the great assistance that Watson was in their case solving. “Lestrade-The Movie” begins with a frantic motif from the strings harmony from the brass. You can feel the tension in the cue as it slowly builds. There is a hint of the main title ever so briefly. “Waltz for John and Mary” is a violin sonata played very nicely by Eos Chater, a romantic interlude of sorts and one I’ve included as an audio clip. “Stag Night” offers the twangy guitar in a funky style with just a hint of reference to the main title. His Last Vow, the final episode deals with stolen letters, Holmes being shot by a mysterious woman in black, and a new nemesis to Holmes Charles Magnussen. Moriarty and Mycroft also appear. “Magnussen” begins like a Russian somber tone poem and also ends on the same style with urgency in between from staccato like strings. “The East Wind” also plays out like a funeral march with a brief interlude of quiet piano that somewhat offers a ray of hope. “The End Title” closes the CD on an upbeat note with a bouncy rendition of the main title. This is a nice addition to the first two seasons also available from Silva (#1377 and 1383) both of which I’ve previously reviewed. May the series and the music last for many more years. Recommended Track Listing: THE EMPTY HEARSE

  1. 1.  How It Was Done (2:44)
  2. 2.  God Rest His Soul (1:44)
  3. 3.  Floating Dust (3:28)
  4. 4.  #Sherlock Lives (2:48)
  5. 5.  Back To Work (2:57)
  6. 6.  Vanishing Underground (2:28)
  7. 7.  John is Quite a Guy (4:05)
  8. 8.  Lazarus (3:36)


  1. 9.  Lestrade-The Movie (3:07)

10. To Battle (4:01) 11. Stag Night (2:16) 12. Mayfly Man (4:17) 13. Major Sholto (2:59) 14. Waltz for John and Mary (1:07) HIS LAST VOW 15. Magnussen (3:33) 16. Forwards or Backwards (4:41) 17. Redbeard (2:11) 18. To Lie in Leinster Gardens (3:14) 19. Addicted to a Certain Lifestyle (3:50) 20. The Problems of Your Future (5:33) 21. Appledore (3:37) 22. The East Wind (4:00) 23. End Titles (0:49) TOTAL TIME IS 73:05