Lakeshore Records is set to release Being The Ricardos—Amazon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally December 3 featuring music by Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer Daniel Pemberton (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Steve Jobs). The score is filled with warm orchestrations that evoke a nostalgic era as well as clubby, jazz interludes. The film, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Nicole Kidman, Javier Barem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Ariande, Tony Hale and Alia Shawkat will be released in theaters December 10 and globally on Prime Video December 21.
Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in Academy Award®-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama Being the Ricardos. A revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Featuring J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda.
Says Pemberton: “It was fantastic to re-unite with the wonderful Aaron Sorkin. One of the things we both agreed on from the very start was that a large part of this film needed a timeless classic orchestral score with a strong theme that could be adapted many different ways to tell the fascinating and complex emotional journey of Lucille and Desi. I started at the piano writing away at a piece of music that would eventually become the film’s theme. I then wanted to capture some of the magic that scores from that ‘golden age’ had - strong melodic and thematic writing with a large orchestra performing in the biggest room we could get. We were incredibly lucky to not only get Abbey Road Studio One but also just to get across the line with updated COVID protocols, allowing us to record 69 musicians in that legendary space.
An amazingly memorable experience and one I am very excited the rest of the world can now hear. I hope this score captures both the emotional complexity of the two main characters but also some of the magic of the world they inhabited and created.”
DANIEL PEMBERTON is an Academy Award-nominated composer who has regularly been cited as one of the most exciting and original new voices working in modern film scoring today. Comfortable composing for everything from rock bands to symphonic orchestras, record-scratchers to jazz quintets, Pemberton’s innovative scores have consistently been singled out for critical acclaim. His credits include studio films such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Birds of Prey, Enola Holmes and Ocean’s Eight as well as smaller independent features such as the Cannes Palme d’Or competitor Mal de Pierres or the powerful Paralympics documentary “Rising Phoenix,” for which Pemberton recently won a Sports Emmy Award for Best Music Direction.
Pemberton was named Film Composer of the Year in 2021 by both the World Soundtrack Awards and the international film music critics association IFMCA. He received Golden Globe nominations for his neo-noir score to Motherless Brooklyn and his mix of opera and electronics for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, as well as nods for Best Original Song for “Hear My Voice” (performed and co-written by Celeste) from Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 and “Gold” (performed and cowritten by Iggy Pop) from the Stephen Gaghan film of the same name. He was also recently nominated for an Academy Award for “Hear My Voice.”
Pemberton has scored projects for the likes of Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World, The Counselor), Danny Boyle (Yesterday, Steve Jobs), Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Molly’s Game), Darren Aronofsky (“One Strange Rock”), Edward Norton (Motherless Brooklyn), Louis Leterrier (“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”) and Guy Ritchie (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).
Pemberton was honored as Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2014 and nominated as Composer of the Year in both 2016 and 2019
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