Sabrina – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1995
Sabrina Fairchild (Julia Ormond) is a chauffeur’s daughter who grew up with the wealthy Larrabee family. She always had unreciprocated feelings for David (Greg Kinnear), the family’s younger son and playboy. But after returning from Paris, Sabrina has become a glamorous woman who gets David’s attention. His older, work-minded brother Linus (Harrison Ford) thinks their courtship is bad for the family business and tries to break them up — but then he starts to fall for her too.
Sydney Pollack’s 1995 remake of the classic romantic comedy Sabrina may have proven a commercial and critical failure, but John Williams’ charming score boasts an intimacy and refinement that beautifully complement the film’s nouveau riche ambience. Drawing upon Williams’ formative experiences as a jazz pianist, Sabrina eschews the widescreen theatrics of his most famous scores in favor of tuxedo-tailed sophistication. The music is feather-light and profoundly romantic, painstakingly evoking the sound and spirit of golden-age Hollywood. Only Sting’s banal performance of Williams’ “Moonlight” breaks the music’s spell.