Tony Palmer directs this prize-winning film about the great English composer Henry Purcell. Very little is known about his life, but the script - by Charles Wood and the late John Osborne - solves this problem by launching a group of actors in the 1960s on a voyage of discovery into the 1660s & late-17th century England, the extraordinary period in which Purcell lived. But it is Purcell's music which is the driving force of the drama, with a stunning soundtrack conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. "The film touches some profound truths about the personalities behind the music. As the titles rolled, so did this critic's tears." Michael White, The Independent on Sundaymusic conducted by JOHN ELIOT GARDINER. BRITTEN - A behind the scenes look at the Aldeburgh Festival and the opening by The Queen of the new concert hall at Snape. "A superb film (which) may well achieve the status of a classic, repeated again and again over the years…the brilliant editing of the highest quality, making a natural partnership of music and picture.