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The Affair of the Necklace
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Gregory Jamrok
Rebecca Liddle

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 8th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're tired of mundane period scores and seek an alternative that takes the same ingredients and beautifully merges them with a slight touch of contemporary style.

Avoid it... if you were not impressed by Lee Holdridge's similar music for the television film The Mists of Avalon and once again can't fathom ethereal female vocals in this genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #713
WRITTEN 1/26/02, REVISED 2/18/09
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The Affair of the Necklace: (David Newman) The lavish and dramatic production of the true 18th Century controversy of countess Jeanne de la Motte Valois, titled The Affair of the Necklace, was an ill-fated attempt by Charles Shyer to insert both intrigue and romance into a setting just prior to the French Revolution and make the combination appealing enough to overcome the countless copies that came before. He failed in that task, partly due to the ludicrous circumstances of a script that can't decide who the audience should sympathize with and partly due to the arguable miscasting of Hilary Swank in the lead role, and Warner Brothers' hopes of awards consideration for the picture evaporated from the heat of steamed critics. The romantic, mysterious, and decadent film experienced only a limited theatrical release in 2001, attempting in vain to gain better chances with the awards by opening fully in early 2002. Often overlooked because of the past and current achievements of the other famous Newmans of his family (Randy and Thomas), composer David Newman continued to produce some of the most varied music for films in the 2000's. From urban pop rhythms to orchestral action and adventure bombast, David Newman's music had gone sorely missed in the commercial album scene throughout the 1990's, mostly because of the diminished quality of the films to which he was assigned. With so many of his best works unavailable on album (or existing only in promotional form), he remained one of the most active composers to be overlooked by the majority of film score collectors. A surprising turn in his career, The Affair of the Necklace offered yet another side of Newman's compositional skills to shine. Like the film, the score was also initially mentioned for award consideration, for Newman's music is a grand and memorably stylish orchestral and choral accompaniment for a marginally compelling story.



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surprisingly good score
Mark - May 2, 2002, at 5:59 p.m.
1 comment  (2415 views)
Trailer music too   Expand >>
Birger - February 7, 2002, at 5:29 a.m.
2 comments  (3530 views)
Newest: February 23, 2002, at 6:04 p.m. by
soundtrekkie
Trailer Music?
Yumbo - January 30, 2002, at 11:56 a.m.
1 comment  (2341 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:09
• 1. Opening (1:13)
• 2. Jeanne's Theme (1:05)
• 3. Bohmer (0:54)
• 4. Jeanne is Found Guilty (2:59)
• 5. Jeanne & Retaux (0:42)
• 6. Jeanne's Plan (1:06)
• 7. Rohan's Arrest (3:15)
• 8. In Court/Childhood (3:49)
• 9. Minister of Titles/On the Lake (4:40)
• 10. Jeanne & Retaux Love Scene (1:18)
• 11. Feast of the Assumption (1:29)
• 12. Going to Meet Antoinette (1:17)
• 13. Communion (2:09)
• 14. Rohan Meets with Fake Antoinette (3:02)
• 15. Courtroom/Cagliostro Leaves Town (2:54)
• 16. Going Home (3:21)
• 17. Jeanne's Sentence/Antoinette (2:30)
• 18. Antoinette is Finished (0:40)
• 19. Arrival of the Necklace (0:34)
• 20. Jeanne & Retaux's Plan (0:45)
• 21. Jeanne Reads Her Memoirs (1:18)

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