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The Cider House Rules
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 7th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you mourn the loss of Georges Delerue in the world of romantically dramatic film score writing or seek Rachel Portman's most consistent entry in that genre during the height of her career.

Avoid it... if you expect the creativity in thematic diversity or instrumentation that Portman would provide to nearly the same sound in The Legend of Bagger Vance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #152
WRITTEN 12/26/99, REVISED 4/27/08
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The Cider House Rules: (Rachel Portman) John Irving adapted his own novel into the screenplay for Miramax's The Cider House Rules, ensuring a loyal narrative that tackles several issues of societal mores with an even balance. The film's slice of 1940's New England life examines the concepts of parentage, abortion, and other generalities while following one man's (Homer's) journey of self-discovery against the backdrop of these issues. Beautiful cinematography of the region, solid acting performances, and a gorgeous score by Rachel Portman all led Miramax to push Lasse Hallstrom's film heavily during the awards season, and it hauled in an impressive number of Oscar nominations. One of those nominations indeed came for Portman's music for the film, which accentuated the lovely innocence of the time and the region, as well as the overriding sense of goodness and optimism that prevails in the script. Portman had already won an Academy Award for her delightful, but limited score for Emma, and was known in the late 1990's as a master of the lush, romantic sound of light drama. To some extent, she filled the void left by the death of Georges Delerue, providing the industry with lofty European romanticism unafraid to carry a charming melody with piano and woodwinds. Fans of her trademark style of lush string themes and simplistic repetition had been distraught at the time over her highly experimental score for Beloved, but they'd be treated to two more addictively lovely entries by Portman in this genre before she would move on to other genres (and her own family would interrupt her productivity). There are many similarities between the music for The Cider House Rules and that of The Legend of Bagger Vance the following year. They were the only tandem that took the fluid orchestral sound from Portman's romantic comedies and gave them strictly dramatic interpretations. These two works, overflowing with the same frothy spirit, are easy comparable, though due to the few shortcomings of The Cider House Rules, it's safe to argue that The Legend of Bagger Vance is the better score.



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6,037 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.11 Stars
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*** 938 3 Stars
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Touching
Perry Newman - October 11, 2010, at 6:58 p.m.
1 comment  (1026 views)
Excellent album
Sheridan - December 9, 2006, at 1:50 p.m.
1 comment  (2308 views)
Cider Score
Jayson Wee - June 18, 2002, at 11:52 p.m.
1 comment  (4208 views)
Is there any sheet?
Richard - February 23, 2002, at 7:31 a.m.
1 comment  (3687 views)
Beautiful piano
Natty - April 12, 2001, at 6:09 p.m.
1 comment  (5106 views)
Awesome
Houten - March 9, 2001, at 2:10 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:41
• 1. Main Titles (2:10)
• 2. Homer's Lessons (3:43)
• 3. Young Girl's Burial (0:42)
• 4. Homer Asks Wally for a Ride (1:27)
• 5. Homer Leaves Orphanage (4:37)
• 6. The Ocean (0:59)
• 7. The Cider House (4:13)
• 8. Wally Goes off to War (1:48)
• 9. Lobster Dinner (0:51)
• 10. Burying Fuzzy (1:35)
• 11. Homer & Candy on the Dock (2:21)
• 12. Rose Rose is Pregnant (1:16)
• 13. Abortion (1:50)
• 14. Pickers Leave (1:16)
• 15. Dr. Larch Dies (1:37)
• 16. Homer Returns to the Orphanage (3:42)
• 17. Good-night, You Kings of New England (1:06)
• 18. End Credits (4:36)

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