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Elizabeth: The Golden Age
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Craig Armstrong
A.R. Rahman

Conducted by:
Cecilia Weston

Co-Orchestrated by:
Matt Dunkley
David Donaldson
Kazimir Doyle

Co-Produced by:
Geoff Foster
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(October 9th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're eager to be slapped across the face by a ballsy and accessible score of immense size, a surprisingly engaging merging of techniques from two respected composers from completely disparate backgrounds.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear either anything stylistically new from Craig Armstrong or enough of A.R. Rahman's far more darkly seductive music for the collaboration in the film or on its album.
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WRITTEN 8/9/11
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Elizabeth: The Golden Age: (Craig Armstrong/A.R. Rahman) Attempting to continue the success he enjoyed with his highly acclaimed Elizabeth of 1998, director Shekhar Kapur assembled leads Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush for a sequel in 2007. The plot of Elizabeth: The Golden Age continues the narrative of England's Queen Elizabeth in the 16th Century, carrying her through continued failed attempts at courtship, the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the assault of King Philip II upon her country via the Spanish Armada. Several substantial liberties were taken with the facts of this period of history, including Elizabeth's age and a multitude of issues surrounding the secondary characters seen in this largely artificial narrative. Despite continuing many of the successful production aspects seen and heard in Elizabeth, Kapur was greeted with negative reviews and lower grosses at the box office for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, mostly due to drawn-out romantic interludes and the simple fact that the costumes, sets, and music are all so immense in the picture that these technical elements vastly overshadow the acting performances (with the exception of Blanchett, of course, who seems to excel in this role despite her surroundings). The music was initially a source of significant curiosity, the assignment split between contemporary Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and Indian Sufi music legend A.R. Rahman, the latter not yet a truly international name (Slumdog Millionaire debuted a year later). Gone were the sometimes painful attempts in the previous film by Australian composer David Hirschfelder to emulate 16th Century music structures to ensure authenticity, a technique that was sometimes impressive but oddly cold and disjointed in its sum. While Kapur is Indian and some may assume that he sought Rahman primarily for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, he was reportedly persuaded into employing the composer for the project at the insistence of Blanchett, an enthusiast of his music. Taking primary credit for the score, however, is Armstrong, who housed Rahman in Glasgow and recorded the score at his own studios. The two worked amicably together despite their distinctly different musical backgrounds and approaches to the religious aspects of the story.



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Average: 3.83 Stars
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"Opening" - influenced by Arvo Pärt?
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Total Time: 48:31
• 1. Opening (1:31)
• 2. Philip (1:51)
• 3. Now You Grow Dull (0:57)
• 4. Horseriding (1:38)
• 5. Immensities (2:41)
• 6. Bess and Raleigh Dance (2:34)
• 7. Mary's Beheading (3:22)
• 8. End Puddle/Possible Suitors (2:06)
• 9. War/Realization (2:57)
• 10. Destiny Theme (2:31)
• 11. Smile Lines (1:15)
• 12. Bess to See Throckmorton (1:03)
• 13. Dr. Dee Part I (3:18)
• 14. Horseback Address (2:26)
• 15. Battle (3:29)
• 16. Love Theme (2:51)
• 17. Divinity Theme (5:08)
• 18. Storm (3:00)
• 19. Walsingham Death Bed (1:51)
• 20. Closing (2:01)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes short notes from the director and both composers about the collaborative process.
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