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Emma
(1996)
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Composed and Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(July 30th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you are a die-hard collector of Rachel Portman's light-hearted, fluffy romance works.

Avoid it... if you expect nothing less than the quality of Only You and Addicted to Love in your Portman comedies.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #519
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 4/23/06
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Emma: (Rachel Portman) The early 1990's saw a rebirth of adaptations of famous British authors of centuries ago, and none was perhaps as influential on screen as Jane Austen. Following Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and the massive A&E production of Pride and Prejudice, the success of Emma should come as no surprise. Even Alicia Silverstone's Clueless the previous year was a modern adaptation of Austen's "Emma" story, though it doesn't take a genius to know the intended audience of the true adaptations. Austen stories all have the same general idea: several marriages have to be arranged by the end, the leading lady is stubborn and dislikes social conventions, there's ballroom dancing to be done, and the main couple of interest takes the entire story to finally admit their love to one another. For non-Austen fans, these scenarios are just one alien invasion short of a successful story, and unfortunately for those non-romantic folks, the scores for these films aren't much better. Even within the genre, it seems that he music for these pictures can head in one of two directions: they can use modern orchestral sensibilities without references to period music, or they can rely heavily on classical quotations or imitations to try to best capture the music that would have been heard at the time. Whether it is Carl Davis or Dario Marianelli, it seems that Pride and Prejudice has tended to sway towards the latter. But Patrick Doyle and Rachel Portman approached the task differently, and Portman in particular was forced into a more comedic writing role because Emma remains one of Austen's more flighty and whimsical escapes. The project would be an easy assignment for Portman, whose writing is often most effective when accompanying pure fluff on the screen. Her string and woodwind-dominated ensembles often define the light romance genre.



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Average: 3.83 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:53
• 1. Main Titles (4:26)
• 2. Harriet's Portrait (1:10)
• 3. Sewing and Archery (3:07)
• 4. Frank Churchill Arrives (2:29)
• 5. Celery Root (2:55)
• 6. Mr. Elton's Rejection (1:58)
• 7. Emma Tells Harriet About Mr. Elton (1:05)
• 8. The Coles Party (3:10)
• 9. Mrs. Elton's Visit (1:32)
• 10. Emma Dreams of Frank Churchill (0:49)
• 11. The Dance (1:17)
• 12. Gypsies (0:46)
• 13. The Picnic (2:29)
• 14. Emma Insults Miss Bates (1:59)
• 15. Emma Writes Her Diary (2:53)
• 16. Mr. Knightley Returns (1:57)
• 17. Proposal (4:22)
• 18. End Titles (4:21)

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