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Iris
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Violin Solos by:
Joshua Bell

Co-Orchestrated by:
Randy Kerber
J.A.C. Redford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(January 8th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you often find yourself relaxing to the undemanding tones of James Horner's similar work for The Spitfire Grill and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday.

Avoid it... if you expect the violin solos by Joshua Bell to provide the score with either a sense of depth or a unique personality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #869
WRITTEN 12/28/01, REVISED 1/10/09
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Iris: (James Horner) A depressing Miramax drama aimed at Oscar gold in late 2001, Iris is a grim, realistic portrayal of an inglorious end to a vivacious spirit caused by the Alzheimer disease. Based on her husband's book about her life, Iris documents the relationship between he and writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, switching between the settings of the 1950's and 1990's to show not only the maturation of the bond between them through the years, but also a switching of roles of dominance as Murdoch is reduced to the mentality of a young child by the end of her life. The film netted three Academy Award nominations in the major acting categories for Judi Dench and Kate Winslet (who both portray Murdoch) and Jim Broadbent, whose career reached its pinnacle in 2001 with this production and Moulin Rouge. The shifting between the past and present settings of the dramatic story perpetuated a style of English dramatism and folk music that gave composer James Horner an opportunity to write a score in a field that had been dominated by the likes of Richard Robbins and Patrick Doyle. After stirring his fans and detractors into a frenzy with the size and energy of Enemy at the Gates and the stylistically familiar A Beautiful Mind earlier in 2001, James Horner finished his year's activities with one of the most reflective and underwhelming scores of the time. Small character dramas that rely heavily on superior acting and writing were not a completely foreign environment for Horner. One of his most acclaimed underscores of the 1990's was written for the tiny budget film The Spitfire Grill five years before, joined by To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday a short time later. Both of those scores offered Horner's collectors a glimpse of what he could write when not trying to impress his audience with an overwhelming dose of orchestral weight. Some maintain strongly that such scores continue to show little ingenuity on the part of Horner, and while The Spitfire Grill is highlighted by some truly unique material in the composer's career, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a much more unoriginal piece.



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This Score Gets 10 Out of 10!
Trevor Jensen - April 4, 2006, at 6:51 p.m.
1 comment  (2232 views)
Orchestrations   Expand >>
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - April 12, 2005, at 6:19 a.m.
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French song
Carmen Scott - June 12, 2003, at 6:14 a.m.
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Voice in the last track.   Expand >>
Levente Benedek - March 9, 2002, at 6:53 a.m.
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Newest: March 10, 2002, at 12:39 p.m. by
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Iris is more "Beautiful" then "Mind"   Expand >>
Ryan - January 3, 2002, at 4:55 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:57
• 1. Part 1 (3:44)
• 2. Part 2 (3:23)
• 3. Part 3 (4:46)
• 4. Part 4 (4:35)
• 5. Part 5 (10:59)
• 6. Part 6 (6:42)
• 7. Part 7 (10:57)
• 8. Part 8 (4:47)

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