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Murder on the Orient Express
(2017)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
James Shearman
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Sony Classical
(November 10th, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have the patience for a highly varied combination of beautifully lyrical romanticism and understated, fragmented suspense packed in Patrick Doyle's typical, piano-driven melodrama mode.

Avoid it... if you expect the score's thematic ideas to reveal themselves easily, because Doyle matches the mystery of the plot with intentional obscurity in his constructs through much of his score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,882
WRITTEN 1/20/18
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Murder on the Orient Express: (Patrick Doyle) Assembling a very impressive cast of stage and screen veterans, director and producer Kenneth Branagh resurrected Agatha Christie's famous murder mystery for a 2017 remake and cast himself as the author's famed lead, Hercule Poirot. Some liberty with the characters was taken by Branagh, though enough of the original story was retained to beg questions from critics about why this version of Murder on the Orient Express was necessary given the high quality of the award-winning 1974 adaptation. On the three-day trip out of Istanbul westward, the luxurious 1930's trans-European train becomes derailed by an avalanche and is consumed on board by a murder mystery left to Poirot to solve. The ensemble cast affair leads Poirot through a variety of deceptive leads along his journey to satisfy his own tough standards of justice. Although the movie did not triumph to the same extent as the 1974 version, it did prevail with enough box office returns to generation discussions about Branagh returning as Poirot in other Agatha Christie stories. As long as he continues to make films, not far behind will be composer Patrick Doyle, whose music has graced more than a dozen Branagh movies since 1989's Henry V. Doyle was particularly impressed by the costumes and sets of Murder on the Orient Express during the production, and he used this inspiration to write some concept material for the film that eventually informed its major themes. The widely acclaimed score for the 1974 film was by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and his stylish, waltz-like melodies for that movie have long been performed by pianists and orchestras in concert. By comparison, Doyle tones back the general demeanor of his score, stripping the lavish flourishes of the concept's luxurious intrigue and relying more heavily upon a retrained, mysterious core that yields deeper heartbreak in its later passages. It's a darker and more dramatic take on the same idea, and Doyle's work will thus take additional thought to appreciate. Whereas Bennett's music is easily accessible in its extroversion, Doyle's alternative will attract far less mainstream attention despite its intellectually superior approach.



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Average: 3.65 Stars
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Save your soul by avoiding Murder on the Orient Express
Andreane - January 20, 2018, at 8:34 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 56:44
• 1. The Wailing Wall (1:43)
• 2. Jaffa to Stamboul (1:27)
• 3. Arrival (2:02)
• 4. The Orient Express (1:28)
• 5. Departure (1:00)
• 6. Judgement (2:29)
• 7. Touch Nothing Else (2:53)
• 8. MacQueen (2:19)
• 9. Twelve Stab Wounds (2:58)
• 10. The Armstrong Case (1:21)
• 11. Mrs. Hubbard (1:33)
• 12. This is True (2:51)
• 13. Keep Everyone Inside (1:24)
• 14. Confession (1:50)
• 15. Geography (1:24)
• 16. One Sharp Knife (2:23)
• 17. Ma Katherine (1:09)
• 18. True Identity (2:07)
• 19. Dr. Arbuthnot (1:53)
• 20. It is Time (1:06)
• 21. Justice (9:29)
• 22. Poirot (2:39)
• 23. Never Forget - performed by Michelle Pfeiffer (3:58)
• 24. Orient Express Suite (3:19)

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The insert includes extensive photography and a lengthy note from the composer.
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