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Pavilion of Women
(2001)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Conrad Pope
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 1st, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the more engaging and thematically beautiful orchestral scores in the Western/Eastern crossover genre.

Avoid it... if nonstop melodrama and tragedy on mainly strings, ehru, and choir become a burden too heavy to carry on a relatively long album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,409
WRITTEN 5/11/01, REVISED 10/17/08
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Pavilion of Women: (Conrad Pope) This relatively little known film by Yim Ho is a World War II account of the budding romance between a Chinese woman and Western man set against the horrors of the Japanese invasion and occupation of mainland China. Unfortunately, the film was critically panned for its overplayed sense of melodrama and it barely registered at the box office in May of 2001. Willem Dafoe plays the white priest visiting the woman's village, and the inevitable love story that results against opulent production values is broken tragically by the encroaching war. For the project, therefore, a composer with talents accentuating the mixture of Western and Eastern instrumentation was required, and veteran orchestrator Conrad Pope received the welcomed call. Known throughout the industry as one of the most talented and prolific orchestrators of film music, Pope finally ventured into his first compositional assignment with Pavilion of Women, causing enough interest to warrant an album release for the diverse artist. Pope's orchestration credits were already to be found on the scores of John Williams, James Horner, and Alan Silvestri throughout the 1990's, and his knack for precise balance of instrumentation is perhaps what caught the eye of the producers of Pavilion of Women. While dominantly Eastern scores had become more and more popular over a period spanning the late 90's and early 2000's, culminating in the Academy Award win for Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that particular sound never proved to be the ideal choice for many filmmakers (or, for that matter, the ears of Western audiences). An approach similar to that of George Fenton's in his fantastic Anna and the King score from the previous year was sought, however, for Pavilion of Women, and Pope delivered a popular work that was great applauded by most film music critics.



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Average: 3.53 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:27
• 1. Pavilion of Women (2:40)
• 2. The Necklace (1:49)
• 3. The Library (2:10)
• 4. Eternal Question (0:48)
• 5. The Rape (3:12)
• 6. Faith (2:46)
• 7. Madame Wu's Decision (2:41)
• 8. The Birthday Party (1:14)
• 9. Eclipse (1:49)
• 10. The Fire (2:05)
• 11. All Love Stories (1:46)
• 12. Secrets and Wages of Sin (3:04)
• 13. Un Bel Di, Vedremo (from Madame Butterfly)* (4:20)
• 14. Ailien and Andre Part (2:29)
• 15. Chiu Ming's Farewell (1:30)
• 16. The Embrace (3:34)
• 17. Invasion (3:52)
• 18. Andre's Sacrifice (1:58)
• 19. Aftermath (1:21)
• 20. Ghost House (1:15)
• 21. Together Forever (2:51)
• 22. End Credits (3:42)
* written by Giacomo Puccini and performed by Eva Marton

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The insert includes a note from Conrad Pope about the music.
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