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Stardust
(2007)
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Composed by:
Ilan Eshkeri

Conducted by:
Andy Brown

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Julian Kershaw
Nick Ingman
Jeff Toyne

Produced by:
Steve McLaughlin

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra and Metro Voices
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Decca/Universal
(September 11th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're swept away by all the usual orchestral and choral techniques that define the fantasy genre of film music, even if they're not guided into any new territory whatsoever.

Avoid it... if you require the engagement of your brain when appreciating music with as much potential as Stardust, because your intellectual half might start a list of the references clearly employed to carry this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,503
WRITTEN 9/11/09
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Stardust: (Ilan Eshkeri) At a time in Hollywood when the fantasy genre was dominated by massive, multi-part epics of mind-boggling scope, films like 2007's singular Stardust could easily get lost. Never intended to compete on the same scale with its larger siblings, this Matthew Vaughn film adapted a 1997 graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess. The target of the story was an adult audience, pulling on some of the same comedy strings as The Princess Bride but with meatier horror material too dark for that carefree environment. The tale takes inspiration from staples from across the entire range of fantasy topics, rarely postulating anything new (outside of Robert De Niro as the gay, cross-dressing captain of a lightning-powered, flying ship), but the package was widely enough praised by critics even if audiences weren't particularly impressed. It's the kind of assignment that aspiring composers long for, because there await endless possibilities in the fantasy genre with which to awe listeners with a massive choral and symphonic score. Having collaborated with Vaughn before and dabbled in this genre was Ilan Eshkeri, whose budding career in the 2000's was defined by mostly obscure projects outside of the duo of Stardust and Hannibal Rising in 2007. His work for Stardust, replacing a rejected score recorded by John Ottman, was perhaps as predictable as any score for this film could possibly be, but it's difficult to fault the composer for playing to expectations very efficiently. Despite significant positive buzz surrounding his score, his career wasn't immediately shifted into a higher level by the assignment, something of a disappointment given the potential that he had displayed in the execution of Stardust. The base ingredients for the score were alone promising, starting with an ensemble of London performers and adding a choir, various soloists on exotic instruments, and tasteful electronic embellishments. The touches of vocal or electronic creativity like the groaning effect in the middle of "The Star Shines" are interesting (but too few, though). The structures of Stardust are also diverse in their inspiration, sometimes using tongue-in-cheek references to famous classical pieces and even Mozart's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for good measure. The connections between several of Eshkeri's ideas here and famous predecessors in the genre are obvious, too, and it is in this marginally recycled environment that the most substantial criticisms against the score are grounded. Indeed, Stardust is more than just a tad transparent, but it still resides firmly in the guilty pleasure category due to its penchant for fun, good-natured swash and buckle and swoon and pomp. It's not over-thought, and that can sometimes be a refreshing approach to take.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:44
• 1. Prologue (Through the Wall) (3:45)
• 2. Snowdrop (2:46)
• 3. Tristan (0:40)
• 4. Shooting Star (3:26)
• 5. Three Witches (2:42)
• 6. Yvaine (2:48)
• 7. Septimus (1:22)
• 8. Creating the Inn (1:58)
• 9. Lamia's Inn* (8:04)
• 10. Cap'n Shakespeare (1:27)
• 11. Flying Vessel** (3:41)
• 12. Cap'n's at the Helm (1:01)
• 13. Tristan and Yvaine (2:05)
• 14. Pirate Fight*** (2:03)
• 15. The Mouse - co-composed by Matthew Vaughn (2:25)
• 16. Lamia's Lair (3:57)
• 17. Lamia's Doll (1:41)
• 18. Zombie Fight (1:08)
• 19. The Star Shines (3:21)
• 20. Coronation (2:32)
• 21. Epilogue - composed by "Take That" (0:52)
* partly adapted from "The Well Tempered Klavier" by J.S. Bach, Book 1, Prelude 2 in C Minor
** includes an excerpt from "Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No. 6 in D Major, Allegretto Scherzando" by Antonin Dvorak
*** adapted from "Galop Infernal", Act 2 Scene 2 of "Orphee Aux Enfers" by Jacques Offenbach

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