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Wilde
(1997)
Album Cover Art
1997 MCI Presents
1998 Sonic Images
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Debbie Wiseman
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MCI Presents
(European)
(October 27th, 1997)

Sonic Images Records
(American)
(September 8th, 1998)
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Both the MCI Presents and Sonic Images albums (with identical musical contents) were commercial releases in their respective regions, though the Sonic Images version from America is easier to find on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you never fail to be impressed by grandiose expressions of melodramatic tragedy, Debbie Wiseman's immense orchestral presence for this biography a gripping reflection of the tortured beauty of life as seen by the titular character.

Avoid it... if you can't stand being pummeled by symphonic melancholy that hammers home its demeanor with little variation during its entire, lovely but tiring length.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,736
WRITTEN 1/31/12
Wiseman
Wiseman
Wilde: (Debbie Wiseman) If ever there was a perfect casting of an actor in the role of a real life figure, it was Stephen Fry and his portrayal of famed 1890's playwright Oscar Wilde. Despite his incredibly popular writing at the time, Wilde was destroyed by society's refusal to accept his homosexuality, an aspect of his life revealed through a torturous series of public humiliations that led to his imprisonment. He was a loyal family man who became infatuated with fellow poet Lord Alfred Douglas after discovering his homosexual inclinations, and the two carried on a secret relationship until members of both men's families intervened. Wilde inadvisably sued Douglas' father and his orientation was exposed to the extent that he was tried for indecency and imprisoned for two years, during which time his health failed and likely caused his death at only the age of 46. Both the man's writing and his intriguing personal story have fascinated scholars for a century, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 biography of Wilde by Richard Ellmann was used as the basis for Brian Gilbert's cinematic adaptation, Wilde, in 1997. The biographical project was not a financial success, though it was applauded in the film festival circuit and later received warm critical reviews and a handful of award nominations for its acting performances. Fry's depiction of Wilde was almost universally praised for its seemingly perfect reflection of the man. Conversely admonished in those same reviews was Debbie Wiseman for her score, which for some critics substantially overplayed its hand when matched with the visuals. Gilbert's rather sparse directorial career hasn't remained loyal to one composer, though Wiseman did offer her services to his 1990's pictures Tom & Viv and Wilde after Gilbert had worked with David Shire and Jerry Goldsmith previously. Wiseman was already a veteran of both film and television by the late 1990's, though her work was not known widely in the international film music scene until after a few immensely popular action and fantasy scores in the subsequent decade. Her techniques at conjuring morbidly enticing melodies proved to be key for Wilde, for which she decided to write unrestrictedly beautiful music to match the title character's view on life. The resulting orchestral score is melodramatic to a fault, lushly romantic and tragic in such overwhelming doses as to result in the aforementioned dissatisfaction with how obviously it forces its emotional impact upon the narrative. Rarely has any score been as depressingly lovely on such a scale during its entire length, yielding an impressive album experience that transcends its efforts to jerk tears in context.



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Average: 3.53 Stars
***** 43 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:27
• 1. Wilde (4:29)
• 2. Wild West (2:41)
• 3. I Do Need an Audience (1:48)
• 4. Almost as Beautiful as His Mother (2:07)
• 5. Nothing Should Reveal the Body But the Body (1:48)
• 6. He Loves (1:15)
• 7. Gates Thrown Open (1:39)
• 8. Love Goes Round (1:27)
• 9. I Will Kiss Thy Mouth, Jokanaan (1:46)
• 10. The Wounds of Love (3:53)
• 11. Constant Constance (2:03)
• 12. The Selfish Giant (1:09)
• 13. Mr. Wilde, You Must Go (4:31)
• 14. Cast Into Outer Darkness (2:02)
• 15. Don't Ever Change Your Love (2:04)
• 16. What Is the Love That Dare Not Speak its Name (1:20)
• 17. Angel At My Side (1:52)
• 18. Who Has Dared to Wound Thee (3:11)
• 19. De Profundis (1:39)
• 20. So Wildly Worshipped and So Madly Kissed (2:11)
• 21. An Age of Silver (9:37)

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