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Winter's Tale
(2014)
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Composed and Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Rupert Gregson-Williams

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Additional Music by:
Halli Cauthery
David Buckley

Orchestrated by:
Alastair King
David Butterworth
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WaterTower Music
(February 11th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have enough patience to explore the hidden highlights of a sadly understated romantic atmosphere, up to twenty minutes of heartbreaking material begging to be condensed into a shorter presentation.

Avoid it... if you expect your supernatural fantasy romance scores of orchestral and choral constructs to appropriately reach out and demand your attention, long passages in this score barely warm enough to sustain interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,455
WRITTEN 3/30/14
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Winter's Tale: (Hans Zimmer/Rupert Gregson-Williams) Sometimes movies just don't work. All the best intentions of novice director Akiva Goldsman could not salvage the 2014 fantasy romance Winter's Tale from the misery of irrelevance despite its alluring concept and intriguing cast. The massive financial disaster failed to bring the magic of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel to a coherent existence on film, audiences confused and critics annoyed by the fairy tale story that bridges generations of New York City in a twisted Shakespearian-style tragedy involving demons, poison, fate, redemption, and lost love. The budget for the film was slashed by 20% as production progressed, but this possible admission of failure prior to completion did not stop Winter's Tale from receiving a score supplied by the realm of Hans Zimmer, including a fair amount of involvement by the composer himself. While the music for Winter's Tale, aside from a pop song written and performed by Scottish star KT Tunstall independently, was the toil of four composers at Zimmer's prodigious Remote Control score factory, primary credit for the work is split evenly between Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams, the latter mired in a series of unremarkable children's and comedy assignments in his solo career. This type of composing arrangement for magical or whimsical sidetracks in Zimmer's career has been a somewhat regular diversion, with music on the children's end of the equation (Lauras Stern and The Little Polar Bear 2) representing some of Zimmer's most engaging credits of the 2000's. While debate inevitably turns to the ratio of contribution between Zimmer and Gregson-Williams for a work like Winter's Tale, some reports have indicated that Zimmer was indeed involved in a substantial amount of the music while others have insisted that Gregson-Williams was stuck with the workman's load of less preferable duties on the project. Regardless of the attributions, Zimmer discussed the film as one of his own in interviews, claiming that Winter's Tale represented an opportunity to return to "proper" scoring procedures. No matter how he tackled the film, it has to mentioned that this score garnered remarkably little public interest from the media hype machine surrounding Zimmer, the music slipping under the radar with relatively uncharacteristic media silence.



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Average: 2.74 Stars
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Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - April 12, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
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Total Time: 63:53
• 1. Look Closely (6:08)
• 2. It's the Ripples That Give the Work Meaning (2:29)
• 3. Rise Up (2:04)
• 4. Hello You Beauty (2:32)
• 5. What's the Best Thing You've Ever Stolen? (1:42)
• 6. I Love Blood on the Snow (6:42)
• 7. Princess Bed (2:19)
• 8. Can You Hear Your Heart (4:14)
• 9. This Isn't Right (4:00)
• 10. You Don't Quit Me, Boy (3:46)
• 11. Light as a Feather (7:41)
• 12. She Was Like a Bright Light (1:35)
• 13. The Girl With the Red Hair (4:04)
• 14. Becoming Stars (10:06)
• 15. Miracle - performed by KT Tunstall (4:32)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a single-page card advertising a downloadable app for the score, but the packaging features no extra information about the score or film.
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