Emma [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Jane Austen and Rachel Portman would seem a match made in heaven, and indeed, Portman''s score for the 1996 Austen feature adaptation Emma earned the composer an Academy Award. Employing all of Portman''s signatures -- whimsical yet romantic melodies, fluffy string arrangements, and woodwind solos -- the music will be quite familiar to anyone with even a passing familiarity with her previous scores; Oscar notwithstanding, it seems as if she''s simply going through the motions, content to operate within the confines of an aesthetic that, admittedly, is hers and hers alone. By no means a bad score, Emma is nevertheless a disappointment -- if you''ve heard a previous Rachel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Jane Austen and Rachel Portman would seem a match made in heaven, and indeed, Portman''s score for the 1996 Austen feature adaptation Emma earned the composer an Academy Award. Employing all of Portman''s signatures -- whimsical yet romantic melodies, fluffy string arrangements, and woodwind solos -- the music will be quite familiar to anyone with even a passing familiarity with her previous scores; Oscar notwithstanding, it seems as if she''s simply going through the motions, content to operate within the confines of an aesthetic that, admittedly, is hers and hers alone. By no means a bad score, Emma is nevertheless a disappointment -- if you''ve heard a previous Rachel Portman score, you''ve pretty much heard this one as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/1996
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616206923
  • Catalog Number: 162069
  • Sales rank: 33,706

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachel Portman Primary Artist
David Snell Conductor
Hugh Webb Harp
Linda Coffin Flute
Peter Manning Leader
Technical Credits
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
David Arnold Composer
George Fenton Composer
Keith Grant Engineer
Alan Menken Composer
Basil Poledouris Composer
Rachel Portman Producer, Orchestration
Jeffrey Kimball Executive Producer
Mitchell Leib Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Scott Greenstein Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than "elegant"

    This is my favorite soundtrack. Rachel Portman has captured all the wit, romance, and beauty of Jane Austen's novel...it's a delight!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful!

    This score was magnificent! I have enjoyed Jane Austen's novels for several years, but I never saw a movie that had such a fitting score. Rachel Portman has a beautiful way of expressing emotions in movies; for instance, she makes a love scene sweet and complete in melody, and a humorous scene bounce with delight. She wrote the music for Nicholas Nickleby, and her compositions moved me to tears in the affectionate and anguished scenes alike. The movie "Emma" is now one of my favorite movies, not only because of the affluent, intelligent Emma and the dashing, sensible Knightley, but also because of the music that makes you feel with the characters and for the characters. Rachel Portman is exquisite in her art, and I say "bravo" to her works! I look forward to hearing more impressive scores for old-fashioned-type movies!

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