Duchess [Original Score]

The Duchess [Original Score]

by Rachel Portman
     
 
Director Saul Dibb's The Duchess, based on Amanda Foreman's biography of Georgiana Cavendish (1757-1806), Duchess of Devonshire, is an 18th century costume drama, and composer Rachel Portman naturally has come up with a string-filled score that references the Classical and Romantic styles of the time. But it's actually a 21st century adaptation of those styles,

Overview

Director Saul Dibb's The Duchess, based on Amanda Foreman's biography of Georgiana Cavendish (1757-1806), Duchess of Devonshire, is an 18th century costume drama, and composer Rachel Portman naturally has come up with a string-filled score that references the Classical and Romantic styles of the time. But it's actually a 21st century adaptation of those styles, mixed with familiar movie underscoring, not slavish imitation of the music of the period, as the inclusions of a couple of tracks by near-contemporaries Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) demonstrate. Portman accompanies the action in cues with suggestive titles like "Gee and Grey Make Love" and "Rape," coming up with compelling themes set to supple rhythms. It's music that suits the film in the same way that the period costumes do, probably more colorfully and vibrantly than strict realism would allow.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Lakeshore Records
UPC:
0780163403923
catalogNumber:
34039

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rachel Portman   Primary Artist
John Bradbury   Violin
Andy Findon   Flute
Chris Laurence   Bass
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Robert Smissen   Viola
David Snell   Conductor
Peter Lale   Viola
Moray Welsh   Cello
Bruce White   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet
Marcia Crayford   Violin
Richard Watkins   Horn
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Thomas Bowes   Violin,Leader
Jaromir Klepac   Piano
Renata Vilimova   Harp
Renata Vilimova   Harp
Gabrielle Lester   Violin
William Lockhart   Percussion
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Petr Matejak   Concert Master
Pavel Bìlousek   Cello
Christopher Laurence   Bass
Richard Berry   Horn

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Franz Joseph Haydn   Composer
Chris Dibble   Engineer
Rachel Portman   Composer,Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian   Orchestration
Rick Wentworth   Arranger,Director
Andrew Dudman   Engineering
Skip Williamson   Executive Producer
Chris Cozens   Auricle Programming
Brian McNelis   Executive Producer
Jonathan Allen   Engineering
Stephanie Mente   Art Direction

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