The Duchess [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163403923
  • Catalog Number: 34039
  • Sales rank: 381,825

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 B├Člousek Cello
Christopher Laurence Bass
Richard Berry Horn
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Franz Joseph Haydn Composer
Chris Dibble Engineer, Mastering
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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    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Dutchess

    The most beautiful music I've ever heard.

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