Vanity Fair [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
William Makepeace Thackeray's satire Vanity Fair first published in magazine installments, 1874-78 is a "Novel Without a Hero," as its subtitle proclaims, but it is not without a villain who has her reasons: Becky Sharp is a young woman lacking a fortune or a position in British society in the first half of the 19th century and is forced to make her way on her wits while happily unencumbered by scruples or morals. She is, in Thackeray's view, the ideal person in a world full of hypocrisy and materialism. In a contemporary world she is scarcely less so. Director Mira Nair might have attempted a modern version for her film adaptation, but she chose instead to go back to ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
William Makepeace Thackeray's satire Vanity Fair first published in magazine installments, 1874-78 is a "Novel Without a Hero," as its subtitle proclaims, but it is not without a villain who has her reasons: Becky Sharp is a young woman lacking a fortune or a position in British society in the first half of the 19th century and is forced to make her way on her wits while happily unencumbered by scruples or morals. She is, in Thackeray's view, the ideal person in a world full of hypocrisy and materialism. In a contemporary world she is scarcely less so. Director Mira Nair might have attempted a modern version for her film adaptation, but she chose instead to go back to the original setting and cast Reese Witherspoon as Sharp. That compels composer Mychael Danna to write music in the style of the day, which means orchestral scores with classical and romantic antecedents, as well as chamber music. She sets poems by Lord Byron and Alfred, Lord Tennyson to tunes and has them sung by Sissel and Custer LaRue, respectively. She references Beethoven and Haydn, and even flirts anachronistically with Tchaikovsky when she gets to the battle of Waterloo. There isn't much suggestion of Thackeray's social criticism, at least in the music; the composer seems to have concentrated on matching the scenery and the costumes. Toward the end, there are a couple of Indian songs, "El Salaam," by Hakim, and "Gori Re," sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma, that come as a surprise and seem out of place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498631256
  • Catalog Number: 000307602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Walks in Beauty - Sissel Kyrkjebø
  2. 2 Exchange
  3. 3 Becky and Amelia Leave School
  4. 4 The Great Adventurer
  5. 5 Becky Arrives at Queen's Crawley
  6. 6 Andante
  7. 7 No Lights After 11
  8. 8 Adagio
  9. 9 I've Made Up My Mind
  10. 10 Ride to London
  11. 11 Becky and Rawdon Kiss
  12. 12 Sir Pitt's Marriage Proposal
  13. 13 I Owe You Nothing
  14. 14 Piano for Amelia / Announcement of Battle
  15. 15 Time to Quit Brussels
  16. 16 Waterloo Battlefield
  17. 17 Amelia Refuses Dobbin / The Move to Mayfair
  18. 18 Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
  19. 19 Steyne the Pasha
  20. 20 El Salam
  21. 21 The Virtue Betrayed
  22. 22 Rawdon's End
  23. 23 Dobbin Leaves Amelia
  24. 24 Vanity's Conquerer
  25. 25 Gori Re
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mychael Danna Primary Artist, Piano
Nicholas Dodd Conductor
Tony Hinnigan Bass Flute
David McGuinness Piano, Fortepiano
Sissel Kyrkjebø Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Shankar Mahadevan Vocals
V. Selvaganesh Percussion
Custer LaRue Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Joe Ayoub Bass Guitar
Richa Sharma Vocals
Anthony Hinnigan Irish Flute
Hakim Vocals
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Nicholas Dodd Orchestration
Mychael Danna Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Bill-Dog Dooley Mastering
David McGuinness Arranger
Brad Haehnel Engineer, Engineering
Kathy Nelson Soundtrack Executive Producer
Isabelle Wong Art Direction
Alfred Lord Tennyson Composer, Lyricist
Traditional Composer
Lord Byron Composer, Lyricist
Javed Akhtar Composer, Lyricist
Jennifer Dunnington Producer
Bill Dooley Mastering
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