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Atonement
(2007)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Benjamin Wallfisch

Performed by:
Jean-Yves Thibaudet
The English Chamber Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(December 4th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release. Some pressings feature slightly different cover art, but identical contents.
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Winner of a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you appreciated the elegance of Dario Marianelli's piano-led score for Pride & Prejudice, for Atonement provides much of the same spirit.

Avoid it... if the music genre of restrained British melodrama, whether from Marianelli, Richard Robbins, Rachel Portman, or Patrick Doyle, leaves you bored by its predictability.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #527
WRITTEN 12/12/07
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Atonement: (Dario Marianelli) The historical dramas directed by Joe Wright have filled the void in the 2000's that Merchant Ivory Productions had occupied in the 1990's. There will seemingly always be an international audience for historic British melodramas, and the same crew that adapted Pride & Prejudice with great success in 2005 has returned for the adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel Atonement, also starring actress Keira Knightley and filmed on location in Britain. The bittersweet love story involves a privileged family's struggle over the affections of one of the servant's sons. While a budding relationship begins between the man and an older sister of the family, the younger sister's adolescent crush on the man causes her to falsely accuse him of a crime. The torments that follow would linger over the course of decades of love lost and, ultimately, the atonement necessarily sought by the grown, younger sister. This character's literary imagination is half her problem, and her typewriter would play not only an important role in the plot of the film, but also in its music. Italian composer Dario Marianelli's breakthrough into the international limelight was confirmed with his Oscar nomination for Pride & Prejudice, a score that featured the performances of renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and The English Chamber Orchestra. The same ensemble would be conducted once again by Benjamin Wallfisch for Atonement in an effort to expand upon the emotions of Pride & Prejudice, a score that performed extremely well on album. With the equation set to many of the same variables in Atonement, advocates of Pride & Prejudice will hear similar tones of elegance and thematic grace. This is a niche market that appeals to a wider group of listeners than most normal film scores, and it helps that Thibaudet has pursued a successful solo recording career during the past few years as well. In the inevitable comparison between the music for Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, the latter provides identical thematic harmony and class in its piano performances while spicing up the mix with one creative and consistent sound effect and two standout ensemble cues.



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892 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.41 Stars
***** 234 5 Stars
**** 226 4 Stars
*** 207 3 Stars
** 130 2 Stars
* 95 1 Stars
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Excellent score for Atonement
Monica Ashton - January 25, 2008, at 11:38 p.m.
1 comment  (2495 views)
Very good score.
Kevin Smith - December 24, 2007, at 11:19 a.m.
1 comment  (2350 views)
Alternate review of Atonement at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 15, 2007, at 5:38 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:22
• 1. Briony (1:44)
• 2. Robbie's Note (3:04)
• 3. Two Figures by a Fountain (1:15)
• 4. Cee, You and Tea (2:25)
• 5. With My Own Eyes (4:40)
• 6. Farewell (3:32)
• 7. Love Letters (3:09)
• 8. The Half Killed (2:09)
• 9. Rescue Me (3:17)
• 10. Elegy for Dunkirk (4:15)
• 11. Come Back (4:28)
• 12. Denoument (2:27)
• 13. The Cottage on the Beach (3:24)
• 14. Atonement (5:18)
• 15. Debussy: Clair de Lune (4:52)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes from both the director and composer about the score and film.
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