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Beloved
(1998)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Performed by:
Oumou Sangare
La Troupe Makandal
The African Children's Choir

Co-Produced by:
Suzana Peric

Conducted by:
David Arch
Colette Louis
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax
(October 6th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are familiar with the novel and film, and are thus prepared for an extremely restrained, minimalistic, and sparse score for a very small African-based ensemble.

Avoid it... if you expect anything in this score to have characteristics common to Rachel Portman's more common light romance and comedy works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,010
WRITTEN 12/22/98, REVISED 1/9/07
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Beloved: (Rachel Portman) For anybody familiar with the Toni Morrison novel of the same name, the film adaptation by heralded director Jonathan Demme will be a viewing experience very true the book. It's a convoluted ghost tale from the times of American slavery, during which the story tells of not only the atrocities of the whites of the era, but of the difficult and brutal choices made by the black slaves as well. Morrison's story almost needs a map to get through, but essentially involves a pair of older, former slaves facing their previous lives in the form of a ghostly girl who walks into their lives and household one day. Nearly everything in the story is deeply unsettling, and Morrison's method of traveling between different times at will is faithfully preserved in the film adaptation. Demme's film was highly praised at the time of its release, and actress Oprah Winfrey, who was a major force behind getting the film made, manages to shed her talk-show persona and adequately stand alongside Danny Glover as a lead. A significant number of truly revolting and horrific scenes caused the film to skirt mainstream acceptance, and while it was forecasted to do well during the awards season, it was ultimately shunned. One of the more intriguing aspects of the film was its significantly lengthy musical score, composed by the very unlikely Rachel Portman. Known mostly for her lush romance and comedy scores at the time (the genre in which she had won her Academy Award a few years earlier), Portman was suddenly tasked with coming up with an authentic sound for a genre and culture best defined in the late 1990's by John Williams, whose scores for both Rosewood and Amistad were considered the benchmark of success. While those scores would offer some slight influences in Portman's finished work for Beloved, her avenue towards representing the culture of the time would be largely unique. She maintained at the time that the Beloved score was her personal favorite of her career.



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246 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.69 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 64 2 Stars
* 60 1 Stars
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Beloved Score
JP - August 22, 2007, at 6:27 p.m.
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a BRILLIANT listening experience
SeenItAll - August 19, 2007, at 7:44 p.m.
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Awesome and inspiring score
Jonathon - January 21, 2006, at 5:07 p.m.
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Beloved Film
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:51
• 1. Headstone - performed by Oumou Sangare (0:52)
• 2. Beloved (0:35)
• 3. Bluestone Road - performed by La Troupe Makandal (5:08)
• 4. That's Ohio (10:01)
• 5. Attic (2:35)
• 6. No More Running (5:14)
• 7. Housefits (7:37)
• 8. Nature - performed by Oumou Sangare (1:39)
• 9. Cincinnati Streets (2:59)
• 10. Sethe Recognizes Beloved (1:59)
• 11. Denver and Baby Suggs (4:13)
• 12. Denver Goes Out Yonder (1:42)
• 13. 28 Days* - performed by Oumou Sangare (1:15)
• 14. Winter Thaw (1:23)
• 15. Beloved is Gone (3:45)
• 16. You Your Best Thing (3:11)
• 17. Uhuru - performed by The African Children's Choir (2:41)
• 18. Love Your Heart - performed by Oumou Sangare (2:56)
• 19. Vaccines - performed by La Troupe Makandal (0:56)
* Not used in film

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.

    Personnel includes: David Arch, Collette Louis (conductors); Oumou Sangare, African Children's Choir, Miriam Stockley, Hazel Fernandes, Lorenza Johnson, Sarah Skeete, Louise Marshall, Alison Jiear, Beverly Skeete, Lorraine Briscoe, Mae McKenna, Sylvia Mason-James, Juliet Roberts, Doreen Webster, Tracy McSween (vocals); Jan Hendrickse (flute); Simon Allen, Nicholas Bucknall, Paul Clarvis, Williams Cumberache, Cafe Dasilva, Hassan Hakoun, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, Seikou Susso, Felipe Garcia Villamil (La Troupe Makandal).

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