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Cleopatra
(1999)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Performed by:

Conducted by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Orchestrated by:
Trevor Jones
Geoffery Alexander
Julian Kershaw
Simon Chamberlain

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Vocals and Shawm Performed by:
Belinda Sykes
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Difficult to find. The label is associated with Trevor Jones himself and the semi-promotional release didn't receive regular distribution. Specialty outlets will carry it, but the CD disappeared from most stores quickly.
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Buy it... if you seek perhaps the best and boldest theme of Trevor Jones' career, along with remarkably erotic vocals over a powerful orchestral score.

Avoid it... if an infusion of exotic new age style into that massive orchestral construct is too disparate for you to accept in a Roman and Egyptian setting.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #575
WRITTEN 7/16/99, REVISED 4/15/07
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Cleopatra: (Trevor Jones) The original 1963 film version of Cleopatra cost 20th Century Fox a staggering $37 million, nearly sinking the studio into bankruptcy. The 1999 production by Hallmark Entertainment cost $30 million, a relative bargain, and failed badly in its television debut. Running a full three hours, the series would adapt the famed Egyptian character from 40 years of research contained in Margaret George's book "The Memoirs of Cleopatra." It would mostly deal with Cleopatra's impact on Rome, and Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in particular. Featuring Timothy Dalton and Billy Zane in those roles, the French/Chilean actress Leonor Varela was badly outclassed in talent, with her wooden performance causing many of the complaints regarding the film. Like most of the Hallmark films produced for cable or network television, there were no corners cut when it came to the score, which was, compared to most of the other production values of the film, praised uniformly by critics at the time. Director Franc Roddam, responsible for Hallmark's Moby Dick, turned to veteran blockbuster composer Trevor Jones for the task of writing an absolutely massive score for the remake of Cleopatra. Along with Jones comes, of course, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Jones delivered a phenomenal recording for a film that went through a rather hasty production process. Jones is well know for his epic themes, and that talent would be put to the true test here, but what's even more intriguing are two essential choices that Jones developed in his music for the project. First, he would use the orchestral ensemble to represent the power of Rome while relying on specialty instruments, a solo voice, and synthesizers for Egypt, placing the two elements at battle with one another in the final score mix. Secondly, he would throw aside the Alex North notion of straight forward Western romance writing of the Golden Age of film scores and instead give the teenage temptress a truly erotic musical representation. To that end, the score would have a distinctly lurid new age side to it.

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Timothy Turner - April 15, 2007, at 3:24 p.m.
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Excellent dramatic music with interesting orchestral solutions
Sheridan - August 21, 2006, at 12:09 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:03
• 1. Cleopatra (3:19)
• 2. Egypt is Yours for Only One Day (6:07)
• 3. The Tomb of Kings (6:55)
• 4. Rome Decress (8:27)
• 5. The Roman Forum (6:47)
• 6. The Eye of Horus (5:07)
• 7. Temple of the Sun (4:44)
• 8. Prayer to Isis (4:01)
• 9. To Speed You on Your Way (2:32)
• 10. In the Eyes of the Gods We Are One (6:55)

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The colorful insert contains a short note about Jones' career. Track names can only be found in the center of the insert, and no track times are provided.
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