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Earthsea
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Jeff Rona

Co-Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Co-Produced by:
Gregg Lehrman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 7th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you specifically noted the half dozen memorable highlights of the score in context, including the remarkable vocal performances over the opening titles and finale.

Avoid it... if you're expecting the same high quality of orchestral underscore that you heard in other popular Hallmark/Sci-Fi Channel fantasy series of the early 2000's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,404
WRITTEN 1/14/05, REVISED 10/21/11
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Earthsea: (Jeff Rona) Attempting to continue capitalizing on the massive popularity of television hits in the fantasy genre such as Children of Dune and The Mists of Avalon during the early 2000's, Hallmark Entertainment and the Sci-Fi Channel brought Ursula K. Le Guin's world of Earthsea to the small screen in 2004. Known alternatively as "The Legend of Earthsea," the magical, medieval fantasy universe created by Le Guin is roughly comparable in its depiction of wizardry and sorcery to J.R.R. Tolkien's lengthier "The Lord of the Rings" tales. The basic premise of its plot involves a young, talented, but immature wizard who must summon the strength to do everything from control his own burgeoning powers to reunite humanity and bring world peace. That basic concept is familiar to veterans of fantasy novels, as are the mythical creatures, mysterious locations, and curious characters. With content taken from the first two books of Le Guin's classic series, the four-hour Hallmark/Sci-Fi Channel production is ambitious in the amount of material it attempts to squeeze into its initial venture into the series, and the result still omits plotlines that might disappoint fans of the books. Premiering on the Sci-Fi Channel on December 13 and 14, 2004, the series came and went without much of the cross-channel advertisements and other hype you usually heard about these productions ahead of time. Since the premieres of The Odyssey and Merlin (both from Hallmark) in the 1997-1998 seasons, these films typically hit the small screen with significant fanfare. Suffering from poor reviews and tepid warm word of mouth, this vision of Earthsea began fading away not long after its debut. The musical scores for prior fantasy adaptations of this sort, from Trevor Jones' Merlin to Lee Holdridge's The Mists of Avalon and Brian Tyler's Children of Dune, have sold very well and remained popular long after their debuts. All have been released on CD by the Varèse Sarabande label, as is Earthsea, but Jeff Rona's journey in the fantasy realm this time around is not as spectacular as those other products. Already long a veteran of television scoring, Rona is equally experienced in the recording and sampling of various ethnic sounds, and this talent in particular is what interested director Rob Lieberman in hiring him for this production. Unfortunately, instrumental and vocal texture seemed to become the sole focus for Rona on this project, leaving melodic and narrative continuity by the wayside.



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Average: 3.03 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 23 4 Stars
*** 27 3 Stars
** 21 2 Stars
* 19 1 Stars
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Beautiful and emotional score
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - September 13, 2008, at 4:42 a.m.
1 comment  (1251 views)
New age,symphonic and ethnic music in one album
Sheridan - August 31, 2006, at 8:49 a.m.
1 comment  (1688 views)
Alternate review of Earthsea at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - February 3, 2005, at 5:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:16
• 1. Main Title (1:51)
• 2. If Not Us (3:22)
• 3. Ged and His Teacher (1:45)
• 4. Follow Your Path (1:09)
• 5. Isle of Roke (1:40)
• 6. The King's Plan (0:53)
• 7. The King's Plot (1:15)
• 8. Time to Go (1:56)
• 9. The Kargide Attack (1:33)
• 10. Walk Along the Way (1:03)
• 11. Sailing (1:33)
• 12. Atuan (1:03)
• 13. The Book of Spells (2:04)
• 14. Sparrowhawk (1:28)
• 15. Fireside (1:28)
• 16. When We Meet (5:19)
• 17. At Dawn (1:10)
• 18. Halls of Wisdom (2:28)
• 19. Wonderful Friend (0:46)
• 20. A Discovery (2:54)
• 21. My True Name (1:20)
• 22. Mists of a New Land (4:22)
• 23. A Lesson Learned (1:53)
• 24. The Chambers (1:01)
• 25. My Strength (1:57)
• 26. Visions (1:07)
• 27. The Nameless Ones (1:56)
• 28. Catacombs of Atuan (2:02)
• 29. The Dragon's Tale (5:26)
• 30. My Successor (2:07)
• 31. The Last Song (1:09)
• 32. Into the Catacombs (1:47)
• 33. Light Over Earthsea (3:48)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director about the score and film.
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