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Elizabeth
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated and Produced by:
David Hirschfelder

Conducted by:
Sam Schwarz
Ric Formosa
David Hirschfelder

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ric Formosa
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
London Classics
(November 11th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a BAFTA Award and nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you appreciate highly tumultuous, dissonant chanting for full chorus and orchestra leading a score of significantly weighty gloominess.

Avoid it... if you prefer your grand period scores to lure you with lush, harmonious performances of theme and a lack of stereotypical instrumentation for the genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #829
WRITTEN 2/15/99, REVISED 7/6/07
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Elizabeth: (David Hirschfelder) A truly international effort in its making, Elizabeth was the English-language debut of Indian director Shakhar Kapur. With a stellar cast and lavish production values, the film condensed the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I into just a few hours, staying faithful to most of the major facts about her time on the throne while distorting a few historical elements in the interest of a timely movie. In the end, Kapur's film was successful in riding the wave of dramas set in England's late 16th Century at the time, and the film was critically praised enough to merit some Oscar consideration. One of its nominations was for its score by Australian David Hirschfelder, who had already been nominated by the Academy for his score for Shine a few years earlier. Hirschfelder would need to address the concepts of naivete, terror, strength, and sex while maintaining a fine balance between period score stereotypes and a unique sense of power that transcends listeners' expectations. His Australian ensemble is rich in strings, percussion, and voices, with surprisingly few individual roles for instruments like the harpsichord and harp, which better define the era. The full ensemble does include some of these specialty instruments, and they march, frolic, rumble, and climax with significant sonic depth. But while it contains all the necessary elements of a grand period score, it essentially lacks a genuine power and essence to convey the proper gravity of the throne.



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The Score borrows and pays homages.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:16
• 1. Elizabeth Overture (4:44)
• 2. Love Theme - Arrest (3:08)
• 3. Tonight I Think I Die (4:22)
• 4. Walsingham (2:05)
• 5. Night of the Long Knives (4:12)
• 6. Coronation Banquet (6:34)
• 7. Love Theme (1:48)
• 8. Aftermath (5:19)
• 9. Parliament (4:08)
• 10. Rondes (4:32)
• 11. Conspiracy (3:21)
• 12. Ballard (3:53)
• 13. One Mistress, No Master (4:25)
• 14. Nimrod (4:30)
• 15. Requiem (5:10)

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