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The Golden Bowl
(2001)
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Composed by:
Richard Robbins

Conducted by:
Harry Rabonowitz

Produced by:
Emmanuel Chamboredon
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(April 17th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are an established collector of Merchant Ivory films or Richard Robbins' predictable period music for them.

Avoid it... if you expect any particularly new avenue of style to be heard in this generally stale Robbins equation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,363
WRITTEN 4/15/01, REVISED 2/7/09
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The Golden Bowl: (Richard Robbins) To say that Merchant Ivory Productions of the 1990's appealed to a certain, narrow audience devoted to dramatic period films is not too controversial of a generalization. With dozens of adaptations of classic novels of that genre under their belts, the Merchant Ivory team continued in the 2000's to produce films of character development that take place in the 1800's or early 1900's. While these films always appeal to the arthouse crowds (and sometimes even garner Academy recognition in their greatest successes), they are never blockbuster hits. After all, nearly all of the Merchant Ivory films involve a considerable amount of lengthy toiling between the talking heads of several arguably stuffy characters. For some, these films become a wash, exhibiting the same kind of thematic character wrestling that binds them all together by common flaws on a fundamental level. The equation is much the same for The Golden Bowl, the team's third adaptation of a Henry James novel. To nobody's surprise, its plot involves two sets of characters (in England of the early 1900's) involved in various love affairs, betrayals, and the problems inherent in the relations between the rich and the poor. Of course, the relationship between rich and poor, or the rich and their servants, is nothing new. Seeing Uma Thurman star in such a production, though, was something of a novelty. To be expected, Richard Robbins returned to score yet another chapter in the Merchant Ivory saga. Robbins' music for these films goes largely unnoticed; the assignments for such productions are split between himself and Richard Bennett, and some will argue that the latter actually writes more listenable music for them. Robbins had his fair share of success with the genre, winning respect and praise for the glory days, shall we say, of the Merchant Ivory series in the early 1990's. Howard's End and The Remains of the Day both received Oscar nominations for Robbins, but since then, his music's popularity has tapered off. Without a doubt, The Golden Bowl is tethered strongly to the advantages and disadvantages of its brethren. Most film score collectors, when bored and in search of the next album to pull off the shelves, will skip past Robbins' scores for several reasons, all of which apply to this predictable entry as well.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:11
• 1. Opening Credits (3:23)
• 2. Charlotte and the Prince (3:27)
• 3. Verver's London Home/A Fresh Start (1:45)
• 4. Green Park/The Golden Bowl/Fauns (3:20)
• 5. Charlotte and Verver/Photograph of Maggie (2:34)
• 6. Charlotte and Verver in Italy (1:22)
• 7. Lancaster House/Lady Gwendolyn's Galop (4:02)
• 8. Photographs/After the Costume Ball (2:38)
• 9. The Sofa Waltz/The Kiss/Candles on the Staircase (2:50)
• 10. The Inn (2:45)
• 11. Madame Tussaud/The Steam Museum (2:33)
• 12. The Golden Slave (4:34)
• 13. The Lecture/Maggie Finds the Bowl (4:01)
• 14. American City (1:12)
• 15. Verver in Despair (1:36)
• 16. The Broken Bowl (3:52)
• 17. The Letter/The Execution/Henry VIII (3:00)
• 18. To American City (3:12)
• 19. End Credits (3:54)

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The insert includes a note from Robbins about the score and film.
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