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Hamlet
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 9th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if you lean towards the 1990 Ennio Morricone way of thinking when it comes to the modern sounds of Hamlet, for Carter Burwell offers a highly repetitive and sparsely mundane representation of the concept.

Avoid it... if you lean towards the 1996 Patrick Doyle method of scoring the classic tale with resounding emotional depth and a robust symphony orchestra.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,437
WRITTEN 10/1/03, REVISED 4/3/09
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Hamlet (2000): (Carter Burwell) In classic Hollywood, the film versions of Shakespearean plays were often presented in their original time and location, and actor/director Kenneth Branagh was endeavoring to do the same throughout the 1990's. But a younger generation of audiences and filmmakers then began embracing and producing adaptations of the original Shakespeare stories in contemporary, urban settings. From Romeo & Juliet to Othello, sparkling, modern representations of these classic tales played to split audiences, with some adoring the new visions and others believing that Shakespeare himself was rolling in his grave. Perhaps none of these stories has been translated onto the big screen as many times as "Hamlet," with several entries in the 1990's alone. After the 1990 and 1996 versions remained somewhat true to a historical setting, the 2000 version directed by Michael Almereyda throws the story into modern-day New York, suffering in the environment of the Guggenheim Museum and fax machines. If you could accept Bill Murray as Polonius, then you may agree with a base of critics that found the film to be generally pretty intriguing. It would have been an interesting job for composer Patrick Doyle, who was the resident expert in Shakespearian scores during the 1990's and had modernized his sound for Great Expectations, another contemporary adaptation of a classic tale, in 1998. But an existing collaboration with Almereyda led to composer Carter Burwell receiving the assignment for the Ethan Hawke-led Hamlet. Almereyda had been impressed with Burwell's work with a large symphony orchestra and now called upon the composer to utilize only a chamber orchestra for this effort due to a restrictive budget. Burwell's scoring schedule was tight at the time, but the composer responded to the assignment by carving the traditional Shakespearian sound down to an intimate scale for a small ensemble. The lack of contemporary instrumentation to accompany this group, however, is a curious choice due to the circumstances.



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Average: 2.67 Stars
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Alternate review of Burwell's Hamlet at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - April 14, 2005, at 1:29 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:12
• 1. Too Too Solid Flesh (2:44)
• 2. Murder Most Foul (3:20)
• 3. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1:50)
• 4. Darkroom (3:12)
• 5. To Be or Not to Be (2:42)
• 6. Wiring Ophelia (4:48)
• 7. The Funeral (1:58)
• 8. Claudius Prayer (3:04)
• 9. Hamlet Walks the Plane (2:23)
• 10. Laertes and Ophelia at the Guggenheim (1:56)
• 11. Claudies Incites Laertes (4:50)
• 12. The Duel (2:52)
• 13. The End (3:29)

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The insert includes a note from the director about Burwell and the score.
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