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House of Cards
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(October 12th, 2009)
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Limited pressing of 1,500 copies, retailing for $20 and available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. Its price escalated to $40 or more after the product sold out.
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Buy it... if you have always loved the way James Horner employs solo flute performances atop a bed of harmonic orchestral atmosphere to convey the imagination of a child.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything truly unique in this, a pretty little score that is saturated with Horner techniques utilized in every case throughout the composer's career.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,717
WRITTEN 5/26/10
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House of Cards: (James Horner) Faring poorly at the conclusion of its production process was Michael Lessac's sole directorial effort for the big screen, House of Cards. After gathering dust for two years due to the lack of a distributor, the movie was picked up for an obscure release in 1993 and only earned $300,000 in grosses. Kathleen Turner and Tommy Lee Jones work to unlock the psyche of a young girl emotionally scarred by the death of her father while he was studying Mayan temples in Mexico. The girl gets caught up in the mysticism of that region and can only communicate through stacks of cards and other bizarre means. She is finally saved when her mother (Turner) discovers a way to defy the supposedly professional avenues of help (represented by Jones) and bring the damaged family back together. It was a redeeming topic with a decent cast that probably was better suited for a television release. That did not stop composer James Horner from pouring a fair amount of emotional depth into the score for House of Cards despite a relatively limited budget. It has been noted throughout Horner's career that he has a certain gift for capturing the imagination of children and young adults, with scores from Something Wicked This Way Comes to Boy in the Striped Pajamas exuding a wondrous atmosphere of a child's inner world while also addressing the darkness that invades that reality from the circumstances of real life events. In conveying the same general spirit of airy intimacy, House of Cards is frankly quite reminiscent of Horner's other works of similar demeanor and stature. Of course, the composer's own habit of regurgitating the same structures and orchestrations exaggerates this effect, but for the learned Horner collector, this score will be an undemanding and basically rewarding listening experience. There is absolutely nothing in House of Cards that is unique to this score, which is quite a statement given that it spans an interesting range of Horner's techniques from the period, but it exhibits a wholesome sense of wonder and goodness that is effective nevertheless. The composer does emphasize woodwinds more than usual here, using his regular specialty collaborators to provide well-mixed performances of pan flutes and traditional flutes to represent the girl's innocence. That tone is augmented by the strings, harp, percussion, and piano of the orchestra and electronic keyboarding to address the Mayan mysticism in ways not unfamiliar to Vibes and Where the River Runs Black.



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Total Time: 59:21
• 1. Opening Credits - The Processional (7:42)
• 2. Arriving Home (2:54)
• 3. Kindred Spirits (7:34)
• 4. The Quiero (2:47)
• 5. The Roof (4:14)
• 6. House of Cards (1:56)
• 7. Prime Numbers (4:22)
• 8. Near Accident (3:27)
• 9. Virtual Reality Pt. 1 (2:34)
• 10. Distant Memories (2:21)
• 11. Building the Helix (3:53)
• 12. Virtual Reality Pt. 2 (2:36)
• 13. The Dream (3:38)
• 14. Reunion in Time (6:03)
• 15. Closing Credits (3:27)

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The insert includes basic information about the score and film.
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