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Igor
(2008)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Performed by:
The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra and Choir
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 30th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are attracted to Patrick Doyle's unyielding sense of lyricism, evident here in tones ranging from lovely solo piano to grandiose gothic harmony.

Avoid it... if you are not interested in editing out or otherwise rearranging the numerous slapstick cues in this score to assemble fifteen to twenty minutes of affable and surprisingly impressive music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,651
WRITTEN 9/9/09
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Igor: (Patrick Doyle) An attempt by MGM to compete in the animation genre during the 2008 summer season resulted in Igor, the kind of devious production that tried unsuccessfully to emulate the style of Tim Burton's morbidly rendered productions aimed at similar audiences. Unfortunately for Tony Leondis' lighthearted take on the mad scientist subgenre, Igor was too frightening for small kids but too dumb for adults, and without the kind of support from older kids and teenagers, it wasted a strong ensemble cast and degenerated into a series of pop-culture references. The story finally gives the most famous mad scientist's assistant his own spotlight, but despite all of Igor's own attempts to produce evil in the mould of his dead master, he manages to only yield positive results. His creature is a giant woman who only wants to perform on stage, for instance. The title character's worst intentions still manage to gain him a cute and cuddly persona, perhaps one of the film's more challenging hurdles. With a story that ultimately evolves into one of a theatre troop, the role of genre-defying music in a context of massive fantasy and horror tones had to be twisted into awkward combinations with vintage jazz and showtune sensibilities. Accepting the challenge of bringing all of these musical styles under one leaky roof was Patrick Doyle, who has claimed to always have had a soft spot for animation despite only rarely tackling the genre. Assignments such as this one allow for the kind of overblown creativity rarely allowed in other topics, though Doyle does resort to standard cartoon techniques at times. His work for Igor is indeed colorful in the musical spectrum, with tones ranging from grandiose, epic choral fright and solo soprano beauty to snazzy vintage lounge material and solo piano elegance. Some listeners will get hung up on the material that takes inspiration from Carl Stalling and other more recent masters of capturing the frenetic, unpredictable movement of the characters, and indeed Doyle provides enough wacky percussive effects and slapstick techniques to connect Igor to that style in about half of its cues. The trick to scores like this one, however, is to completely ignore these predictable portions and concentrate on the bursts of monumental orchestral force and thematic grace, together amounting to fifteen to twenty minutes of music. Undoubtedly, Igor is a score of spectacular highlights and eye-rolling detriments, and your ability to parse and rearrange the somewhat messy combination will determine your affinity for the work.



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Average: 3.31 Stars
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* 29 1 Stars
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Total Time: 61:29
• 1. Eva* (3:07)
• 2. Igor (4:47)
• 3. Scamper & Brain (2:30)
• 4. Schadenfreude (1:39)
• 5. Hi Heidi (1:05)
• 6. Except the King (1:41)
• 7. Evil Bone (3:30)
• 8. Blind Orphans (1:24)
• 9. Brain Wash (1:29)
• 10. Oven Bun (3:05)
• 11. Acting Me Me Me (1:58)
• 12. Cliff Chase (2:42)
• 13. Plucky Eva (3:15)
• 14. Opening Night Presents (3:45)
• 15. Hot Tub Rub (3:15)
• 16. Falling for Director (2:37)
• 17. Evil Science Fair (3:08)
• 18. Secret Passage (1:36)
• 19. Through the Clouds (2:12)
• 20. Let's Get Evil (1:17)
• 21. Evil Annie (6:52)
• 22. Malaria Community Theatre (2:34)
• 23. Wistful Thinking* (1:51)
* solo piano performances by Patrick Doyle

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