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Kate & Leopold
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:
Rolfe Kent

Conducted by:
William Stromberg

Orchestrated by:
Tony Blondal
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(February 26, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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The Sting song "Until..." was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you have caught pieces of Rolfe Kent's music for comedies on several inadequate soundtrack albums and desire a product that finally does justice to his work.

Avoid it... if you're placing all your hopes on Sting's song for the film, because it fails to exude the same enticing, genre-bending personality of the score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #695
WRITTEN 3/22/02, REVISED 2/25/09
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Kate & Leopold: (Rolfe Kent) After several years without audiences tasting the fruits of a fluffy Meg Ryan romantic comedy, the unlikely pairing of director James Mangold and Miramax Films brought the affable actress back into the genre that made her famous. A little science fiction comes with her co-star Hugh Jackman as well; he plays a duke in 1876 who is accidentally sent through time to 2001 New York City and, despite misunderstandings and less than perfect intentions at each corner, the two predictably fall into each others' arms. The film's generally positive reception (despite poor long term recognition) was matched for the most part by its soundtrack. Becoming a staple of the light comedy scoring genre, composer Rolfe Kent was quickly asserting his position as a reliable and frequent composer for films that existed on the edge of the mainstream, including several entries during the early 2000's that, for a short time, elevated his status. The romantic holiday season production of Kate & Leopold ranked among the most popular that Kent had been associated with to that point in his career. Despite the hopes of Miramax, the project's star power and flighty love story may not have sustained the film to the same level as Ryan's other similarly targeted offerings, but it still managed a strong enough box office showing to gain the Sting song for the film, "Until...," the recognition necessary for the awards season. The moderate success of the film, as well as Sting's contribution, also caused a much deserved album release for the score by Kent. With his film scores rarely experiencing a lengthy release, Milan Record's pressing of this score was much welcomed. Kent's work is geared perfectly towards the lighter side of comedy; his scores are often orchestral, though only moderately sized in depth. Kate & Leopold is a Seattle recording, for instance, and while the scores produced in the Northwest are often suitable for this exact kind of film, listeners have been known to complain about the lack of "oomph" that players from that region provide. Nevertheless, for Kate & Leopold, the performances never need more than the prescribed amount of power to bring life to Kent's lighter touch. The score varies from the realm of straight romantic drama in its opening theme to an obvious balance between the waltz and march-like period style of Leopold, and the modern, urban jazz of Kate. The key to the success of Kent's work for Kate & Leopold is the seamless integration of all these musical genres.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 35:25
• 1. Until... - performed by Sting (3:12)
• 2. A Clock in New York (1:25)
• 3. I Want Him Resplendent (1:26)
• 4. Leopold Chases Stuart to Brooklyn (1:54)
• 5. That Was Your Best? (1:17)
• 6. Let's Go! (3:13)
• 7. Leopold Sees the Completed Bridge (0:48)
• 8. You Did So Great (Kate's Theme) (1:18)
• 9. Galloping (1:21)
• 10. Dearest Kate... (2:13)
• 11. Prolixin/Leopold & Charlie Buy Flowers (2:20)
• 12. Charlie Wins Patrice, Leopold Wins Kate (3:41)
• 13. Secret Drawer (2:01)
• 14. Time for Bed (2:14)
• 15. Charlie Realizes Leopold Was for Real (1:30)
• 16. Kate Goes to the Awards (2:24)
• 17. Kate Sees the Pictures - "I Have to Go" (2:54)
• 18. You Have to Cross the Girder (1:51)
• 19. Back in 1876 - Waltz (2:12)
• 20. Back Where I Belong - performed by Jula Bell (2:48)

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