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March of the Penguins
(2005)
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Composed and Produced by:
Alex Wurman

Conducted by:
Jeffrey Schindler

Orchestrated by:
Tom Calderaro
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(July 12th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you prefer your penguin music to be intimate, and your Antarctic music to be minimalistically desolate.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the epic sounds of George Fenton or John Barry representing the grand scope of Antarctica's vistas.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,160
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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March of the Penguins: (Alex Wurman) Not the first and probably not the last documentary made about the yearly cycle of life for a penguin, French filmmaker Luc Jacquet's March of the Penguins was originally released in his own country with a quirky electronic score by Emilie Simon. Picked up for a major theatrical release in the United Stated, it features the narration of Morgan Freeman and a new score by Media Ventures product Alex Wurman. With word of mouth publicity that eventually spilled over into major network news, March of the Penguins became the second-highest grossing documentary of all time in America and was still raking in theatrical profits six months after its release. While the quality of the film is very strong, humanity's fascination with the cute and cuddly penguins persists (even when we see some of those old National Geographic shows when hundreds of them slide down giant ice mountains over cliffs... sometimes to their deaths, and people still seem to love it). As lovable as any IMAX style nature documentary, March of the Penguins is well executed on every level and truly merits its financial reward. After the monumental success of some of the television and feature film documentaries relating to other water creatures in recent years, it's hard not to become attached to George Fenton's massively orchestral approach for the Blue Planet stories. Quite to the contrary, Alex Wurman tackled March of the Penguins with a far more intimate touch in mind. Rather than scoring the vistas in the usual IMAX fashion of flowing orchestral beauty, Wurman interprets the desolate realities of Antarctic weather rather than the perspective of that scenery from the warmth of a theatre seat. He splits his attention between this and the intimate and cute portrayals of the penguins themselves, with a rhythmic movement that mirrors that of those penguins.



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Alternative review of Emile Simon's score
Joep - September 1, 2006, at 3:14 a.m.
1 comment  (1472 views)
One of the most beautiful scores of the year.   Expand >>
Jockolantern - November 28, 2005, at 10:59 p.m.
2 comments  (2289 views)
Newest: December 5, 2005, at 8:45 a.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:31
• 1. The Harshest Place on Earth (3:56)
• 2. Walk Not Alone (0:41)
• 3. The March (5:22)
• 4. Found Love (3:59)
• 5. The Egg Arrives (2:27)
• 6. The Mothers' Second Journey (2:01)
• 7. Arrival at the Sea (3:12)
• 8. Walk Through Darkness (6:19)
• 9. First Steps (3:19)
• 10. The Dangers Remain (3:15)
• 11. Reunited (2:17)
• 12. Going Home for the First Time (4:43)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a note from Wurman about the score.
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