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Michael Collins
(1996)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhei

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl

Vocals by:
Sinead O'Connor
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Atlantic Classics
(October 1st, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2002.
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Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you have little interest in Elliot Goldenthal's dissonant, postmodern tendencies and instead seek one of the composer's more lyrical and harmonic listening experiences.

Avoid it... if you expect most of this score to be a picnic in the park, for it maintains an understandably weighty and downright ominous tone through all but two or three cues.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #637
WRITTEN 10/24/96, REVISED 9/16/08
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Michael Collins: (Elliot Goldenthal) Writer and director Neil Jordan reportedly held the story of Michael Collins in such high regard that he worked on it for thirteen years, eventually submitting it in the mid-1990's when he finally had the stature to make the film with the kind of surrounding talent he deemed necessary to ensure its success. The topic of the historic events of the formation of Ireland, the birth of the IRA, and the ensuing civil war of 1922 caused significant consternation at the time that Warner Brothers distributed the picture, though Michael Collins has always maintained a strong response from critics who overlook the minor alterations of historical fact and praise the outstanding performances by the cast. The production also proved once again that young, classical crossover composer Elliot Goldenthal was a genuine force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, with Michael Collins garnering him his second Academy Award nomination. While Goldenthal would not win the award in the decade (nor would he even be nominated again in the 1990's), the recognition that came with this score and Interview with a Vampire earned him a ticket to his eventual win for Frida. While Goldenthal had been criticized by the older generations of film score collectors for what may appear on the surface as a haphazard method of postmodern style in his writing, the composer has always produced a small handful of scores during all times in his career that stand apart as being among the best of their respective years. Along with Interview with a Vampire, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Frida, and (perhaps arguably) Heat, Michael Collins is one such entry that is strong enough, in fact, to finish in the top five scores of 1996 on many lists. Strangely, though, when you hear Goldenthal fans banter about their favorite scores by the composer, Michael Collins is only occasionally mentioned, and you have to wonder if the composer's embracing of a more harmonic stance in the score, in the process of opening it up to a wider general listening audience, disappointed Goldenthal's hardcore followers.

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Average: 3.53 Stars
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Total Time: 47:12
• 1. Easter Rebellion* (3:15)
• 2. Fire and Arms (1:41)
• 3. Train Station Farewell (1:56)
• 4. Winter Raid (2:38)
• 5. Elegy for a Sunday (3:07)
• 6. Football Match (1:50)
• 7. On Cats Feet (4:28)
• 8. Defiance and Arrest (1:50)
• 9. Train to Granard (1:31)
• 10. Boland Returns (Kitty's Waltz) (1:19)
• 11. His Majesty's Finest (2:11)
• 12. Boland's Death (1:39)
• 13. Home to Cork (1:19)
• 14. Civil War* (2:10)
• 15. Collin's Proposal (1:25)
• 16. An Anthem Deferred (1:45)
• 17. She Moved Through the Fair* (4:57)
• 18. Funeral/Coda (4:33)
• 19. Macushla (traditional) (3:29)
* includes performances by Sinead O'Connor

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