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Nicholas Nickleby
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 25th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a devoted collector of Rachel Portman's scores and completely forgive her obvious repetitions in dramatic style.

Avoid it... if you rid yourself of your copy of The Cider House Rules because it was too mundane in its predictably pleasant tones.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #794
WRITTEN 4/21/03, REVISED 3/4/09
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Nicholas Nickleby: (Rachel Portman) The late 2002 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby once again tells the tale of a young man attempting to cross the boundaries of social classes in storied London to reunite his family (despite, of course, the interference from a number of colorful characters on the sidelines). The production served up a star-studded cast of names from yesteryear and tomorrow, and it was touted as an Oscar contender by its studio, which released the film to coincide with the Academy Awards nomination season. In the end, however, Nicholas Nickleby didn't gain the widespread praise in arthouse venues that was hoped for, and the film sank from its limited widespread release relatively quickly. Like Dickens' writing, composer Rachel Portman's music is usually highly predictable, and nobody was surprised to see her name ultimately attached to this story. For a project that would seem to be a perfect fit for composer Stephen Warbeck (who had tackled Shakespeare in Love and A Christmas Carol not long prior and was an international favorite in the field), an equally logical choice was indeed Portman, whose period comedy and drama scores are best known in the form of the Academy Award-winning Emma and The Cider House Rules. With a touch of comedic flair and lavish costumes, Nicholas Nickleby would require little new exploration of style from Portman, with the bulk of the material needing a pleasant tone, playful demeanor, and melodic heart. Portman's response to the film was to do exactly as you'd expect her to: reprise and rearrange her previous work to fit a similar picture. Her fans will recognize the characteristic sound immediately, and depending on your tolerance of her obviously repetitious styles, Nicholas Nickleby may be too much of the same. The score caused the question of originality to be raised once again: if a sound works well enough in a genre, does blatant repetition really matter? To Portman's collectors, it didn't seem to at the time, for the album performed reasonably well in its first few months of release. This fact reinforced the belief that Portman fans were inclined to purchase her music regardless of her lack of stylistic exploration.



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Average: 3.27 Stars
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That guy on the cover is.......disturbing........ *NM* *NM*   Expand >>
Joe Irvin - April 24, 2003, at 5:11 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:04
• 1. Main Titles (5:35)
• 2. Journey to Dotheboys (1:09)
• 3. Dear Mr. Knuckleboy (0:51)
• 4. The Forest (1:08)
• 5. Smike by the Stove (1:13)
• 6. More Jobs for Smike (2:10)
• 7. Squeers Captures Smike (2:00)
• 8. You Are my Home (1:02)
• 9. Kate's Tears (0:59)
• 10. Fanny Music (1:11)
• 11. Ladies and Gentleman (0:51)
• 12. Poison Roots to You (0:47)
• 13. Nicholas Looks for Work (0:59)
• 14. Smike is Captured (0:57)
• 15. "A Man Named Bray" (1:16)
• 16. Smike in his Room (2:42)
• 17. Journey to Devonshire (1:18)
• 18. Brooker (0:59)
• 19. Smike Dies (2:25)
• 20. Nicholas Proposes (1:59)
• 21. At Last I Can Say It (1:12)
• 22. End Titles (6:40)

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