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Oliver Twist
(2005)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
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Sony Classical
(September 20th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your interest could be captured by a significantly ominous, minor key variation on Portman's usual string and woodwind leanings.

Avoid it... if no variation on Portman's lush, upbeat styles (which make an appearance here as well) will cause you to expand your collection of her works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #824
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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Oliver Twist: (Rachel Portman) Charles Dicken's first full novel was published in 1838, and as such, Oliver Twist is among the author's better known stories about early 19th-century London. It has been put onto the big screen several times, including most notably Sir David Lean's classic 1948 version and the Academy Award winning musical adaptation of the stage hit Oliver! in 1968. There are subthemes that not only connect the 2005 version by Roman Polanski to his previous film, The Pianist, but also to the director's own childhood. Polanski's intent in remaking Oliver Twist once again was to place an emphasis on the humor and eccentricities of the larger-than-life characters rather than get caught up in the doom and gloom of the destitute side of life in London at time. The usual score collaborator for Polanski, Wojciech Kilar, has taken a leave of absence from film music, which is unfortunate, given that Kilar's often dark sensibilities would seem to suit the Dickens story quite well. If you immediately turn and see that romance-writing veteran Rachel Portman has replaced Kilar, a certain amount of head scratching is warranted. But if you take Polanski's words to heart (that he wanted to make his Oliver Twist a profile of quirky characters), then perhaps a more sinister variation on Portman's Addicted to Love is exactly what's needed. Portman's career has been steadily retaining its strength since her initial Academy Award win almost a decade ago, with her first Emmy nomination coming earlier this year and several feature scores that maintain the status quo of her viability in Hollywood. While Oliver Twist hasn't proven to be the success that Polanski always has the potential of producing, Portman's score (performed with intent by the impressive City of Prague Philharmonic) is predictably solid in its intended place. For experts of Dickens' sour tales, the important thing to remember here is that Polanski and Portman met Dickens in the middle, so the assignment is not quite as awkward as one might first believe.



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Keep the balance between the darker and the more optimistic elements
Sheridan - December 16, 2006, at 9:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:18
• 1. Streets of London (2:01)
• 2. The Road to the Workhouse (3:03)
• 3. A Kind Old Woman (2:05)
• 4. Oliver Runs Away (2:31)
• 5. The Artful Dodger (1:49)
• 6. Fagin's Loot (2:55)
• 7. The Game (2:15)
• 8. Oliver Learns the Hard Way (5:39)
• 9. Watching Mr Brownlow's House (2:17)
• 10. The Escape from Fagin (1:13)
• 11. Prelude to a Robbery (1:49)
• 12. The Robbery (5:09)
• 13. Toby and the Wounded Oliver (1:20)
• 14. Nancy's Secret Journey (2:29)
• 15. The Murder (2:28)
• 16. Wanted: Bill Sykes and a Fierce Dog (2:50)
• 17. The Death of Bill Sykes (6:12)
• 18. Newgate Prison (5:21)

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