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Onegin
(1999)
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Composed and Produced by:
Magnus Fiennes

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Brian Gascoigne
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(January 25th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are familiar with the film itself and are seeking the intelligent collection of Russian folk and classical pieces used as source material in the story.

Avoid it... if you are taking a blind shot in the dark at Magnus Fiennes' score, a contribution that is largely inconsequential on the album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,002
WRITTEN 1/18/00, REVISED 7/8/08
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Onegin: (Magnus Fiennes) Based on famed Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin's "Yevgeny Onegin," the 1999 arthouse film Onegin is a predictable tragedy involving mistimed, unrealized love. Its setting in 19th century Russia is the most interesting aspect of the production, with values in cinematography and other technical elements that are extremely well presented. The film was the ultimate family affair; it represents the directorial debut of Martha Fiennes, who cast her star brother, Ralph Fiennes, in the title role of this film and asked her other brother, Magnus Fiennes, to write the score and, in turn, her sister Maya Fiennes performs the piano solos for that score. The story of Onegin is well known and won't rattle the cages for anyone still unfamiliar with it. A Russian aristocrat meets a girl in the countryside. Girl falls for boy. Boy rejects girl because he's not ready for marriage. Several years later, they happen upon each other again. Boy falls for girl. But girl is married and rejects him. It's the type of plotline that is so old by now that it alone cannot sustain a feature film. Thus, the Fiennes family attempted to make Onegin into a piece of art in each of its other parts, including its music. The director decided early not to attempt a conventional score for Onegin, instead using a combination of three elements to accentuate the basic emotions of mostly the film's setting: source music from the era, ambient sound design, and minimal original score. Because the director wanted to utilize music for the location that is as accurate as possible, a variety of period classical and folk pieces by Russian composers is scattered amongst original orchestral and electronic compositions by Magnus Fiennes. Some of the original Russian melodies have been arranged specially for performance in Onegin, while Fiennes' score offers just enough material in between to link the traditional themes together. Those traditional pieces were selected early in the process for actual usage within the film.



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Average: 3.05 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:16
• 1. Onegin's Theme (0:56)
• 2. Maldova - The Journey - traditional, performed by Loyko (3:46)
• 3. La Nouvelle Heloise (3:10)
• 4. The Peddler - traditional, performed by Sarah Gorby (3:31)
• 5. Unquiet Heart (1:25)
• 6. Svidayne (The Summerhouse) - traditional (1:52)
• 7. Name Day Waltz - performed by Parley of Instruments (2:12)
• 8. Duel (4:54)
• 9. Sketches (3:17)
• 10. Fantasy Waltz - traditional, performed by Parley of Instruments (3:40)
• 11. St. Petersburg Polonaise - traditional, performed by Parley of Instruments (3:13)
• 12. Strange Fellow (1:47)
• 13. The Devil's Trill - traditional (5:04)
• 14. Onegin's Letter (2:11)
• 15. Tatyana Skating (2:59)
• 16. Mir 1st So Wunderbar - from the 'Opera Fidello' (4:37)
• 17. Rejected (4:23)
• 18. Onegin's Theme (Reprise) (2:43)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about the music and film, written by the director and composer in October, 1999.
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