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Composed and Produced by:
Charlie Mole

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Bell
James Shearman
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Varèse Sarabande
(December 19th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if gloomy, depressing scores of exotic and orchestral beauty feed your hunger for tragic melodrama, Charlie Mole's first major career score an essential entry in any collection of music for Shakespearian adaptations.

Avoid it... if the resounding elegance of deeply brooding film music has no place in your otherwise bright and cheery life.
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WRITTEN 2/27/12
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Othello: (Charlie Mole) For those with a morbid sense of humor, there is reason to embrace William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice." It has all the deceit, betrayal, and sex that one could wish from a tale of interpersonal turmoil. Sent from the Venetian Republic of the 16th Century, its characters spend most of the play in emotional and physical battle on the island of Cyprus. The titular character is a Moorish general in the Venetian army, deployed on his mission to Cyprus to ward off a Turkish threat that was ultimately destroyed by a storm before his forces arrive. While celebrating on the island, a series of events unfolds due to the power struggles and romantic jealousy that exist between several important officers. An ensign (Iago) and a lieutenant (Cassio) both seek higher rank and the former uses his own wife (Emilia) and Othello's wife (Desdemona) in a complicated plot of adultery to benefit his own chances for ascendency despite pretending to be Othello's most loyal officer. As you would expect, the story ends tragically, with unnecessary killings of major characters and bittersweet confessions of love unheeded. The story had been adapted to film six times before the 1995 version by novice director Oliver Parker, but his Othello was noted as being the first major Hollywood adaptation of the concept to appropriately cast a black man in the lead role. Laurence Fishburne had the honor of portraying Othello, and highly acclaimed in his continued presence in the realm of Shakespeare was Kenneth Branagh in the role of Iago. Parker's Othello truncated some lines as necessary for the film, though he also added several scenes of visual importance (sans dialogue), including gratuitous interludes of sex and a somewhat unnecessary burial scene at the end. Regardless of positive critical response, the film suffered during its limited theatrical release and did not come close to recouping its $11 million budget. One of the unexpectedly impressive aspects of Othello is its score, composed by the then completely unknown British songwriter Charlie Mole. First as a member of a band and then as a songwriter for other artists, Mole eventually sought a career in composing music primarily for television, a medium in which he solidified his career in the 2000's. Representing his breakthrough assignment, Othello unfortunately proved to be the arguable pinnacle of his career in feature assignments, Mole never again achieving this level of mainstream recognition on the big screen (despite the film's total failure). This turn of events is something of a tragedy itself, given the quality that he produced for Othello.

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Total Time: 58:26
• 1. Main Title ("Tis certain then for Cyprus") (3:12)
• 2. The Garden ("She loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she did pity them") (1:22)
• 3. The Arrival ("Hell and night must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light") (3:37)
• 4. Torch Dance ("Villainous thoughts, Roderigo") (2:39)
• 5. Revelry ("The purchase made, the fruits are to ensue") (4:16)
• 6. The Fight ("Cassio, I love thee, but never more be officer of mine") (4:24)
• 7. Divinity of Hell ("So will I turn her virtue into pitch and out of her own goodness, make the net that shall enmesh them all") (3:37)
• 8. Flashback ("and yet how nature erring from itself") (3:08)
• 9. The Beach ("give me a living reason she's disloyal") (1:01)
• 10. The Fit ("as he shall smile Othello shall go mad") (2:14)
• 11. Behind Bars ("how shall I murder him Iago") (2:06)
• 12. The Turret ("Do it not with poison, strangle her in her bed") (2:03)
• 13. Go! ("Swear thou art honest") (2:16)
• 14. The Prayer ("I cannot say whore") (1:52)
• 15. The Well (1:11)
• 16. The Willow Song ("he she loved proved mad and did forsake her") (2:05)
• 17. It is the Cause ("one more and this the last, so sweet was ne'er so fatal") (3:30)
• 18. Desdamona's Death ("kill me tomorrow, let me live tonight") (3:30)
• 19. Iago's Stabbing ("I bleed sir but not killed, from this time forth I never will speak word") (1:35)
• 20. Burial ("I kiss thee ere I killed thee, no way but this, killing myself, to die upon a kiss") (3:44)
• 21. End Credits (4:33)

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The otherwise sparse insert includes a short note from the composer about the score.
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