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Othello (Ballet)
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
Emil de Cou

Performed by:
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Produced by:
Joel Iwataki
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 2nd, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Elliot Goldenthal's postmodern orchestral tendencies brutally expressed, uninhibited by the scene changes or dialogue that would guide a film score.

Avoid it... if Goldenthal's usual style of challenging dissonance and atonality bother you to any minor degree in his film scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,152
WRITTEN 7/13/03, REVISED 3/27/09
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Othello (Ballet): (Elliot Goldenthal) Many casual film music enthusiasts were unaware that there is a reason for Elliot Goldenthal's rather sparse ten-year career in film score composition during the 1990's. The lack of a prolific scoring career has been due largely to an equally active career for commissioned projects such as concerts, chamber pieces, and ballets, with these venues dominating the composer's efforts of the 2000's. The mid-1990's were years that featured several large-scale commissioned works from Goldenthal, too, and the huge symphonic piece "Fire Water Paper" in 1996 led to a handful of projects directed by his wife, Julie Taymor. His theatrical writings also achieved recognition by the Tony awards for "Juan Darien," and his small arthouse scores have been performed during plays around the country. His chamber pieces, written usually for a specific occasion, have been performed in countless venues as well. While many of these concert works existed on album during the time of the composer's most prolific soundtrack output due a contract between Goldenthal and the Sony Classical label, his work for the "Othello" ballet in 1998 was released on album by Varèse Sarabande at the time of its opening. Writing for the San Francisco Ballet's own orchestra and recording the accompaniment in one of the nation's premiere symphony halls, "Othello" was a monumental undertaking for Goldenthal and the producing American Ballet Theatre. The famous Shakespearian story of Othello is arguably one of the most intriguing tragedies in modern times, and in a three-year span alone, there were three modern musical adaptations of the Othello story. Along with Goldenthal's ballet score in 1998, a feature 1995 film scored by Charlie Mole and a delayed 1998 interpretation by Jeff Danna would draw up polarizing, dark orchestral visions of the same tale (with Mole's work featuring a stunning end title cue). The three scores couldn't be more different in style, but the basic emotions of revenge, lust, and deceit all remain intact as a necessity. Goldenthal in particular was strongly inclined towards the unpleasant nature of brooding avant garde music at the time, so "Othello" was a natural project for his sensibilities to tackle more than any other.

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Average: 3.13 Stars
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I love Goldenthal, just not this
Saul Blume - November 16, 2005, at 8:19 a.m.
1 comment  (1365 views)
Another Goldenthal masterpiece!
Fernando Giménez Moreno - March 4, 2004, at 5:34 a.m.
1 comment  (1634 views)
As good as Stravisnky or Bartok *NM*
Diego - December 6, 2003, at 8:18 p.m.
1 comment  (1387 views)
Thanks, Christian.
Jockolantern - August 1, 2003, at 4:42 p.m.
1 comment  (1078 views)
Some thoughts.
Chris Tilton - July 31, 2003, at 12:46 a.m.
1 comment  (1189 views)
Who authorized this idiot Filmtracks reviewer to comment on Goldenthal's genius?   Expand >>
Derrick N. Overton - July 30, 2003, at 8:40 p.m.
11 comments  (3743 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 71:11
Act I:
• 1. Sarabande (3:12)
• 2. Entrada (2:24)
• 3. Carnival Dance (2:09)
• 4. Cassio (2:36)
• 5. Formal Court Dance (5:09)
• 6. Othello and Desdemona (6:08)
• 7. Zigzag Dance (1:47)
• 8. Iago and Emilia (5:06)

Act II:
• 9. Storm and Ship's Arrival (8:51)
• 10. Tarantella (14:12)

Act III:
• 11. Lies and Variations (7:44)
(Lies and Variations/Iago and Othello/Othello's Solo Dance)
• 12. Desdemona's Prayer (5:25)
• 13. Adagietto and Coda Agitato (6:25)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes information about each section of the ballet, as well as notes regarding Goldenthal's varied career.
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