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Der Medicus (The Physician)
(2013)
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Composed by:
Ingo Ludwig Frenzel

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Bernd Wefelmeyer

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andreas Lange
Tom Stower
Tilo Heinrich

Performed by:
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg

Consortium Vocale Berlin E.V.

Additional Music and Vocals by:
Schirin Partowi
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Colosseum Music Entertainment
(December 13th, 2013)
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Regular European release on CD, available digitally internationally.
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Buy it... if you appreciate thematically rich, ethnically diverse scores of introspective beauty and occasional full ensemble romanticism, in this case yielding a handful of stunning cues.

Avoid it... if you cannot handle scores for which the best thematic ideas were those rejected from the picture, one outstanding vocal recording made during the production process not included on the album alongside the other alternate cues.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,475
WRITTEN 1/20/14
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Der Medicus (The Physician): (Ingo Ludwig Frenzel) Among the better cinematic successes produced in Germany in 2013 was Der Medicus, a partly government subsidized, English-language adaptation of the novel "The Physician" by American author Noah Gordon. That novel has long been highly regarded throughout Europe since its debut in the 1980's, though it never really found an audience in the United States. It figures, therefore, that Philipp Stolzl's big screen version of the tale was a sensation primarily in Germany, despite a few liberties taken with the facts of the story. The book and film tell of a young English man who develops an interest in the advanced medicines of the Middle East, which at the time was more advanced due to its evolved methods from the Greeks. European medicine during the Middle Ages had regressed thanks in large part to religious stupidity (is anyone still surprised by this?), and the film depicts Persia as the location where the aspiring doctor learns from a legendary medical teacher portrayed by none other than Ben Kingsley. While the story is by no means one without turbulence (religion and power struggles eventually pillage the medical community of the Middle East), there is redemption in both the love story and the saving of the medical lessons learned in Persia for transference to England. The score for Der Medicus was written by Ingo Ludwig Frenzel, a German in his late 40's who is a two-decade veteran of a variety of feature and short films, as well as projects for television. Credited often as Ingo Frenzel, the composer has struck some moderate notoriety in Europe for a few of his assignments but has yet to break through outside the continent. It's unlikely that Der Medicus will change that reality despite the film's regional success, though it should certainly place him on the radar of film score collectors. The score's release by Colosseum Music Entertainment, the European sibling of Varèse Sarabande, helps further his cause, providing 72 minutes of the score for Der Medicus on CD.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 72:42
• 1. The Physician (Suite) (8:47)
• 2. Nursing the Barber Surgeon (1:56)
• 3. Farewell at the Coast (3:28)
• 4. Karim's Demise (3:23)
• 5. The Desert - Trapped (4:05)
• 6. Rebecca (3:43)
• 7. Balcony Scene - The Shah (3:52)
• 8. Caring for Rebecca (3:11)
• 9. Plague-Infected Fleas (2:23)
• 10. Waiting for the Black Death - Stone Cross (2:46)
• 11. Rescue - Vision - Leaving Isfahan (2:43)
• 12. Capitulation (1:27)
• 13. Student's Life (2:55)
• 14. Balcony Scene (2:25)
• 15. Lion Hunting (2:10)
• 16. Ibn Sina's Passing (3:06)

Alternative Versions and Sketches: (18:19)
• 17. Main Theme (Alternative Versions) (2:15)
• 18. Dissection (2:45)
• 19. The Desert (2:07)
• 20. The Physician Theme (4:37)
• 21. Middle Ages Theme (1:41)
• 22. Medicine Theme (1:23)
• 23. The Bitter Price (3:32)

• 24. Main Theme Title Sequence (The Physician Main Theme - Final Version) (2:05)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note about the score from the composer as well as a breakdown of the themes in the first suite track.
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