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Pope Joan (Die Päpstin)
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Marcel Barsotti

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ferran Cruixent
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Konigskinder Music
(October 23rd, 2009)
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Regular German release on CD and available via digital download internationally.
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Buy it... if you consistently appreciate conservative but beautiful historical melodrama of an engagingly tragic and harmonic personality.

Avoid it... if the resonating sound of restrained symphonic grandeur with solo and group choral lamentation is too stereotypical in its application to a religious setting to satisfy your desire for non-traditional approaches to otherwise predictable film scores.
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WRITTEN 1/26/10, REVISED 3/16/10
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Pope Joan (Die Päpstin): (Marcel Barsotti) There has long been speculation about the stories of a female Pope in the Middle Ages, and Catholics have been historically divided on whether this legend is fact or myth. Though most scholars believe the tale to be mere myth, the concept has yielded several stories that have explored the more romantic elements of its circumstances. A young woman born in Germany in the 9th Century disguises herself as a man and eventually ascends through the ranks of the Vatican to become the Pope. The stories of her life, written first in the 13th Century, always contain a concealed relationship that inevitably produces a pregnancy that, upon her horseback miscarriage, reveals her gender. From there, the legend either dictates that she dies in the process of the miscarriage or she is literally torn apart by angry mobs. A 1972 film graphically depicted the latter ending, though a 1996 novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross and its 2009 adaptation to German cinema chose the less violent alternative. No shortage of production difficulties plagued the relatively low-budget German endeavor; in fact, most of the news made by Pope Joan internationally involved either the changing of director and lead actress or the producers' lawsuit against their only major star, John Goodman, for abandoning them in favor of Speed Racer (the parties eventually settled and the actor returned to his role as Pope Sergius). With practically non-existent press outside of Europe and grosses in that continent only covering the production's cost, Pope Joan eluded most radar screens and eventually experienced a very limited art house distribution in America in January of 2010. Defying the odds and garnering some attention on its own is Pope Joan's score by Marcel Barsotti. Also an unknown in the international scene, Barsotti is a veteran of German television films dating back to 1995, rarely venturing into the domain of theatrical features. The Swiss-born composer in his 40's had not given any indication to the wider film music collecting community that he was capable of pulling off a major orchestral and choral score of a significantly overachieving scale, but Pope Joan is certainly that announcement.



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Average: 3.56 Stars
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Jacques - March 18, 2010, at 8:13 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 68:32
• 1. Pope Joan (Main Theme) (2:33)
• 2. Joanna's Theme (2:34)
• 3. Anno Domini 887 (2:20)
• 4. Dorstadt (1:29)
• 5. The Amulet (1:54)
• 6. Letters in the Forest (2:19)
• 7. Carnival (1:34)
• 8. Fulda (2:45)
• 9. The Envoy (1:28)
• 10. Ingelheim (1:59)
• 11. I Wanted You As My Wife (1:41)
• 12. Norman Assault (1:31)
• 13. Silent Wedding (2:38)
• 14. Like a Mustard Seed in the Garden (2:24)
• 15. Count Gerold's Pain (3:07)
• 16. Johannes Anglicus (3:46)
• 17. The Battle of Fontenoy (1:37)
• 18. Pope Sergius (2:19)
• 10. Pilgrimage to Rome (3:26)
• 20. Emperor Lothar (1:59)
• 21. Sacred Gates (1:32)
• 22. I'll Wait for You Here Every Evening at Sunset (2:21)
• 23. Ink for Shame (1:45)
• 24. Coronation (2:26)
• 25. Papa Populi (2:16)
• 26. Easter Ceremony (3:31)
• 27. Liber Pontificalis (2:39)
• 28. Pope Joan Suite (6:29)

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The insert includes extensive information in German about the score and film, with the exception of a short note from the author in English. The product is an enhanced CD with a short multimedia presentation about the score.
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