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Possession
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Produced, and Performed by:

Conducted by:
Harry Rabinowitz

Co-Produced by:
Graham Walker
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RCA Victor
(August 20th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Gabriel Yared's ability to consistently provide high quality, emotionally distraught, aesthetically beautiful, orchestrally rich, and occasionally powerful music for dramatic settings.

Avoid it... if you have no tolerance for Yared's strict adherence to a subdued and often glum romantic classicism that often restrains the appeal of his works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,110
WRITTEN 12/7/02, REVISED 2/27/09
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Possession: (Gabriel Yared) Following his critical success with the contemporary story of Nurse Betty, director Neil LaBute adapted the A.S. Byatt tale Possession, in which two young university professors uncover a plethora of love letters written by two Victorian era poets who were attempting to pursue a romance despite the strict societal mores of the time. While the two poets reach out to each other, so do the two professors in modern times as they travel in search of the complete story of the two poets. The film conveys a distinct sense duality during its shifts between time periods, showing audiences both pairs of characters as they evolve and drawing predictable but still satisfying connections between them. The music for the film, therefore, was met with the challenge of appealing to the sensibilities of modern audiences while also serving the needs of the Victorian poets' romance. Although his activity in the Hollywood and larger American film scene had been limited, accomplished classical European composer Gabriel Yared was hired to produce the music for the project. His previous scores for similar subject matter had been, if not successful, at least consistent in their postmodern statements of classical ideas with origins in the history of film music. His Academy Award winning score for The English Patient began a widespread awareness of this sound, and it was further explored in Message in a Bottle and The Talented Mr. Ripley. A solid example of Yared's ability to provide a melancholy backdrop for a contemporary, urban setting remains Autumn in New York, a score rich with solemn texture. The task of appealing to the ears of modern audiences while also appeasing the need for a Victorian score was handled with a simple orchestral touch by Yared, a sound that will very likely appeal to avid collectors of the composer's works.



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Average: 3.28 Stars
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Total Time: 67:02
• 1. Possesso (Aria) - performed by Ramon Vargas (5:04)
• 2. The British Museum (2:10)
• 3. Gentle Possession (5:27)
• 4. Discovering the Letters (3:23)
• 5. Maud and Roland in North Yorkshire (3:20)
• 6. Christabel's Room (1:59)
• 7. Maud and Roland (3:41)
• 8. Blanche's Diary (1:58)
• 9. Etude to Christabel (2:36)
• 10. Let Down Your Hair (3:51)
• 11. Dolly Hides a Secret (2:42)
• 12. Possession (5:14)
• 13. Reading the Letters (5:17)
• 14. Blanche's Suicide (2:11)
• 15. Exile in Brittany (2:27)
• 16. Renewed Correspondence (4:05)
• 17. You Have a Daughter (2:26)
• 18. Journey to Whitby (1:47)
• 19. A Hotel Room in Whitby (1:54)
• 20. Poignant Thoughts (1:56)
• 21. Possession (Full Orchestra) (3:26)

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The insert includes a lengthy note from director Neil LaBute about the film and score.
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