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Prince Valiant
(1997)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
David Bergeaud

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Co-Produced by:
Robin Esterhammer
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Perseverance Records
(January, 2003)
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Promotional release, with only 1,000 copies pressed. Only available through the label or soundtrack specialty outlets, the album sold out in late 2006.
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Buy it... if you are an avid "Prince Valiant" reader or a fan of campy adventure scores that remind you of the Golden Age of film music in their romantic heroism.

Avoid it... if your ears are finely tuned to only accept real symphonic action music on a large scale, and you don't want to spend extra money to hear otherwise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,213
WRITTEN 3/25/03, REVISED 3/22/09
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Prince Valiant (Prinz Eisenherz) (1997): (David Bergeaud) Harold R. Foster's Arthurian comic strip has remained popular for more than half a century on paper, and the concept has inspired both live-action and animated adaptations onto the screen. The classic 1954 Twentieth Century Fox version, with an impressive cast and bloated budget, was for a long time the only Prince Valiant representation on film. The 1990's brought new life to the comic in the form of an animated series that became a staple of The Family Channel. As could be predicted, the renewed attention to the series caused more interest to rise for the prospect of another live-action film. In 1997, director Anthony Hickox, who had envisioned a "Valiant gone James Bond" kind of twist on the story but encountered understandable resistance, eventually produced in Germany a more traditional rendering of the tale (the fact that it couldn't be filmed in its appropriate venue is just one of the many problems with authenticity that exists here). With dialogue in English, the film was quick in production, short on money, and creative in its special effects solutions, and to nobody's surprise, it disappeared from attention without the fanfare due to the concept. The task was just as fluid for composer David Bergeaud. Known best for his work on the television shows "Earth 2" and "The Outer Limits," Bergeaud was originally challenged to produce a Prince Valiant score that melded traditional orchestral elements with modern rock instrumentation. Whether such a creation would have turned into a precursor for Edward Shearmur's Johnny English in 2003 will never be known, because as the production of Prince Valiant ultimately focused more on a straight, non-Bond portrayal of Valiant, Bergeaud eventually dropped the rock elements and rendered a solely orchestral and similarly synthesized score. Given the film's dramatic post-production edits (which would require six months of additional work from the composer), the score's mere existence in its current form serves as testimony to Bergeaud's effort to rearrange his music into a serviceable form. It may not have catapulted Bergeaud's career the way similarly undersized productions functioned for the likes of James Horner and others, but it is worthy of investigation for fans of the concept.



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Average: 3.25 Stars
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A score which is full of interesting orchestral motifs and solutions
Sheridan - August 31, 2006, at 8:27 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:56
• 1. Main Title (2:02)
• 2. Arctic (2:41)
• 3. The Tournament (3:28)
• 4. The Joust (3:30)
• 5. Leaving Camelot (1:24)
• 6. Rainy Night (4:57)
• 7. The Castle (2:58)
• 8. The Duel (2:39)
• 9. Rescuing Gawain (2:11)
• 10. The Beach (1:12)
• 11. Tavern #1 (0:36)
• 12. Tavern #2 (3:18)
• 13. The Obelisk (1:39)
• 14. Pechet's Launch (1:13)
• 15. "I Want to Be a Knight" (1:28)
• 16. Final Confrontation (3:09)
• 17. Back to Life (1:50)
• 18. King Arthur's Blessing (1:33)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes vast details about the score and film, written by author Paul Tonks.
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