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The Queen
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus

Co-Produced by:
Emmanuel Chamboredon
Ian Hierons
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(September 26th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.




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Buy it... if you want an upbeat variant on Alexandre Desplat's score for Birth, or you appreciated the score's light touch in the film itself.

Avoid it... if you expect any sense of regal authority or genuine sorrow extending from Desplat's surprisingly flighty and prickly score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,095
WRITTEN 1/24/07
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The Queen: (Alexandre Desplat) With high critical acclaim, Stephen Frears' examination of the British government and Royal Family's reaction to the death of Princess Diana in 1997 has swept The Queen into a substantial number of bids for major awards. Most of the media attention worldwide after the tragic event was focused on the circumstances of the crash that killed the princess, as well as the public's overwhelming outpouring of emotion in response. But in the United Kingdom, there was controversy about how the Royal Family dealt with the death. Frears' film depicts the responses by both Queen Elizabeth II and newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair, especially addressing the seemingly cold and distant behavior of the Queen herself. Of particular note in the film has been its acting performances, with outstanding praise for Helen Mirren's title performance, and the original score by the increasingly popular French composer Alexandre Desplat. Since 2003, Desplat has written scores across many genres for increasingly notable films, ranging from his initial hit, Girl With a Pearl Earring, to his action and suspense scores of the past year, Hostage and Firewall. Compared to all these other efforts, Desplat's music for The Queen is not flashy nor particularly impressive, but its service towards the restrained distinction of the film has been successful in garnering award nominations. Desplat's approach to the score would have to answer the same questions that countless composers before have grappled with, determining where to draw the line between the classical tradition of royalty and the sensibilities of the modern ears in the audiences. The task has been accomplished with great popularity before (George Fenton's Ever After: A Cinderella Story comes to mind), and Desplat would handle the situation by balancing the rhythmic movement associated with waltzes and high society, as well as some predictable instrumentation (such as a harpsichord), with his typically array of electronics and a generally more accessible style of presenting his rhythms.



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Average: 3.12 Stars
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An idiosyncratic score   Expand >>
Sheridan - January 26, 2007, at 12:57 p.m.
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Newest: January 26, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. by
Jonathan Broxton
Alternate review of The Queen at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - January 26, 2007, at 9:41 a.m.
1 comment  (2282 views)
I really like this score
thw - January 25, 2007, at 10:21 p.m.
1 comment  (2053 views)
Hmmm... seems to miss the point
franz_conrad - January 25, 2007, at 6:02 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:19
• 1. The Queen (2:09)
• 2. Hills of Scotland (2:25)
• 3. People's Princess I (4:08)
• 4. A New Prime Minister (1:55)
• 5. H.R.H. (2:22)
• 6. The Stag (1:50)
• 7. Mourning (3:50)
• 8. Elizabeth & Tony (2:04)
• 9. River of Sorrow (1:59)
• 10. The Flowers of Buckingham (2:28)
• 11. The Queen Drives (1:48)
• 12. Night in Balmoral (1:09)
• 13. Tony & Elizabeth (2:04)
• 14. People's Princess II (4:08)
• 15. Queen of Hearts (3:33)
• 16. Libera Me - performed by Lynne Dawson and the BBC Singers (6:27)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extremely brief notes from the composer and director about the score.
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