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The Remains of the Day
(1993)
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Composed and Produced by:
Richard Robbins

Conducted by:
Harry Rabonowitz

Orchestrated by:
Robert Stewart
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Angel Records
(November 9th, 1993)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you desire one of Richard Robbins' few truly engaging and cohesive scores for a movie from Merchant Ivory Productions, this one generating more interest in its motifs and instrumentation than most of its peers.

Avoid it... if you demand a competent recording and mixing of your film music, this score absolutely butchered on its album presentation to such a degree that the bass region is completely mangled and distorted beyond recognition.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,818
WRITTEN 2/21/12
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The Remains of the Day: (Richard Robbins) During the four decades of filmmaking by Merchant Ivory Productions, the times never got better than the early 1990's. The pair of Howards End and The Remains of the Day represented the pinnacle of achievements by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, earning substantial awards recognition for their style of filmmaking and raking in the greatest fiscal returns of their collaboration. To the benefit of the 1993 entry, The Remains of the Day, glowing response from Howards End and a reunion of lead actors Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson yielded tremendous interest in the otherwise fairly typical topic for the Merchant Ivory focus. Hopkins plays the head butler of a respected and stately 1930's English manor and his sole purpose in life is to preserve the tradition and order of the past in his supervision and teaching of the younger generation of servants. During his tenure, the owner of the estate engages in several high stakes political conferences at the residence, eventually revealing himself to be a Nazi appeaser and bringing disgrace to the manor. An even greater test for the butler is the arrival of the head housemaid played by Thompson, who eventually falls in love with the butler but is unable to coax the rigid man out of his dutiful persona. Decades later, after she leaves the employment of the manor, they reconcile to a degree but are left to contend with love unrealized as the butler returns to serve a new, American owner of the mansion (Christopher Reeve, in a notable appearance just before his paralyzing accident). Among the notable Merchant Ivory collaborators to return for duties on The Remains of the Day was composer Richard Robbins, who had split the series' assignments with Richard Bennett but who remains the better known name because of his work on the most famous entries. While Robbins' music for these movies was always serviceable, it never tended to draw attention to itself. In his two Oscar-nominated efforts, this and Howards End, his music was somewhat overshadowed by source placements in the film, though whereas the earlier score truly did not deserve its recognition, the original music for The Remains of the Day is far better in accomplishing its goals for the narrative. Never should you expect to be blown away by a Robbins score, and in this case, there are some disastrous sound issues as well, but this 1993 score does at least have some interesting ideas and lasting highlights. Unlike Howards End, which is a mess of a score in terms of cohesive development, this one is very tightly organized and features several smart rhythmic and instrumental techniques.



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Total Time: 49:23
• 1. Opening Titles, Darlington Hall (7:28)
• 2. The Keyhole and the Chinaman (4:13)
• 3. Tradition and Order (1:51)
• 4. The Conference Begins (1:33)
• 5. Sei Mir Gegrusst - written by Franz Schubert (4:13)
• 6. The Cooks in the Kitchen (1:34)
• 7. Sir Geoffrey Wren and Stevens, Sr. (2:40)
• 8. You Mean a Great Deal to This House (2:21)
• 9. Loss and Separation (6:20)
• 10. Blue Moon - written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (4:57)
• 11. Sentimental Love Story/Appeasement/In the Rain (5:23)
• 12. A Portrait Returns/Darlington Hall/End Credits (6:50)

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The insert includes background notes about the film, composer, and score, including some information from Robbins himself.
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