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Restoration
(1995)
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
Artie Cane
Rick Wentworth
Robert Zeigler

Orchestrated by:
Geoff Alexander
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz
Brad Dechter

Produced by:
Michael Mason
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(January 16th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate intelligent adaptations of baroque style into a modern, richly melodic, and powerfully performed score.

Avoid it... if you've never cared for the 17th Century style of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, for such works both exist as source material throughout the film and are the basis for the original score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #725
WRITTEN 3/25/00, REVISED 4/22/07
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Restoration: (James Newton Howard) Based on the novel by Rose Tremain, Restoration applies its title to both England and to its title character. The film is set in the storied 1660's, during the return of Charles II to the English thrown and the lavish excesses of society until London burned later in the decade. Against this backdrop is the story of a physician whose rise and fall from grace is both tragic and comical. In the leading role, Robert Downey Jr. exercises his talents in medicine but unfortunately falls for the King's mistress. His banishment and improbable return is decidedly positive in spirit, and despite a few factual kinks in the storyline (as well as Meg Ryan's miscasting in a major role), Restoration was generally well-received. Because of the story's lack of authenticity, the film never gained the long-term success of the other British period films of the 1990's, including the Jane Austen adaptations. One of the film's great ironies is that while much of the story was fictionalized and almost inappropriate for the era, the sets, costumes, and original score were all very well suited to a more seriously dramatic picture along the same lines. Composer James Newton Howard had never scored this kind of period piece in his expanding career, one that had spent considerable time in the darker action realms. With that fact in mind, Howard claims to have done extensive research on this segment of period music before beginning his assignment. The target of his research was Henry Purcell and his piece "If Love's a Sweet Passion" from "The Fairy Queen" in particular. Along with other Purcell accomplishments and the work of Marin Marais, Howard's study of 17th Century music from the region would allow his score to weave in and out of actual source references to those pieces in the film. He would use the structure of "If Love's a Sweet Passion," among other usual techniques of the time, to form the title theme for his underscore. While his baroque adaptations are both competent and enjoyable in Restoration, it's the gravity of his dramatic underscore in the film's second half that steals the spotlight.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:23
• 1. If Love's a Sweet Passion (from 'The Fairy Queen' by Henry Purcell) (1:31)
• 2. Main Titles (2:58)
• 3. Frost Dance in C (from 'King Arthur' by Henry Purcell) (1:34)
• 4. A Night with Lulu (1:21)
• 5. Minuet in G (from 'Abdelazer' by Henry Purcell) (0:53)
• 6. Here the Deities Approve (from 'Ode Welcome to All the Pleasures' by Henry Purcell) (2:28)
• 7. A Creature of the New Age (1:09)
• 8. Overture in D (from 'The Fairy Queen' by Henry Purcell) (2:25)
• 9. The Wedding (1:39)
• 10. Horn Pipe in D Minor (from 'The Fairy Queen' by Henry Purcell) (1:26)
• 11. Arrival in Bidnold (1:08)
• 12. The Cabinet of Curiosities (2:54)
• 13. The Land of Mar (1:10)
• 14. The Lie (1:19)
• 15. A New Ground in E Minor (harpsicord transcription by Henry Purcell) (0:53)
• 16. Merivel Woos Celia (2:26)
• 17. Katharine Sleeps (3:23)
• 18. Taking Bidnold Back (1:35)
• 19. Muzette 1 in A Minor (from '3e Livre Pieces de Viole' by Marin Marais) (2:57)
• 20. The Right Knowledge (2:06)
• 21. The Plague (2:10)
• 22. Katharine's Death (4:37)
• 23. Night Sweats (3:03)
• 24. Hospital (2:54)
• 25. Doctor Merivel (1:50)
• 26. Listening to Celia's Heart (1:39)
• 27. The Fire (3:18)
• 28. Allegro from Sinonia (from 'The Indian Queen' by Henry Purcell) (1:19)
• 29. Your Child I Believe (1:12)
• 30. Newcastle (Traditional) (0:38)
• 31. 2nd Overture in D (from 'King Arthur' by Henry Purcell) (1:28)

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