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Rob Roy
(1995)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Sonny Kompanek

Additional Music by:
Capercaillie
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Virgin Movie Music
(May 2nd, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to hear a Highland score more saturated in stereotypically Gaelic instrumentation and rhythms than perhaps any other Digital Age score.

Avoid it... if your patience for thematically redundant performances by Gaelic pipes, whistles, and fiddles (which tend to be more Irish than Scottish anyway) is within normal boundaries.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,086
WRITTEN 6/23/03, REVISED 3/31/09
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Rob Roy: (Carter Burwell) Within the span of a year in the middle of the 1990's, audiences were treated to several Highland epics, with Rob Roy followed by Braveheart and then Dragonheart. While Dragonheart would obviously occupy a different genre, Rob Roy matched Braveheart in its brutal historical depictions and the grim expression of graphically realistic force. Despite competent performances by Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, and Tim Roth, Rob Roy would suffer from the most constricted audience reaction of the three, and a vast majority of viewers eagerly sought the other two Highland films with an almost cultish fever. The same exact disparity in reaction was experienced by the score for Rob Roy, too. The James Horner and Randy Edelman scores (though light years away from each other in tone) would share monumental success while Carter Burwell's Rob Roy fell by wayside early in the race. Burwell wasn't immediately known at the time (or even in the decade following) for his lush and romantic scoring for grand vistas. At times, he could provide large scale themes for scenery (such as the grand, Western flavor of 1999's The Hi-Lo Country), but Burwell's career inclination points towards the more off-color projects of darker shades. Landing Rob Roy allowed Burwell to collaborate with several specialty musicians, including those of his own hiring and those belonging to the Gaelic group Capercaillie. Burwell also interpreted traditional Gaelic tunes with the help of that group and integrated their structures into his own heavily ethnic score. It is easy to determine from the outset that Burwell wanted to go over the top with his Gaelic influence on the otherwise orchestral score for Rob Roy. The work is saturated, from beginning to end, with the music of the general region, leaving precious few moments for the orchestral ensemble to express its own tribute to the beautiful cinematography on the screen. There are problems inherent in the distinction of the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, and some will be bothered by the fact that in a technical sense, much of this score's tone is Irish. Most casual ears won't care or even know the difference, which is a shame that exists as a debate for another occasion.



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164 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 29 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
** 32 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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Rob Roy, A Burwellian masterpiece,
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:55
• 1. Overture (Rob Roy/The Rieving Party) (4:40)
• 2. Home from the Hills (2:45)
• 3. Hard Earth - performed by Karen Matheson (2:08)
• 4. Procession for the Ill-used (1:38)
• 5. Blood Sport (1:15)
• 6. The Gaelic Reels* - written and performed by Capercaillie (1:06)
• 7. Ailein Duinn* - performed by Karen Matheson (2:36)
• 8. The Last Peaceful Night (1:50)
• 9. Troops in the Mist (1:14)
• 10. Honour Inflamed (3:19)
• 11. The Dispossessed (The Cave/Hard Home on the Moor) (2:02)
• 12. The Blunt Reels* - written and performed by Capercaillie (2:10)
• 13. Highland Justice (Call of the Claymore/Assize of the Gregorach) (2:57)
• 14. A Standing Stone, A Silk Purse (3:34)
• 15. Theid mi Dhachaigh (I'll Go Home)* - performed by Angus Grant and Karen Matheson (1:19)
• 16. Rannoch Moor Suite (Scorched Earth/Rannoch Moor Retreat/The Mists/Rob Come to Hand) (6:04)
• 17. Morag's Lament* - performed by Karen Matheson (0:50)
• 18. Born by Rapids (2:24)
• 19. Love and Death Suite (My Beloved/A Matter of Honor/Cunningham's End) (4:06)
• 20. Robert and Mary (3:14)
* not original score by Carter Burwell

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