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The Secret Garden
(1993)
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Composed and Produced by:
Zbigniew Preisner

Conducted by:
Wojciech Michniewski
Stanislaw Kravceyski
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 31st, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a safe initial taste of Zbigniew Preisner's film scoring career, a restrained, respectful, and beautiful expression of intimate classical romanticism with a slightly folksy personality.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the Linda Ronstadt song adaptation of Preisner's themes heard over the movie's end credits, the score-only album crushingly lacking this necessary and redeeming part of the soundtrack.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,832
WRITTEN 2/22/12
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The Secret Garden: (Zbigniew Preisner) Now considered to be among author Frances Hodgson Burnett's most famous novels, "The Secret Garden" has been adapted to the stage and screen numerous times, one of which an Agnieszka Holland film released in America in 1993 and United Kingdom the following year. While not a resounding success immediately, The Secret Garden was well received critically and has, over time, accrued a good standing with art house crowds. Its story is one of childhood escapism, one that encourages freedom of will and the healing power of friendship and the outdoors. A young girl living with her unloving parents in India at the turn of the 20th Century is sent to live with her uncle at a stately manor in England when those parents are killed in an Earthquake. The rather snotty child eventually starts to warm to the staff of the estate and is transformed for the better in her personality when she discovered a secret garden on the grounds of the manor. She also strikes up a friendship with the young son of her often absent and emotionally distraught uncle, and with the help of others against the wishes of the lead house maid, she assists the disabled boy in escaping the confines of his bedroom and start walking. The key to these transformations is the magical healing power of the garden, which is the ultimate bonding agent that eventually brings all the major characters together into a blissful state by the end of the picture. Collaborating with the Polish director was fellow countryman Zbigniew Preisner, who was suggested to write the music for The Secret Garden by producer Francis Ford Coppola. Preisner's career in film scoring, active from the mid-1980's to the mid-2000's, remains best known for his collaboration with Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski and the trio of scores in the Three Colors franchise. During that height of recognition in the early 1990's, Preisner scored The Secret Garden in between the first two of his Three Colors assignments. While his music for The Secret Garden was acknowledged as a tremendous asset to the film at the time of its release, the score has continue to build upon its positive reputation in the years that have followed, and it's not uncommon for this work to represent the only one of Preisner's typically romantic compositions in the average film music collection. Part of the success of this soundtrack is attributable to the innocently beautiful Linda Ronstadt performance of "Winter Light," the ethereal end credits song that seamlessly combines the two best themes from Preisner's score (those for the garden and the main boy) into a stunning resolution to the tale.



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136 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.27 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 25 2 Stars
* 14 1 Stars
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Just picked it up because of this review-
Rick - January 11, 2013, at 11:26 a.m.
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An underrated gem
Richard Kleiner - January 2, 2013, at 5:57 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:15
• 1. Main Title (3:33)
• 2. Leaving the Docks (1:27)
• 3. Mary Downstairs (2:05)
• 4. First Time Outside (1:24)
• 5. Skipping Rope (0:53)
• 6. Entering the Garden (0:59)
• 7. Walking Through the Garden (1:52)
• 8. Mary and Robin Together (0:49)
• 9. Shows Dickon Garden (1:05)
• 10. Awakening of Spring (1:48)
• 11. Craven Leaves (2:35)
• 12. Taking Colin to the Garden (1:10)
• 13. Colin Opens His Eyes (2:00)
• 14. Colin Tries Standing (0:51)
• 15. Colin Loves Mary (0:55)
• 16. Craven's Return (2:16)
• 17. Looking at Photos (0:42)
• 18. Craven to the Garden (0:35)
• 19. Colin Senses Craven (1:32)
• 20. Happily Ever After (2:25)

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