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Sense and Sensibility
(1995)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Robert Ziegler

Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 12th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you have an appreciation for low-key, classically-inclined English period scores of a variety not uncommon to Richard Robbins' style of the 1990's for the genre.

Avoid it... if everything about costume dramas set in eighteenth-century England strikes you as boring from the outset, including the predictably restrained music that dishes up a pretty but subdued romantic accompaniment.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #305
WRITTEN 2/10/97, REVISED 9/28/11
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Sense and Sensibility: (Patrick Doyle) Looking back at the first half of the 1990's, the age seemed ripe for Jane Austen dramas adapted to the big screen. The self-important, costume-centric, period-piece flair for melodramatics was experiencing a renaissance at the time, not restricted only to the adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, but largely symbolized by them. With Hollywood stuck in eighteenth-century England for much of the decade, it's no surprise that Sense and Sensibility was such a success with both critics and awards nominators. Even if you're a male who was dragged kicking and screaming to witness this film, however, there was merit to be found in the result. It remains a surprisingly good adaptation of the Austen story by lead actress Emma Thompson herself, and the supporting cast led by a relatively obscure Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman (in a charming gentleman's performance that was rare for the actor in the mainstream at the time) counterbalanced the predictably on-cue bumbling of Hugh Grant. For detractors of the kind of ridiculous structure of society resurrected in these Austen tales, Sense and Sensibility may still be an insipid bore, exhibiting the sort of mind-bogglingly trivial romance of the era that indeed nearly ruins the larger, overarching themes of the maturing process that the film also displays. Just as the genre sends men running away in terror, the music for these old English dramas suffers from much of the same kind of reputation. When you think of Merchant Ivory Productions, director Ang Lee, composer Richard Robbins, or even Patrick Doyle in these circumstances, the genre presents itself as a natural sedative for people who couldn't care less for the romantic and social commentaries of Jane Austen. That said, though, the music for these period pieces was equally recognized for its high quality in the 1990's, from Elmer Bernstein's The Age of Innocence to Robbins' pair of Academy Award nominations later in the decade for Howard's End and The Remains of the Day. Doyle, while known better for his Shakespearean efforts at the time, entered this scene with Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Sense and Sensibility. After impressing listeners with his explosive symphonic score for Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the prior year, 1995 helped redefine the composer as a master of whimsical drama and romance material of a distinctly melodic heart, a style that came to represent the composer's dominant career style for years to come.



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Average: 3.41 Stars
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*** 108 3 Stars
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* 69 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:54
• 1. Weep You No More Sad Fountains - performed by Jane Eaglen (3:05)
• 2. A Particular Sum (1:15)
• 3. My Father's Favorite (5:27)
• 4. Preying Penniless Woman (1:32)
• 5. Devonshire (1:04)
• 6. Not a Beau for Miles (1:57)
• 7. All the Better for Her (1:17)
• 8. Felicity (1:22)
• 9. Patience (1:42)
• 10. Grant Me an Interview (1:05)
• 11. All the Delights of the Season (1:14)
• 12. Steam Engine (1:19)
• 13. Willoughby (1:39)
• 14. Miss Grey (2:21)
• 15. Excellent Notion (1:39)
• 16. Leaving London (2:12)
• 17. Combe Magna (2:59)
• 18. To Die For Love (2:55)
• 19. There is Nothing Lost (0:59)
• 20. Throw the Coins (3:08)
• 21. The Dreame - performed by Jane Eaglen (2:30)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes from director Ang Lee about the score and film, as well as excerpts from Jane Austen's text.
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