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Shakespeare in Love
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Nick Ingram
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 8th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
Winner of an Academy Award and nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek a charming souvenir from the film, with consistently pleasant tones that competently mirror the enthusiastic and lightweight drama on screen.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear more than two performances of the score's famous, bubbly title theme, which, along with the other themes, is poorly developed and ultimately unsatisfying in its brevity.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #75
WRITTEN 12/30/98, REVISED 3/29/08
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Shakespeare in Love: (Stephen Warbeck) Charming its way through the Oscars against arguably superior 1998 competition, Shakespeare in Love is a culmination of significant British talent on both sides of the camera. British director John Madden seemed destined for greatness at the time, and few could argue with Judi Dench and Geoffrey Rush in memorable roles. Because of her "most favored status" at Miramax, American Gwyneth Paltrow plays the muse who inspires the story of "Romeo and Juliet" for struggling playwright William Shakespeare. The two conduct a love affair while she pretends to be a man in order to star in his haphazard 1593 play, and the undeniable wit of the script (dealing continuously smart comments from Shakespeare's tongue) is the production's major attraction. Above all, however, the film's exuberant spirit and playful heart lured Academy voters and mainstream audiences, despite the predictably bittersweet end to the tale. Fitting in its role perfectly is composer Stephen Warbeck's score, which rode the success of the film to its own Oscar win. Warbeck was by no means a household name, even in his native Britain, where his collaboration with Madden had brought his most high profile film score in the form of Mrs. Brown the previous year. There was significant speculation in 1999 that Warbeck would go on to international fame, but after a couple of moderate dramatic entries and the continued collaboration with Madden, his career never attained the notoriety it suggested at the time of Shakespeare in Love. The score for that movie remains a bittersweet aspect of the film itself, providing a quite decent and occasionally strong accompaniment for the topic but missing so many opportunities for greatness that it frustrates at the same time. A chipper attitude is key to Warbeck's music, with even the cues of suspense or solitude performed with such a light orchestral touch that never does any sense of danger emerge. It's almost a period fantasy score, lofty and whimsical in its thematic presentation while flowing through static rhythms with little regard for synchronization points in the film or any urgency to develop its own ideas beyond the very basic molds on which Warbeck seems to have based the foundation of the score.

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5,413 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.83 Stars
***** 2,070 5 Stars
**** 1,575 4 Stars
*** 958 3 Stars
** 416 2 Stars
* 394 1 Stars
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B artosz - March 15, 2005, at 4:03 a.m.
1 comment  (2617 views)
No heard music
Jay Temple - November 24, 2003, at 11:09 p.m.
1 comment  (2608 views)
Soundtrack is good, but I want Costume Design info   Expand >>
Jennie Nichols - June 30, 2003, at 3:52 p.m.
2 comments  (3877 views)
Newest: April 25, 2011, at 4:41 a.m.by Johannes Ruckstuhl
great soundtrack
Nunya Bidniss - June 3, 2003, at 11:54 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:19
• 1. The Beginning of the Partnership (2:00)
• 2. Viola's Audition (3:21)
• 3. A Plague of Both Your Houses (1:40)
• 4. The De Lesseps' Dance (2:59)
• 5. A Daughter's Duty (0:47)
• 6. In Viola's Room (2:54)
• 7. A New World (1:39)
• 8. Love & The Rehearsal (4:19)
• 9. The Arrival of Wessex (1:17)
• 10. Greenwich (0:52)
• 11. The Brawl (3:13)
• 12. News of Marlowe's Death (2:52)
• 13. Love & The End of the Tragedy (2:11)
• 14. The Missing Scene (1:42)
• 15. The Fight (2:20)
• 16. The Play & The Marriage* (2:09)
• 17. Wessex Loses a Bride (1:51)
• 18. The Prologue (1:30)
• 19. The Play (part I) (2:25)
• 20. The Play (part II) (3:56)
• 21. Curtain Call (2:31)
• 22. Farewell (1:30)
• 23. The End (5:06)
* soprano solo by Catherine Bott

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The music was recorded at CTS Studios in London between October 6th and 9th, 1998.
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