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Titus
(1999)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer
Steven Mercurio

Co-Produced by:
Teese Gohl
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(January 11th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you intellectually appreciate the unpredictable mannerisms of Elliot Goldenthal's vast talents even if they don't translate into a functional album presentation.

Avoid it... if you dislike soundtrack albums that serve mostly as samplers of a composer's stylistic capabilities rather than cohesive listening experiences.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #963
WRITTEN 6/26/03, REVISED 3/27/09
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Titus: (Elliot Goldenthal) If you think artists today have a hard time breaking onto the scene in mainstream entertainment, just think how difficult it must have been for William Shakespeare, who conjured "Titus Andronicus" early in his career to help make a name for himself. The gruesome tragedy, which is so disgusting in its lack of mores or hero that it becomes a laugh-fest, is a story that revels in every element of gore and excess. It is best known for its themes of body mutilation and how humor that can arise from rape and severed body parts. Julie Taymor's adaptation of the story, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, is set in ancient Rome, but not a historically accurate one. She builds upon the vast swings of tragedy and comedy by also blurring the time period in which the story is taking place, availing herself of every opportunity to insert modern tanks, radios, pool tables, and even the Popemobile into the narrative. It's a sort of mockery of the kind of timelessness that fantasy films like Tim Burton's Batman attempt to achieve, but in this case, the out of place elements are inserted with grandiose, in-your-face intentions. Critical response to the film was mostly positive, with Taymor's creativity winning the hearts of critics who had thought that they had seen it all. Audiences were less enthusiastic, however, with many of them not understanding Shakespeare's disparity of tragedy and comedy to enough of a degree to understand why some scenes are funny and others are not. Taymor, of course, turned to her husband to create the score of limitless potential; the two would collaborate for an Academy Award win for Frida two years later. As he would for Frida, Goldenthal went to the filming locale for inspiration on how to approach Titus. In the process, he heard ancient choral music in his mind while also hearing a variety of contemporary music throughout Rome (including Elvis, of course) as he traveled by car. Thus, he had the basic idea for his score.



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610 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 245 5 Stars
**** 60 4 Stars
*** 80 3 Stars
** 98 2 Stars
* 127 1 Stars
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Brilliant score, despite inconsistency
Classical music fan - January 29, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.
1 comment  (533 views)
Four Star Score - easy
Roman - August 10, 2009, at 9:53 p.m.
1 comment  (976 views)
Awkward, hmm...
Marquis St. Evremonde - July 16, 2006, at 12:57 p.m.
1 comment  (1892 views)
Her is the Tracklisting for Complete Score   Expand >>
Ramin - January 3, 2005, at 2:48 p.m.
2 comments  (3278 views)
Newest: February 1, 2005, at 11:15 a.m. by
Guillermo Nez
BAD Christian (something from another review)
JS Park - June 17, 2004, at 8:43 a.m.
1 comment  (1632 views)
Wow, all I can say is wow!
JS Park - May 24, 2004, at 2:45 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:53
• 1. Victoris Titus (2:58)
• 2. Procession & Obsequis (3:01)
• 3. Revenge Wheel (0:52)
• 4. Tribiute & Suffrage (4:17)
• 5. Arrows of the Gods (1:32)
• 6. An Offering (2:04)
• 7. Crossroads (3:24)
• 8. Vortex (1:33)
• 9. Swing Rave (1:53)
• 10. Ill-Fated Plot (2:20)
• 11. Pickled Heads (5:05)
• 12. Tamora's Pastorale (1:13)
• 13. Titus' Vow (3:43)
• 14. Mad Ole Titus (2:28)
• 15. Philimelagram (1:46)
• 16. Pressing Judgement* (3:32)
• 17. Aaron's Plea (2:02)
• 18. Coronation (1:53)
• 19. Apian Stomp (1:32)
• 20. Adagio (2:25)
• 21. Finale (8:33)
• 22. Vivere (3:33)
* from the Elliot Goldenthal score A Time to Kill

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about the score and film from both Goldenthal and Taymor.
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