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Enola Holmes
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Daniel Pemberton

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Andrew Skeet

Co-Orchestrated by:
Nathan Farmer
Edward Klein
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Milan Records/Sony Classical
(August 22nd, 2020)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek perhaps the most infectiously positive, explosively exuberant, sneakily lovely, and wildly grandiose music to grace a film in quite some while.

Avoid it... if you have no love for overblown crescendos of symphonic punchline humor closing out all too many cues, Daniel Pemberton exercising few narrative restraints in this frenzied listening experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,976
WRITTEN 2/21/21
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Enola Holmes: (Daniel Pemberton) You have to commend author Nancy Springer for finding a public domain property like Sherlock Holmes and adapting it nicely into her own stories, including an initial book that spawned 2020's movie adaptation, Enola Holmes. That didn't stop the Conan Doyle Estate from unsuccessfully suing the bejesus out of distributor Netflix to reclaim some of that intellectual property. The plot of the book and film proposes that while audiences are familiar with Sherlock's older brother, Mycroft, the duo actually had an ambitious and brilliant younger sister named Enola. Her feminist mother teaches her how to outfight and outwit friends and enemies alike before suddenly disappearing on her sixteenth birthday. Enola is left to escape from a boarding school to investigate her mother's whereabouts, avoid her caring but aloof siblings, and become entangled in the affairs of young Lord Tewkesbury, who has immense family problems of his own. The two spend Enola Holmes avoiding and foiling adversaries together and apart, Enola proving victorious as expected and ready for other adventures in sequel films that appear likely. The film's irreverent English sensibilities earned significant praise, and its original music by composer Daniel Pemberton, who enjoyed a breakthrough in 2020 artistically, is widely heralded as well. The assignment was something of a challenge for Pemberton, who had spent his career writing counterculture music that expresses creative style juxtapositions rather than anything really conventional. Certainly, Enola Holmes represents his most "conventional" score to this point in his career, but that doesn't mean that it is anything approaching "normal." The instrumental balances in the score are as quirky as his rhythmic and melodic inventiveness, the music meant as humorously rooted despite whatever emotion is being played to. The structure of his recording is built around the notion of the punchline, a huge portion of his cues utilizing ridiculously momentous crescendos or finales that resolve on an orchestral hit on key. This pseudo-classical pomposity is balanced by a homeliness and gypsy spirit that clearly seeks to throw cold water in the face of any harpsichord that strays too near. In some ways, its infectiously positive spirit reflects the appeal of Nami Melumad and Michael Giacchino's just previously released An American Pickle even if their plundering of ethnic musical styles is completely different.


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This soundtrack is my new favorite fantasy   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 66:31
• 1. Enola Holmes (Wild Child) (3:01)
• 2. Gifts From Mother (1:10)
• 3. Mycroft & Sherlock Holmes (1:02)
• 4. Cracking the Chrysanthemums Cypher (2:36)
• 5. The Game is Afoot (1:53)
• 6. Train Escape (3:33)
• 7. Nincompoop (1:38)
• 8. Marquis (1:23)
• 9. Fields of London (1:10)
• 10. London Arrival (2:31)
• 11. Dressing Up Box (1:18)
• 12. Messages for Mother (1:44)
• 13. The Limehouse Puzzle (2:15)
• 14. Limehouse Lane (2:42)
• 15. Fight Combat (3:22)
• 16. Edge of a Cliff (1:41)
• 17. Basilwether Hall (1:36)
• 18. Forest Clues (2:48)
• 19. Tewkesbury's Trail (1:41)
• 20. Escaping Lestrade (1:54)
• 21. Making a Lady (3:16)
• 22. School Escape (2:52)
• 23. Tick Tock (3:49)
• 24. For England (3:34)
• 25. Ha! (1:16)
• 26. Enola & Tewkesbury Farewell (2:56)
• 27. An Old Friend (1:54)
• 28. Mother (1:59)
• 29. Enola Holmes (The Future is Up to Us) (3:46)

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The insert includes long notes about the score from the director and the composer.
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