Here's a side question. Have any of the home video editions ever had an isolated score track? I have the vintage 1st DVD edition and the most recent extended DVD edition. My memory is really rusty if any other edition had one.
I was so annoyed at seeing that last week, I didn't revisit...I DID play this track when I first purchased the blu a few years ago & think it was just the album in admittedly good sound under the first hour of the film or under a still photo. Either way it wasn't a full score.
Received my copy today in the UK less than a week after it was released! This is an outstanding release chock full of exceptional music that has never seen the light of day and all of it brilliant! The two big cues at the end are amazing.
I know there has been some noise about missing music and I don’t get the upset over this. There is a wealth of material here!
One question to someone who may know - there was a Fanfare line piece in the film as Robin swings across the trees to rescue Fanny - I can’t find this on the album. Is this one of the missing cues or tracked with something else. Was expecting to hear it in Celt Battle?
Mine arrived on Saturday but I didn't get to listen to it as I was out of town until this morning. Really loving it and I am not even into disc 2 yet. So much delightful new material that gives the themes much needed development.
I think that is mostly just a stylistic similarity because it's the same composer, and that's just part of how he makes music with an orchestra. There may been a temp track moment here or there, but I've honestly gone past being bothered if I hear a composer reaching back into their familiar bag of tricks, because it's part of what makes their music sound like their music.
I received the set this morning so I'll listen to it tonight or tomorrow.
The Overture, as I recall, is a sort of reworking of the BRAZIL action/adventure motif (with the same celli lines for example. I read that Michael Kamen hadn't a lot of time to work on the score, so that might explain this and the fact he worked with 15 other orchestrators.
I was also sayed, but maybe it's only a rumor, that Kamen originally conceived a quasi purely medieval score with lots of traditional instruments but that the producers weren't happy with that approach and asked him to redone the score in a symphonic idiom. Do you know more about this?
Anyway, I'm glad to have this expanded score edition (and I really don't care about the non inclusion of the songs) for which I'm sure the Intrada gang has done its best to present the more complete version of the music as possible.
I was also sayed, but maybe it's only a rumor, that Kamen originally conceived a quasi purely medieval score with lots of traditional instruments but that the producers weren't happy with that approach and asked him to redone the score in a symphonic idiom.
That would have been AMAZING. What could be more appropriate for a period film than a score with period instrumentation? I wish more films would follow that ethic (though I am more than comfortable with contemporary orchestras--it's what we are all used to). But of course, the more authentic the feel of the movie, the more pressure would be on Costner to provide a more authentic UK accent.
I've listened to the set three times (including the songs at the end of my itunes playlist). It's only January but I know after these three listens that this is easily going to be the top release all year for me. Of course, the labels are welcome to prove me wrong!
It's such an action-packed, melodic throwback.... All time favorite Kamen score. Thank you, Intrada!