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Film Soundtracks - Released November 3, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Sometimes, all it takes is one track that stands out to make an album or soundtrack brilliant. This is the case for the twelfth collaboration between the composer Patrick Doyle and the director Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again, Much Ado About Nothing, Sleuth) with the almost 10-minute long piece called Justice, which concludes this new adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie book that brings an impressive line-up of stars to the spotlight (Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp). All the adventures of Hercule Poirot (played here by Branagh himself) end with the resolution of a crime. Amid Poirot’s mathematical reasoning mixed with flashbacks describing the brutal murder of Johnny Depp, we find the soft arpeggios on the piano composed by Doyle that are both surprising and moving in relation to the juxtaposing images. After this considerable feat, the composer turns towards more impressionistic sonorities with the very Ravelian piano on Poirot, to the moment where the detective walks serenely towards the Nile, where a new investigation awaits. Aside from these two remarkable themes, the music from Murder on the Orient Express meets the needs of the thriller in a classic and efficient way, as proved by the main theme which is both fiery and pernicious, describing this "death train" (The Orient Express), or even in the numerous passages where Doyle evokes mystery and darkness (Touch Nothing Else, Twelve Stab Wounds). The album ends with a little curiosity, Never Forget, in which Michelle Pfeiffer steps up to the mic to sing with a certain intensity on the theme Justice. © NM/Qobuz
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Film Soundtracks - Released February 8, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 12, 1995 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 4, 1993 | Epic Soundtrax

Melodramatic ham that he is, Kenneth Branagh seldom lets a minute go by in his screen adaptations of Shakespeare without some kind of musical accompaniment. Patrick Doyle is a shameless enabler for Branagh's music addiction, dealing out 24 tracks worth of sticky sweet orchestrations to satisfy the director's jones. Much Ado About Nothing was Branagh's second Shakespeare film, and at the time of its release his ebullient directorial style seemed radiant and charming. The film was widely regarded as a magnificently robust Hollywood popularization of one of the Bard's cheekiest comedies. But Branagh's unwinking earnestness began to wear thin in later efforts like Hamlet and Love's Labours Lost, making Much Ado seem somewhat light weight in retrospect. Doyle's contribution is nevertheless suitably sweeping and frothy, even if it does borrow rather too liberally from his previous (and superior) compositions for Henry V. As usual, Doyle's greatest work comes in classical vocal tracks like the dirge-like choral passage "Pardon Goddess of the Night" and the winsome musical setting for Shakespeare's poem "Sigh No More Ladies," which receives a beautiful reading in the opening credits by the incomparable Emma Thompson. These help to compensate for the egregiously swollen romantic pieces that underscore ridiculous shots of a lovestruck Branagh splashing around in Venetian fountains. ~ Evan Cater
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Film Soundtracks - Released July 24, 2015 | Varese Sarabande

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Since he wrote the music for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, Patrick Doyle has become one of the most prominent film composers, scoring such major films as Indochine, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and many others that have secured his reputation. This 2015 Varèse Sarabande release features Doyle as composer and performer in 18 arrangements for solo piano of his memorable themes, lending a personal touch to his music that is not always found in his larger-than-life orchestral scores. Highpoints of this album include Weep You No More, Sad Fountains from Sense and Sensibility, Sigh No More from Much Ado About Nothing, and the music that brought Doyle to international attention, St. Crispin's Day from Henry V. Doyle's intimate playing makes this CD appropriate for quiet listening, and this album will appeal to fans of atmospheric keyboard music. ~ Blair Sanderson
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Film Soundtracks - Released July 28, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 1, 1994 | Epic Soundtrax

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2011 | Varese Sarabande

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Thor composer Patrick Doyle's score for 2011’s Planet of the Apes origin story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, begins with an explosive introductory piece (“The Beginning”) that launches out of a tranquil and lush jungle montage. It’s a fitting opener, as it sets the stage for what follows. While there are some truly lovely, quieter moments (“Muir Woods,” Caesar and Buck”), Doyle, who comes from the Hanz Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams school of big and bold and percussive action cues, allows little space for the reboot to breathe, yet his themes are consistently thrilling, rarely devolving into the kind of generic, tuneless smorgasbord of kettle drums and dissonant keyboard strings that so often pass for 21st century summer blockbuster fare. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Film Soundtracks - Released July 28, 2017 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2013 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2005 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2011 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2008 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2007 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2007 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 10, 1996 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 22, 2007 | Colosseum Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 4, 2018 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2014 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2011 | Varese Sarabande

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