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Patrick Doyle - Much Ado about Nothing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
05/04/1993
Artist
Patrick Doyle
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Epic / Sony Music Distribution
Duration
00:58:48

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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

1) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Picnic (02:57)
2) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Overture (04:21)
3) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Sweetest Lady (02:07)
4) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Conspirators (02:42)
5) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Masked Ball (01:57)
6) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Prince Woos Hero (01:20)
7) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~A Star Danced (02:46)
8) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Rich She Shall Be (01:44)
9) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Sigh No More Ladies (01:59)
10) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Gulling Of Benedick (03:12)
11) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~It Must Be Requited (02:00)
12) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Gulling Of Beatrice (01:40)
13) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Contempt Farewell (01:38)
14) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~The Lady Is Disloyal (02:17)
15) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Hero's Wedding (00:48)
16) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Take Her Back Again (03:10)
17) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Die To Live (04:44)
18) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~You Have Killed A Sweet Lady (03:03)
19) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Choose Your Revenge (01:50)
20) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Pardon Goddess Of The Night (04:34)
21) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Did I Not Tell You (01:42)
22) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Hero Revealed (01:27)
23) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Benedick The Married Man (02:09)
24) Much Ado About Nothing, film score~Strike Up Pipers (02:41)

Album
Much Ado about Nothing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Publisher
Sony Music Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
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