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listen15. Battle (Album Version)A.R. Rahman 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Armstrong: Storm (Album Version)A.R. Rahman 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: John Parricelli, Catherine Bott, Saras Eyden, Clio Gould, Catherine O'Halloran, et al.
  • Conductor: Cecilia Weston
  • Composer: AR Rahman, Craig Armstrong
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000UBVRHO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Decca soundtrack to Elizabeth: The Golden Age will release on October 9 and features original music by Craig Armstrong and A.R. Rahman. Reprising the roles they originated in seven-time Academy Award®-nominated Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush return for a gripping historical thriller laced with treachery and romance--ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE. Joining them in the epic is Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen (Closer) as Sir Walter Raleigh, a dashing seafarer and newfound temptation for Elizabeth. The Golden Age finds Queen Elizabeth I (Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett--The Aviator) facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth sees her rule openly challenged by the Spanish king Philip II (Jordi Molla)--with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada--determined to restore England to Catholicism. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her love for Raleigh. But he remains forbidden for a queen who has sworn body and soul to her country. Unable and unwilling to pursue her love, Elizabeth encourages her favorite lady-in-waiting, Bess (Abbie Cornish), to befriend Raleigh to keep him near. But this strategy forces Elizabeth to observe their growing intimacy. As she charts her course abroad, her trusted advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham (Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush--Shine), continues his masterful puppetry of Elizabeth's court at home--and her campaign to solidify absolute power. Through an intricate spy network, Walsingham uncovers an assassination plot that could topple the throne. But as he unmasks traitors that may include Elizabeth's own cousin Mary Stuart (Academy Award® nominee Samantha Morton--In America, Sweet and Lowdown), he unknowingly sets England up for destruction. The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of an era...the story of one woman's crusade to control love, crush enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world. Universal Pictures presents ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, opening October 12 in theatres nationwide.

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In a bold move for a film set in 16th-century England, director Shekhar Kapur called on two very distinct composers for the music: Craig Armstrong (a Scot who’s arranged tracks for everybody from Massive Attack to Madonna, while earning kudos for his Ray and World Trade Center scores) and A.R. Rahman (one of the undisputed musical titans of Bollywood, with roots in Sufi music). Even more intriguing, the two men collaborated closely, and there are no individual credits to distinguish who did what. Despite the occasional Indian cues in tracks such as "Divinity Theme," the overall result seems to lean more towards Armstrong’s style, especially his most elegiac work like World Trade Center. In the end, the score falls squarely within the current accepted parameters for big-spectacle music, from inspiring strings, to a lone flute plaintively whispering its theme, to the use of a choir and soprano voices. It’s a competent CD, but the promising team-up had led us to expect more than mere competence. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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I particularly enjoyed the soundtrack.
Tracer
All I can say is that if you love soft, beautiful violin and orchestra sounds with choral background, this is a satisfying soundtrack.
HardyBoy64
Love this, I've have listened to this many times since I have received it.
Cathy K. Brotman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HardyBoy64 VINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've never seen the movie so I can't comment on how well the music fits the film. I also can't comment on how this compares to the first "Elizabeth" soundtrack, which obviously has been the point of disappointment for some. All I can say is that if you love soft, beautiful violin and orchestra sounds with choral background, this is a satisfying soundtrack. I'm very glad that I purchased it because it is great music to listen to while working. It may be that it's a poor soundtrack (meaning it doesn't enhance the film's images like it could have). I don't know that, but the bottom line is that it's nice music.

EDIT: I have now seen the movie and I can say that the music works wonderfully in the film. I will say, however, that I wish many of the cues in the film had made it onto the CD. There is enough missing music for a double-disc release!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T.M on October 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This score is certainly one of the most interesting ones of the year. For those of you familiar with the soundtrack to David Hirschfelder's "Elizabeth", you should know that this score by Craig Armstron and A.R. Rahman is quite different. Certainly not in a bad way - but the style and tone of each are quite different. While the score to the first film is written in a traditional classical style, this score features a unique blend of several different musical styles. Certainly, one could say that the score is largely classical, but there are several Eastern influences incorporated into the mix. The Golden Age is more strongly thematic than the previous score, featuring three major themes: The Destiny, Love and Divinity themes - all tracing the development of Cate Blanchett's character, Elizabeth I. The strong presence of the choral music from the first score has carried over to this film and is used to great effect. A few highlights of the score include: "Opening", "Mary's Beheading", "Destiny Theme", "Divinity Theme" and "Storm".
One final note: Don't believe the critics that say this score is "overwhelming", if you are a true lover of film music, you will know that it is best to almost forget about the film to truly enjoy the music. Take James Newton Howard's Lady in the Water... A less than inspiring film but it has great music. I'm not saying the Golden Age is terrible because it hasn't been released in Australia yet and I haven't seen it - but I really hate how the critics are bashing it. Films like this are made for entertainment: What is the point of trying to find fault with every tiny aspect of the film? If you don't like it, there's no reason to broadcast it as loud as you can.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this soundtrack and cannot recommend it more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathy K. Brotman on November 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Love this, I've have listened to this many times since I have received it. I like it better than the first Elizabeth movie soundtrack. It's just great to sit back, relax and listen to.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This soundtrack is a bit brighter and much more contemporary than its predecessor which displayed more choral pieces and Renaissance flair. However, I still like it and bought the mp3 album based on the sampling of tracks that are played on the movie's website. It's a bit shorter than the first soundtrack also (20 tracks but the majority under 3 minutes) and I'd've liked to hear longer pieces but there's a lot packed in it. The last track does lack a bit of the umph you'd expect for the end of such a life and royal era.
sidenote: some tracks remind me of the soundtracks for The Passion of the Christ and Moulin Rouge. I have and like both so . . .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eddy Kara-sarkissian on March 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I liked the music in the movie, which is the reason I bought this CD. However, there are many pieces missing. For example, in the movie, when she is about to get assassinated, or even when Mary Stuart learns the news that she's going to be tried for treason. Those musical pieces were much better than the "Divinity Theme". I was dissapointed that the people responsible of gathering the pieces did a bad job. The opening theme is in fact the credits theme. The opening theme wasn't even in the CD!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By t.y. on November 7, 2013
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It was good to relive the Movie through this excellent recording! All of the important music from the film is on this disc!
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By Aristotle S. Spencer on September 2, 2014
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This soundtrack is superb. The very well balanced us of instrumental, choral and orchestral ingredients brilliantly capture the wide range of moods that permeate the whole movie.

In track one ('Opening') the beautiful use of strings acts like a magnet to draw in the listener to what proves to be an early taste for what is to come throughout the album. Although there is a medieval theme that underlies the whole album a change of pace and use of individual instruments adds majesty, unpredictability, a changing pace and a feast to our senses.

The use of drums in track 15 ('Battle') is arousing while the solo in track 16 ("Divinity Theme') is very spiritual while in track 18 ('Storm') a balanced use of orchestral and choral components is uplifting and rather emotional.

There are 20 tracks and run for an overall time of 48:30 mins. In the end one feels uplifted but, at same time drained emotionally. The music is certainly a perfect fit for the movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eiriol Owens on November 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is not what I expected. In a lot of ways it reminds me of some of Craig Armstrong's work (I have no knowledge of the other composer) that I had liked previously, but oddly I enjoy very few tracks of this score. The best track is 'The Storm' and the last track is enjoyable as well. This may seem unduly negative but I honestly like this CD. I went to see the movie in theatres because I liked it so much. It is simply that I think it could have been better and I rarely listen to the whole CD in one sitting. I prefer to let the power of "The Storm" wash over me on occasion. If you enjoy Craig Armstrong there is every reason to expect that you will like this soundtrack. I personally feel that he, and the other gentleman, did a credible job.
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