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Nicholas Nickleby (Rachel Portman) Soundtrack


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1. Main titles
2. Journey to Dotheboys
3. Dear Mr. Knuckleboy
4. The Forest
5. Smike by the Stove
6. More Jobs for Smike
7. Squeers Captures Smike
8. You are my home
9. Kate's Tears
10. Fanny Music
11. Ladies and Gentleman
12. Poison Roots to You
13. Nicholas Looks for Work
14. Smike is Captured
15. A Man Named Bray
16. Smike in his Room
17. Journey to Devonshire
18. Brooker
19. Smike Dies
20. Nicholas Proposes
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Product Details

  • Composer: Rachel Portman
  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008BNUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A reader on May 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I really liked the score just from hearing a clip of it played at the opening menu on the 'Nicholas Nickleby' DVD. Very pleasant, easy listening. It immediately caught my ear and I knew I had to buy the CD.
I am a tad disappointed in the soundtrack though. I don't mind that the main theme repeats itself most of the tracks. My main problem is that the tracks are too short! There are 22 tracks in all, but at about 40 min. worth of total music, quite a few of the tracks hover at the minute mark, which seems rather silly. Only the first and last tracks are of substantial length. Although they seem to follow their appearance in the movie fairly accurately, I would not have minded if perhaps a 'suite' had appeared.
I know it's unlikely, but I would dearly love an expanded release. Overall however, it's a good score.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By North Idaho Dad on March 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When you first hear this, you'll know it's Rachel Portman. Reminiscent of "Cider House Rules" and "Legend of Bagger Vance", this score confirms that Portman is one of the best. Romantic, uplifting, melodic, nostalgic. She brings all of this to every score she writes, and if her different movie themes end up all sounding a bit similar... well, that's fine with me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on March 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The score to this amazing movie mirrors the emotion and beauty of every scene. Ms. Portman can capture love, peace, suspense, and pity in a simple alteration of one tune in one track. Her interpretation of characters onto the music staff is incredibly vivid, leaving the listener's imagination to recreate some of the most memorable scenes in the movie. Especially the first track which is the opening of the movie. The music grabs you and holds you there until the last second of the last track. Fantastic heart-warming score! You must hear it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Vogel on October 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was greatly moved by this film; Nickleby's story is an inspiration for our times, and I thought it was well produced on screen. But I forgot about how much I liked the music until an Amazon review popped up accidentally in some web search or other. I rushed out to buy the CD, and thanks to the reviewers here, I was prepared for the fact that it's awfully short. Even so, the music is so charming and the main theme so sweetly uplifting, it's all forgivable. Thanks to Ms. Portman for a wonderful score, and yes, I'd love it if she would compose an entire suite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hector Martinez on December 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
About three or four years ago during the Christmas season, I was switching TV channels on a Sunday afternoon when I happen to catch the beginning of the movie Nicholas Nickleby. The musical score just swept me away. The music was composed by British female composer Rachel Portman. It's beautiful ,lively melody has a way of leaving one feeling uplifted with a joyful heart.Some parts of the musical score is like a delightful folk dance. Rachel Portman's theme music from Nicholas Nickleby is one of the best I ever heard as well as John Barry's John Dunbar Theme from Dances with Wolves. If you are feeling the "blues" or feel dishearten about life, this is the music to listen to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "dancingirl1431" on May 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
From the "Main Titles", I entered another world, a musical poem. "Nicholas Nickleby" has not been released here, but listening to every emotional, captivating piece of Ms. Portman's composition, (and having read the book), I may know what happens in every one and also describe the feelings involved, which fill my soul.
Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steller on January 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is sheer poetry. The first time I saw this movie, I immediately noticed the soundtrack and loved it. Miss Portman has written several stunning scores, but I believe this is the most emotionally stirring one for me. A definate reccomendation
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on July 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After having enjoyed the magnificent film version of "Nicholas Nickleby" both in the cinemas and after purchasing it on DVD I found myself totally in love with its truly wonderful musical score and I just knew I had to purchase it on CD to enjoy it in its own right. It's a decision I most certainly have never regretted. This truly beautiful musical score by the multi talented Rachel Portman has me alternately smiling, crying and being uplifted by its fantastic combination of instruments and general mood which ranges from sombre, ie "smike dies", track 19 which is incredibly beautiful while being very sad, right through to the "end credits", track 22 which is nothing short of joyous in its upbeat tone which almost seems to promise new hope for a better future. You can follow the storyline of the film through the 22 tracks on the CD and it expertly conveys the message of all works by Charles Dickens that while there can be great darkness in the world and in our day to day existence there can also be great joy and common decency in people to be had as well. I collect film movie scores but rarely has one affected me as much as this one. The quality of the recording on this CD is also first rate and I highly recommend it to all lovers of uplifting and emotionally charged film music. Buy it now as a perfect companion piece to the DVD of this very special film. It most certainly is the "very definition of perfection"!!
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