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Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Ar Rahman, Craig Armstrong, Cecilia Weston
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Genre: Soundtracks
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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 AwardŽ-nominated Elizabe...  more »


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All Artists: Ar Rahman, Craig Armstrong, Cecilia Weston, John Parricelli, Catherine Bott, Saras Eyden, Clio Gould, Catherine O'Halloran, Mariyam Toller
Title: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Decca
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 10/9/2007
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genre: Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 602517451872, 0602517529861, 0602517529892


Album Description
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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Good music
HardyBoy64 | Rexburg, ID United States | 11/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
Elizabeth the Golden Age sound track
Cathy K. Brotman | 11/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
The Golden Age
T.M | Australia | 10/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."