Artist: Rachel Portman

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Album:Chocolat: Music From The Motion Picture

Chocolat: Music From The Motion Picture

Rachel Portman

Album:The Cider House Rules: Music from the Motion Picture

The Cider House Rules: Music from the Motion Picture

Rachel Portman

With its idyllic New England locales and multiple themes, director Lasse Hallstrom’s version of John Irving’s book presented composer Rachel Portman with some challenging, if deceptively simple, choices. Portman’s main theme (imagine a pastoral Copland waltz), stated by solo piano and then orchestra, sets us firmly in the tranquil Maine countryside, while permutations of it continually shade the film’s various dramatic intentions. It’s a simple, time-honored device, yet one that carries the implicit danger of Repetitive Schmaltz Syndrome. But Portman’s melodic…

Album:Beloved: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Beloved: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Rachel Portman

It makes perfect sense that Beloved, Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel, brims with haunting and mysterious melodies. This is, after all, a story about the repercussions of slavery. Native American flutes and African percussion permeate Rachel Portman’s score, as do the haunting vocals of Oumou Sangare. The powerful yet sparse contributions from the Malian vocalist give the disc heavenly atmospherics, while the music—though ponderous at times—brims with intensity. “Cincinnati Streets” and “Vaccine” both feature a frantic patter…

Album:The Human Stain: Original Score

The Human Stain: Original Score

Rachel Portman

Score album to the new Miramax Pictures release The Human Stain features score by Rachel Portman who is the first female composer to win an Oscar for Best Score. She won for Emma in 1997.

Rachel has also been nominated for Academy awards for her scores of Cider House Rules and Chocolat as well as two Grammy nominations.

Album:The Joy Luck Club: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Joy Luck Club: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Rachel Portman

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