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 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Every year, I pick a new composer to focus on and I do this by beefing up my collection of scores that they composed.

So far I did Horner and Goldsmith. This year is Rachel Portman.

This is what I HAVE in my collection so far.
Belle
Beloved
Benny and Joon
Chocolat
The Cider House Rules
Despite the Falling Snow
A Dog's Purpose
Hart's War
The Human Stain
Infamous
The Lake House
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Manchurian Candidate
Mona Lisa Smile
Never Let Me Go
Only You
Sirens
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Their Finest
Used People

What do you absolutely recommend as a MUST HAVE? Keep in mind, I like the more melodic, sad, drama scores like Sisterhood, Snow Flower, Cider House, Despite the Falling Snow.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I think you have all the must-haves already, except for EMMA, which is definitely one of her best and most celebrated. I'd perhaps also add NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, at least for the theme (Portman is always a 'theme person'). But I'm sure you'll get the rest of her filmography mentioned as 'must-haves' in this thread at some point, that's usually how these things go, LOL!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Hart's War is the one for this score enthusiast.

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   Undecided Zebra   (Member)

Also her Music to Storyteller t.v series,a combination of her woodwind writing and central/east European folk music.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 12:11 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Seconded on The Storyteller. Great, uncommon scoring for an uncommon series. I think it fits your stated preferences.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 12:18 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

All of the above, plus be sure to get The Little Prince! Your ears will love you forever.

And Mimi and the Mountain Dragon (digital only).

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Joy Luck Club (1993) ... ticks all the right boxes smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 3:14 AM   
 By:   Dampfwalze   (Member)

I am yearning for her "A little Princess" music (1986) , but I am afraid a relase of this soundtrack will never happen. frown

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

The Joy Luck Club (1993) ... ticks all the right boxes smile


Seconded!
You should also add WAR OF THE BUTTONS.

I'd say if someone has those two above plus "Used People", "Benny & Joon", "Sirens", "Chocolat", "Cider House", "Emma" and "Nicholas Nickleby" (recommended by Thor), he pretty much knows all he needs to know about Rachel Portman. Nine titles - it leaves one place open, if someone wants to make it a Top-10!...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   Yvesvanhoof   (Member)

Scores I would certainly add to your collection:

- Emma
- Ask the River
- Oliver Twist
- Joy Luck club
- Race



And maybe:

- Addicted to Love
- Where Angels Fear To thread
- Grey Gardens



Yves

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   martyn.crosthwaite   (Member)

WAR OF THE BUTTONS ...is her finest hour.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

I'd also add STILL LIFE. Its a wee bit repetitive but its one I often go back to.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 5:18 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

JOY LUCK CLUB
DOLPHIN TALE 2

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Godmothered is a very charming score. I bumped the thread recently but it got no traction.
I really need to check out more of her work myself.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 9:33 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Thanks for the suggestions! Let me ask you this - are they any that are forgettable and not worth getting?

I have listened to Their Finest several times and it never "did it" for me.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I would second the above-suggested GREY GARDENS, though I think you would appreciate it best if you made a point of seeing the film -- not the 1975 documentary but the Portman-scored 2009 film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. The original documentary is fascinating as well, but that's another thread... If you saw the original doc though you would additionally discover what an amazing job Lange and Barrymore do in portraying this real-life (and quite strange) mother and daughter.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2021 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   DavidOrange   (Member)

From Rachel in 2011, came the score to ONE DAY, starring Anne Hathaway. Sadly, the soundtrack contains just four score tracks (approximately 9 mins), but what a beautiful, silky, angelic listening experience they are and therefore come highly recommended for your collection. A full score release is not beyond possibility, but it would be a long shot all the same. Let's hope.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

The Joy Luck Club (1993) ... ticks all the right boxes smile

Seconded!
You should also add WAR OF THE BUTTONS.

I'd say if someone has those two above plus "Used People", "Benny & Joon", "Sirens", "Chocolat", "Cider House", "Emma" and "Nicholas Nickleby" (recommended by Thor), he pretty much knows all he needs to know about Rachel Portman. Nine titles - it leaves one place open, if someone wants to make it a Top-10!...


The tenth title should be Never Let Me Go -- her greatest score and quite different in depth and mood from most of her others, so I'm surprised you omitted it...

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Only You and War of the Buttons are the key items in my own Portman collection. Such gorgeous themes.

 
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