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Rachel Portman

A British-born composer, Rachel Portman's biggest claim to fame was being the first woman to win an Academy Award (an Oscar, that is) for Best Original Score. The award, which resulted from her work on the 1996 film Emma, wasn't her only chance at the coveted prize. She continued her streak of well-received scores by earning nominations in 1999 and 2000 for Cider House Rules and Chocolat, respectively.

Portman's first score, for the film War of the Buttons, appeared in 1994. She went on to write music for dozens more high-profile and award-winning films, including the aforementioned box office hits, 2003's Mona Lisa Smile, Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate, and 2008's The Duchess starring Keira Knightley. The next decade brought settings as diverse as Wayne Wang's Snow Flower & the Secret Fan, the family drama Dolphin Tale 2, and her husband Uberto Pasolini's 2013 film Still Life. Portman won her first Emmy Award in 2015 for her work on the HBO biopic Bessie, about blues legend Bessie Smith. ~ Chris True & Marcy Donelson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Their Finest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. Catrin Goes To The Ministry

2. I'd Miss You

3. Catrin Grieves

4. Writing Uncle Frank

5. Kiss

8. Catrin Rewrites The Ending

9. Heavy Rescue

10. On The Dunes

11. Ambrose Is Cast

13. Mortuary

14. Buckley Talks About His Dad

15. Tower Falls

16. Boarding House

17. Make It A Happy One

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Track List: A Dog's Purpose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. Bailey

2. Bailey Escapes

3. Hot Pickup Truck

4. Ethan Plays Ball With Bailey

5. Bailey Shut in Garage

6. Bailey Swallows Coin

7. Swimming With Hannah and Ethan

8. Fire

9. Ethan Breaks up With Hannah

10. Ethan Leaves for College

11. Bailey: I Knew I Was Here to Love Ethan

12. Ellie

13. The Dam

14. Ellie: You're a Good Dog

15. Tino

16. Tino: One of My Best Lives

17. Buddy Chained Outside

18. Buddy Finds His Way Back to Ethan

19. Hannah Returns

20. Ethan Apologizes

21. Buddy Is Bailey

22. A Dog's Purpose

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Track List: Belle (Original Score)

1. Main Titles

2. Laughter Montage

3. Are You Punishing Me?

4. The Portrait Is Revealed

5. Mirror

6. Time Pass To 1781

7. A Father's Goodbye

8. John Leaves Lord Mansfield's Tutorage

9. Sitting For Portrait

10. Dido Elizabeth Belle

11. John Pulls Dido Aside

12. The Zong

13. Dido Goes To Tavern

14. Maps

15. She Was Beautiful

16. James Manhandles Dido

17. Dido Removes Her Ring

18. You Already Loved Me

19. The Docks

20. Lord Mansfield Watches John

21. Dido Goes To Courts

22. Let Justice Be Done

23. You Would Be My Wife

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Track List: The Right Kind Of Wrong

1. Flying

2. Leo Leaves The Wedding

3. Leo Reads Book

4. Sh*t Kicking, Eviction Notice

5. Time For A New Theme

6. Matching Cups

7. Colette Kicks Ball

8. Tour Starts, Colette Steals A Newspaper

9. Leo Juggles, Two Objects In Orbit

10. Julie's Answerphone

11. Spark It Up

12. Ghost Bear On Green

13. Awesome Times BBQ

14. Disprove One Thing

15. Goodbye, Snow Returns

16. Comprende, Dishwasher?

17. What You Did Was Easy

18. Three Beautiful Things

19. Jill's Exhibition

20. Colette Comes Back

21. Sleepwalking

22. It's No Mistake

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Track List: Bel Ami (Original Soundtrack)

1. Bel Ami

2. Poverty

3. Whose Arms Are These?

7. She Won't Be A Widow For Long

9. Charles Dies

11. A Fool

13. Betrayal / Virginie Submits

17. You Disgust Me

19. Drunken Montage

22. Georges Elopes With Suzanne

23. It's Not Enough To Be Loved / The Wedding / Bel Ami Reprise

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Track List: The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2 (Original Motion Picture Score)

1. Sisterhood

2. Kostas

3. Carmen And Ian Rehearse

4. Welcome Home

5. Bridget

6. The Letters

7. Lena

8. Tibby

9. Carmen

10. Well Worn Pair Of Pants

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Track List: Oliver Twist (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. Streets Of London

2. The Road To The Workhouse

3. A Kind Old Woman

4. Oliver Runs Away

5. The Artful Dodger

6. Fagin's Loot

7. The Game

8. Oliver Learns The Hard Way

9. Watching Mr. Brownlow's House

10. The Escape From Fagin

11. Prelude To A Robbery

12. The Robbery

13. Toby And The Wounded Oliver

14. Nancy's Secret Journey

15. The Murder

16. Wanted: Bill Sykes & A Fierce Dog

17. The Death Of Bill Sykes

18. Newgate Prison

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Track List: Nicholas Nickleby

1. Main Titles (Nicholas Nickleby)

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

21. At Last I Can Say It

22. End Titles

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Track List: Chocolat: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture

Composer: Rachel Portman
Title: Chocolat, Film Score

2. Chocolat, Film Score: Main Titles

3. Chocolat, Film Score: The Story Of Grandmere

4. Chocolat, Film Score: Vianne Sets Up Shop

6. Chocolat, Film Score: Vianne Confronts The Comte

7. Chocolat, Film Score: Other Possibilities

8. Chocolat, Film Score: Guillaume's Confession

9. Chocolat, Film Score: Passage Of Time

10. Chocolat, Film Score: Boycott Immorality

11. Chocolat, Film Score: Party Preparations

12. Chocolat, Film Score: Chocolate Sauce

13. Chocolat, Film Score: Fire

14. Chocolat, Film Score: Vianne Gazes At The River

15. Chocolat, Film Score: Mayan Bowl Breaks

16. Chocolat, Film Score: Taste Of Chocolate

17. Chocolat, Film Score: Ashes To The Wind/roux Returns

Composer: Duke Ellington
Title: Caravan

18. Caravan: Caravan

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Track List: The Road To Wellville (Original Soundtrack)

1. Ladies' Laughing Exercise

2. Intro

3. Treatments

4. Life Is Death Postponed

5. Where The Spirits Soar

6. The Battle Creek San

7. Canzonetta

8. Badger's Picnic

9. Fire At The San

10. Daddy

11. A Chewing Song

12. The San Waltz

13. Handhabung Therapeutik

14. Charles

15. Waltz Of The Flowers

16. Der Lindenbaum

17. Eleanor

18. Stairs

19. Where The Spirits Soar (Instrumental)

20. Endymion

21. History Is About To Be Eaten

22. Rigoletto

23. Wellville

24. Where The Spirits Soar (End Title)

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Track List: War Of The Buttons (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. Front Titles

2. Murphy's Dunes Mobilization

3. Chasing The Fox

4. Night Manoeuvres

5. Battle Of Murphy's Dunes

6. Fergus Is Captured

7. Naked Battle

8. Fishy's Mushrooms

9. Buttons

10. Battle Of Bunduff Castle

11. Fergus Hides In The Woods

12. Helicopter Rescue

13. Pillow Fight/End Titles

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Track List: Used People (Original Score)

1. Main Title

2. Walk And Talk / First Kiss

3. The Third Rail

4. Man On The Moon

5. The Dinner

6. Lucky Horseshoe / Pearl Says Yes

7. Bibby Leaves

8. Out And About

10. Three On A Bench / Swee' Pea On The Roof

11. The Shiva

12. Let Me Cook You Dinner / Deepdale

13. The Grave

14. It Happened To Me Too

15. Kiss The Bride

16. End Titles

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tevaite_2000
Liveing dangeorusley sound track is very good too.
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beautiful music. she is very talented.
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Just a wonderful soundtrack.
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shelby710
I love the soundtrack from Chocolat. I'm a soundtrack buying junky.
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Amazing! Wish I was that talented!
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mangiame
Rachel Portman brings the inner soul of a women to her music. Deep, penetrating and moving. Clearly one of the most remarkable composers of our era.
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chocolat is absolutely gorgeous
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imaginationa c m
The Emma soundtrack is AMAZING <3 ~LL
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rosette_bari a s
huh, xoxoxo, thats a lot of xos ,
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mary7661
I have this CD, Soundtrack from Emma. One of my favorites movies and CDs! I love Rachel Portman's work.
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mary7661
I have this CD, one of my favorites!
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brenda.bisho p 8
Simply mesmerizing.
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Love Rachel Portman's work.
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This movie was okay.Only watched it because Tobey McGuire starred in it��
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badgerrah
The Lake House soundtrack. Just magical.
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popeyesfried
The Belle score was wonderful as well.
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sweaver2010
What? No mention of her beautiful OPERA, The Little Prince, in her bio?
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sweaver2010
What? No mention of her beautiful OPERA, The Little Prince in her bio?
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I love everything Portman does.
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This was a great movie. It's weird how the girl who came from the poor family ended up being rich, on the other hand the girl from the rich family ended up being poor. All this was based on how small their feet were. But this song is really beautiful.
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bhmiller5
This music is.... incredible, to be honest. The perfect balance of pure emotion of varying degrees creates an elaborate mood that can be interpreted on so many levels of consciousnes s . Despite this effect, the music flows smoothly and is not to jarring to the mind and other senses. Wow.
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I can only describe her music as purely majestic
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lindsay.schu l z
Never Let me Go soundtrack is incredible
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One of Best in Composing Film Scores
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lionstar21
I have quite enjoyed her music..... I wish I new more about her .... but I really enjoyed the sound track to Emma
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mcole227
Rachel Portman's film scores are uniformly wonderful. My introduction to her work was the score to an Australian film called Sirens, but Chocolat, Nicholas Nickleby, and countless other movies are much richer for her contribution s .
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This sounds like the soundtrack from Pride and Prejudice? I think perhaps it has been either mislabled or on this movie as well.
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She's so inspiring! :)
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I love her work. She is magnificent.
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Pure Michigan
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nikibelkowsk i , I totally agree - I was aghast when I read Rachel Portman's biggest claim to fame was being the first woman to win a .... What condescendin g nonsense!! Chris True, get a life!
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bang181
Natalie Portman was born in Israel in 1981. Rachel Portman was born in 1961 in the UK. The two are not related.
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vmcdermott09
So glad to be introduced to Rachel Portman because I have loved her music without knowing about her. Thanks for the bio but would like to know more about this fine artist.
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Natalie Portman was not in The Duchess. That was Kiera Knightley.
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Does anyone wonder if Natalie Portman and Rachel Portman are sisters? Because Natalie was in the duchess and Rachel played music...
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The biography presented here is pitifully inadequate for such an amazing talent as Portman. Funny how the biographies of the male contemporary composers are so much more in depth - even for those whose talents and accomplishme n t s pale in comparison to Portman. Shame on Pandora for this atrocious oversight.
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rupsul
Portman is a great artist
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Would love to see mention of Nicholas Nickleby score by Rachel Portman also. It's fantastic!
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Maybe John Williams? I can see that... if you just look at John Williams' more contemplativ e music, like say Empire of the Sun or Seven Years in Tibet.
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Hey, Mike, I guess you wrote this 2 years ago...but which John are you referring to? Did someone make a comparison? I love Rachel Portman's work and was curious.
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Um, Pandora? Rachel and John are nothing like each other. Honest.

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