(2004) Vanity Fair

Various Artists

... read moreWilliam Makepeace Thackeray's satire Vanity Fair (first published in magazine installments, 1874-78) is a "Novel Without a Hero," as its subtitle proclaims, but it is not without a villain who has her reasons: Becky Sharp is a young woman lacking a fortune or a position in British society in the...

45′:14″ 25 Songs

1
She Walks In Beauty (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:59
2
Exchange (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
2:10
3
Becky And Amelia Leave School (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:26
4
Traditional: The Great Adventurer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
2:05
5
Becky Arrives At Queen's Crawley (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:43
6
Andante (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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1:08
7
No Lights After 11 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
2:48
8
Adagio (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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1:35
9
I've Made Up My Mind (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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0:28
10
Ride To London (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
2:03
11
Becky And Rawdon Kiss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
2:00
12
Sir Pitt's Marriage Proposal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:38
13
I Owe You Nothing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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1:14
14
Piano For Amelia / Announcement Of Battle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
3:11
15
Time To Quit Brussels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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2:37
16
Waterloo Battlefield (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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1:28
17
Amelia Refuses Dobbin / The Move To Mayfair (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
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2:03
18
Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
2:45
19
Steyne The Pasha (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:11
20
El Salam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:33
21
The Virtue Betrayed (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
0:38
22
Rawdon's End (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
0:46
23
Dobbin Leaves Amelia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:06
24
Vanity's Conquerer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
1:13
25
Gori Re (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Vanity Fair")
Various Artists
4:26
Released 01 January 2004, This Compilation ℗ 2004 Universal Classics Group, a Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

Review

William Makepeace Thackeray's satire Vanity Fair (first published in magazine installments, 1874-78) is a "Novel Without a Hero," as its subtitle proclaims, but it is not without a villain who has her reasons: Becky Sharp is a young woman lacking a fortune or a position in British society in the first half of the 19th century and is forced to make her way on her wits while happily unencumbered by scruples or morals. She is, in Thackeray's view, the ideal person in a world full of hypocrisy and materialism. In a contemporary world she is scarcely less so. Director Mira Nair might have attempted a modern version for her film adaptation, but she chose instead to go back to the original setting and cast Reese Witherspoon as Sharp. That compels composer Mychael Danna to write music in the style of the day, which means orchestral scores with classical and romantic antecedents, as well as chamber music. She sets poems by Lord Byron and Alfred, Lord Tennyson to tunes and has them sung by Sissel and Custer LaRue, respectively. She references Beethoven and Haydn, and even flirts anachronistically with Tchaikovsky when she gets to the battle of Waterloo. There isn't much suggestion of Thackeray's social criticism, at least in the music; the composer seems to have concentrated on matching the scenery and the costumes. Toward the end, there are a couple of Indian songs, "El Salaam," by Hakim, and "Gori Re," sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma, that come as a surprise and seem out of place. ~ William Ruhlmann