Much Ado about Nothing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Patrick Doyle

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Much Ado about Nothing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Review

by Evan Cater

Melodramatic ham that he is, Kenneth Branagh seldom lets a minute go by in his screen adaptations of Shakespeare without some kind of musical accompaniment. Patrick Doyle is a shameless enabler for Branagh's music addiction, dealing out 24 tracks worth of sticky sweet orchestrations to satisfy the director's jones. Much Ado About Nothing was Branagh's second Shakespeare film, and at the time of its release his ebullient directorial style seemed radiant and charming. The film was widely regarded as a magnificently robust Hollywood popularization of one of the Bard's cheekiest comedies. But Branagh's unwinking earnestness began to wear thin in later efforts like Hamlet and Love's Labours Lost, making Much Ado seem somewhat light weight in retrospect. Doyle's contribution is nevertheless suitably sweeping and frothy, even if it does borrow rather too liberally from his previous (and superior) compositions for Henry V. As usual, Doyle's greatest work comes in classical vocal tracks like the dirge-like choral passage "Pardon Goddess of the Night" and the winsome musical setting for Shakespeare's poem "Sigh No More Ladies," which receives a beautiful reading in the opening credits by the incomparable Emma Thompson. These help to compensate for the egregiously swollen romantic pieces that underscore ridiculous shots of a lovestruck Branagh splashing around in Venetian fountains.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Much Ado About Nothing, film score
1 Patrick Doyle 02:57 Amazon
2 Patrick Doyle 04:21 Amazon
3 Patrick Doyle 02:07 Amazon
4 Patrick Doyle 02:42 Amazon
5 Patrick Doyle 01:57 Amazon
6 Patrick Doyle 01:20 Amazon
7 Patrick Doyle 02:46 Amazon
8 Patrick Doyle 01:44 Amazon
9 Patrick Doyle 01:59 Amazon
10 Patrick Doyle 03:12 Amazon
11 Patrick Doyle 02:00 Amazon
12 Patrick Doyle 01:40 Amazon
13 Patrick Doyle 01:38 Amazon
14 Patrick Doyle 02:17 Amazon
15 Patrick Doyle 00:48 Amazon
16 Patrick Doyle 03:10 Amazon
17 Patrick Doyle 04:44 Amazon
18 Patrick Doyle 03:03 Amazon
19 Patrick Doyle 01:50 Amazon
20 Patrick Doyle 04:34 Amazon
21 Patrick Doyle 01:42 Amazon
22 Patrick Doyle 01:27 Amazon
23 Patrick Doyle 02:09 Amazon
24 Patrick Doyle 02:41 Amazon
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