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Dragonheart:  A New Beginning Original Soundtrack by Mark McKenzie

Return of the Dragonheart
Review by Christopher Coleman

 

Dragonheart:  A New Beginning Original Soundtrack by Mark McKenzie

Dragonheart:
A New Beginning
by Mark McKenzie

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Category

Score

Originality 8
Music Selection 8
Composition 8
CD Length 7
Track Order 7
Performance 8
Final Score 8/10

 


Composer 
Mark McKenzie

 

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"Most of Mark McKenzie previous scores (Dr Jekyll And Ms Hyde, Frank And Jesse, Durango, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Warlock: the Armageddon) have been interesting and enjoyable, but with the score for Dragonheart: A New Beginning, the composer has demonstrated how comfortable he can be with a large expansive orchestral work and has produced one of his best works yet. A really enjoyable epic score." MMMM

Andrew Keech - Music from the Movies Reviews Dragonheart: A New Beginning

 

 

Composed, Orchestrated and Produced by Mark McKenzie
Conductor and Contractor: Peter Breiner
Performed by the Slovac Philharmonic, Rona Figueroa
Orchestrations: Pat Russ, Warren Sherk
Released by Varese Sarabande Records- August 2000

One of the most eagerly anticipated scores of 2000 has been for the sequel to the popular Dragonheart score of 1993 by Randy Edelman.   While attracting some criticism for his strong employment of synthesizers, Edelman's magical theme for the movie has remained one of his most beloved. 

Since the mid-Nineties, Edelman has done few scores that match the beauty of Dragonheart, but during this same period of time, another composer is emerging as one of the best composers of romantic themes has emerged, Edelman's friend, Mark McKenzie.  It was a splendid choice to have McKenzie take the baton for the sequel.  Having established his reputation for majestic, memorable themes for films such as Durango, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, and Mr. Jekyll & Ms. Hyde, expectations have been for more of the same for this release.

For Dragonheart: A New Beginning, McKenzie not only employs Edelman's unforgettable theme, but adds a few new elements due to the film's plot.  Mainly, to reflect the Chinese element of the film, McKenzie composes a secondary theme entitled My Heart Goes with You (track 6).  This theme functions as the true main theme for this film and is briefly  reprised in track 14, Tai Chee, and also  n a vocal performance by Rona Figueroa in the concluding track.  It is certainly no Horner/Jennings collaboration, but it is adequate.  Suffice it to say that the instrumental version is much more enjoyable.

McKenzie uses the famous main theme sparingly as it appears in only four tracks of this Varese Sarabande release.  He treats this well-known theme more like a gem to only be shown at special occasions, instead like a foundation for building his entire score around.  

Mark McKenzie certainly sets this sequel score apart from the original when it comes to the action/suspense cues.  The full orchestra not only helps the main theme to blossom, but gives the the action sequences more vitality and an embraceable naturalness.  Where the original Dragonheart floundered, this incarnation continues to shine.

The recording and mix of this release is en par with the majority of Varese Sarabande's releases.   After first listening to the CD one is likely to swear that this is under thirty minutes in length.  This is due to the overall "enjoyability" of the score, but in truth, the total running time is respectable at just under forty minutes.  Fans of the original Dragonheart score and likewise fans of Mark McKenzie have a new score to get their hands on.  Dragonheart:  A New Beginning plays proper homage to the original while subtly, yet effectively establishing its own identity through McKenzie's obvious gifts.

Track Listing and Ratings

 Track  Title  Time

  Rating

1 Dragonheart: A New Beginning (Main Titles) * 4:49  ****
2 I'm Flying?! 2:16  ***
3 Knighthood and the Old Code 1:57  ***
4 Friar Peter Went to Heaven * 1:28  ****
5 Lian's Awesome Flight 1:34  ***
6 My Heart Goes With You (Instrumental) 2:16  ****
7 Dungeon, Skeletons & a Dragon 3:42  ***
8 Serenade to the Stars 1:02  ***
9 Dragon Heaven * 1:16  ****
10 Roland Bullies Geoff 1:24  ***
11 Renaissance Banquet 1:25  ***
12 Chinese Battle the Knights 2:12  ***
13 Withered Heart Tale 0:52  ***
14 Tai Chee 0:46  ****
15 Terragoth Ambush! 2:10  ***
16 Prophetic Transformation 1:20  ****
17 Dragon Fight! 1:24  ***
18 My Wise Master and Closest Friend 1:28  ***
19 Of My Heart to Thee I Give * 1:41  ****
20 My Heart Goes With You (Performed by Rona Figueroa) 3:19  ***
 

Total Running Time

39:24  
 

 * Contains Dragonheart Theme from the original Dragonheart by Randy Edelman

Referenced Reviews:  
Durango | The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca

 
 

 

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