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The Mission: Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Ennio Morricone's Academy Award-nominated score captures the conflict between 18th-century Jesuit missionaries trying to convert the native Indians, and the slavers who want to destroy them. In keeping with the serious sub... more »
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Ennio Morricone's Academy Award-nominated score captures the conflict between 18th-century Jesuit missionaries trying to convert the native Indians, and the slavers who want to destroy them. In keeping with the serious subject matter and epic scope of Roland Joffé's film, the score is by turns grave, lyrical, and tense. Ever inventive, Morricone mixes liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars, often in the very same track, to capture the drama of the culture clash. His trademark lyricism also comes through, notably in the beautiful themes for "Gabriel's Oboe" and "The Mission." Not as over-the-top as his well-known spaghetti Western scores, The Mission shows Morricone at his dramatic best. --Heidi MacDonald
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A soundtrack befitting a great movie
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 10/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As soundtracks go, this one is not as epic or dymanic as, say, that of Dances with Wolves or Children of Dune. What this soundtrack does boast is one of the most beautiful themes you will ever hear during your sojourn on this planet. Played on an oboe, daring in its simplicity, it is absolutely captivating. It expresses both sorrow and grandeur, and as such it nicely complements both the storyline as well as the breath-taking cinematography of the film. This is by far Ennio Morricone's most popular & memorable soundtrack - and for good reason!
Excellent and a half
Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 08/07/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I know Ennio Morricone's work from his 1960s western scores and his frightening music from films of Dario Argento. Hearing this ethereal religious music is quite a throw, this master composer working making high art that is not high art of pop culture.
But you can't deny the sheer dark power of Marricone's orchestral sweep on the Mission. The coral work reminds a listener of 18th century church music from Europe, and the heavy arrangements along with huge modern production give this score quite the impact.
And later in the album, the master does return to the dark shadows I know as his trademark. Does the known breed contempt--not in the least. Either way all the music on the Mission is flawless."