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The English Patient: Original Soundtrack Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Anthony Minghella's Oscar-winning realization of Michael Ondaatje's intricate romance deservedly earned comparisons to David Lean's sweeping screen epics derived from strong literary sources. Like Lean, Minghella sought an... more »
Anthony Minghella's Oscar-winning realization of Michael Ondaatje's intricate romance deservedly earned comparisons to David Lean's sweeping screen epics derived from strong literary sources. Like Lean, Minghella sought an equally thoughtful, yet ravishing musical counterpart that fleshes out a sympathetic orchestral score with allusions to the story's cultural milieu. The equation begins with Gabriel Yared's tender, brooding symphonic score, which mingles the film's poles of fate and passion with subtlety and restraint, then adds the exotic, mesmerizing voice of Marta Sebestyen (best known for her work with Muzsikas, the brilliant Hungarian folk revivalists, who also appear here), whose presence provides a literate clue to the title character's true identity. The film's '40s time-frame gains resonance and dramatic irony by pop songs from that era, including Benny Goodman swing classics and two versions of Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" (by Fred Astaire and Ella Fitzgerald, respectively). Add a pivotal Bach cue and this is a film package that works even if you don't know the film--and that much more powerfully if you do. --Sam Sutherland
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Magnificent and magical
GLADYS CARBOFLOWER | 07/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording of Gabriel Yared's Academy Award winning film score for the English Patient is nothing short of magical. His ability to draw from a variety of worlds is pure genius, organic and unaffected, as is the way he weaves all into this truly inspired work of art.
The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the soloist are superb.
Not only does Yared's music lift the film into another dimension while it moves the story forward; it can stand on its own by virtue of its sheer majesty and completeness; much like Wagner, Yared's music has a life of its own separate from the action or performance.
And like unlike other composers, his hand seems to be directed from above.
As a musician who is beguiled by beauty, I am in awe of this composer and highly recommend this CD without reservations.
Gladys Carbo Flower"