This is a production rife with odd pairings: English actor Daniel Day-Lewis joining up with the Mohawks; James Fenimore Cooper adapted by Michael Mann; disparate composers Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman teaming up. This la... more »st pairing seems a suspicious attempt to endow the score of this modern film adaptation of a junior high school literary evergreen with both a golden age of Hollywood dramatic bent (Jones) and a '90s-slick guitar-muzak veneer (Edelman). A strange amalgam that doesn't quite work. --Jerry McCulley« less
This is a production rife with odd pairings: English actor Daniel Day-Lewis joining up with the Mohawks; James Fenimore Cooper adapted by Michael Mann; disparate composers Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman teaming up. This last pairing seems a suspicious attempt to endow the score of this modern film adaptation of a junior high school literary evergreen with both a golden age of Hollywood dramatic bent (Jones) and a '90s-slick guitar-muzak veneer (Edelman). A strange amalgam that doesn't quite work. --Jerry McCulley
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AN ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 02/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never before bought a soundtrack for a movie that wasn't a musical. This was an exception. Who couldn't help but buy this CD? It is simply one of the most beautiful movie soundtracks of all time, as it perfectly conveys the romance, urgency, and adventure of the movie. It resonates and soars, capturing the essence of the film.Beautifully orchestrated, tracks one through nine were composed by Trevor Jones, and his use of drums, brass, and strings to convey the sweeping saga of the movie is masterful and full of powerful, pulse pounding emotion. Yet, at the same time the music is often poignant.There is a seamless transition to tracks ten through fifteen which were composed by Randy Edelman and are likewise beautiful, but lighter and more ephemeral in tone. The music is more hopeful and mellow, yet at the same time wondrously melodic. The collaborative efforts of the two composers have produced a timeless masterpiece. This is a CD to treasure."
The Greatest Soundtrack from the Greatest Movie Ever!
anna-joelle | Malaysia | 09/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This OST consists of 16 incredibly beautiful and deeply moving music that complemented scenes from the movie perfectly. Trevor Jones composed the first 9 tracks of the album, while Randy Edelman wrote Tracks 10 - 15 (Track 16 is a short song by the group Clannad). Both Jones and Edelman did a brilliant job on the album, although Jones's "Main Title" and another track, "Promentory" remain the most memorable numbers (and my favourites). I also like Jones's "The Kiss" and "The Glade Part II".A couple of Edelman's compositions which I find truly beautiful and outstanding are "The Courier" and "Cora".I play this soundtrack every morning before leaving for work and first thing upon returning home. The music soothes the soul and makes me think (and dream) of the movie a lot, especially of the handsome and heroic Uncas, who's my favourite character in the movie. In my mind and heart, "Promentory" will always be Uncas's song (it recalls vividly to the mind the poignant scene towards the end of the movie of Uncas climbing the cliffs determinedly and fearlessly in order to rescue his love, Alice).How I adore the movie and its music! They will remain my favourites FOREVER."
Excellent...except for a few things.
Lawyeraau | 01/08/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I completely agree with the person who said that they did not appreciate that "Promentory" was cut. I also wish that the end credits from the movie would've been included on the CD. What a gorgeous piece of music. That would've made it so complete. The endings on some of the tracks seem abrupt, like they had to tie it up really quick in order for it to fit on the soundtrack. That kind of bugged me a little. The Last of the Mohicans is my favorite movie of all time (I cannot count how many times I've seen it). It moved me (and continues to move me) emotionally, and it really takes a lot for me to listen to the soundtrack without getting depressed. Pathetic, I know, but I can't help it. I give it four stars because no doubt, the music is beautiful (my favorites being Cora, The Courier, and I Will Find You), but for the omissions, I had to take away a star."
Original, unique and evocative
T. Mazerolle | Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada | 11/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the Last of the Mohicans when I first saw the movie in Theatre. It is a powerful production; full of love, tragedy, and suspense.
A couple of years later, a friend loaned me the tape soundtrack. It was then that I realized the power of the film is entirely carried by the music. Each selection will evoke the emotion of that scene. A good soundtrack always recalls the movie and inspires the emotion. It is an understatement that Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman created a 'good' arrangement of music.
The unique factor for this soundtrack is that it stands on its own as a great collection of art. The arrangement of the sound tells a powerful story that can remain seperate from the film and maintain its' appeal. Everybody knows the soundtrack or at least has some familiarity with at least one selection from the CD.
I recommend this CD as a great improvement from the old audio tape, as an outstanding soundtrack and as a timeless collection of relaxing and passionate music."
Douglas De Bono - Author of No Safe | Minnetonka, mn United States | 03/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've read the book, seen the movie and bought the sound track. The music captures the essence and grandeur of the story. It is at once tragic and heroic, melancholy and romatic, stark and awesome.This is a piece of music that won't age. Everything is captured and frozen in the moments of battle and glory, loss and gain. It is a soundtrack you can keep going back to, and when no one is home you can crank up the speakers to a suitable volume.Even if you don't care for the movie or want to read the book, the music is spectacular."