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Old 09-19-2008, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is a strong film that captures ones imagination with not only a good tale to tell but also the added bonus of a good soundtrack. For me the film from 1993 The Piano is not just good but great but then add the soundtrack and I have that rare event, seamless entertainment that I can watch and listen to time after time. In short the film The Piano should have won an Oscar and in any other year would have but was up against a strong field that included Schindler's List! Be that as it may after all these years I can still play the wonderful soundtrack with piano by Michael Nyman with the Munich Philharmonic from his own score. In short I generally prefer my Classical music minimalist and for me this beautiful album excels in this field. The recurring theme is bewitching. It runs through the vast majority of the soundtrack beginning with The Heart Asks For Pleasure


There are 19 pieces in total with the final Dreams Of A Journey taking the theme to a slow orchestral height that finish's this masterpiece.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have still yet to see the movie but the score is absolutely fantastic. I listen to it constantly.
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I have still yet to see the movie but the score is absolutely fantastic. I listen to it constantly.
You have to like period pieces. The acting by all is outstanding. Sam Neill was just fantastic.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have it on my Bose System @ home on shuffle. That's how much I love the soundtrack. The reason why I enjoy listening to this so much stems from bringing back some of the best memories of my life during the period this movie came out. I was still in high school and experiencing this love/hate relationship with my neighbor who was in the same grade. We wound up becoming friends and he went with me to see this movie along w/ my brother and his sister. A year later when it came out on cable, I saw it again with Malcom (my neighbor), but this time we spent half the time watching it and the other half embracing and kissing. We're still quite close today as he is married with one son and living 5,000 miles away in Vienna working for Red Bull GPH (Yes, "The" Red Bull energy drink).

Getting back on-topic, the one piece that I relate to the most is probably the most popular: The Sacrifice. This was playing during the scene where Stewart (the person that Holly Hunter's character Ada was supposed to marry in New Zealand) had the audacity to sell Ada's piano to their neighbor George (who is Harvey Keitel's character). I really felt for her because in the movie, Ada is a mute: The only thing that she can connect to in this "strange" land (her and her daughter Flora arrived to Southern New Zealand from Scotland) besides her daughter.

Anyway, it's a beautiful score. I also recommend listening to Micheal Nyman's score for the movie "The Libertine." That one is really good too.
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