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Beautiful Mind Enhanced, Soundtrack
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|1. A Kaleidoscope Of Mathematics|
|2. Playing A Game Of 'Go!'|
|3. Looking For The Next Great Idea|
|4. Creating 'Governing Dynamics'|
|5. Cracking The Russian Codes|
|6. Nash Descends Into Parcher's World|
|7. First Drop Off. First Kiss|
|8. The Car Chase|
|9. Alicia Discovers Nash's Dark World|
|10. Real Or Imagined?|
|11. Of One Heart, Of One Mind|
|12. Saying Goodbye To Those You So Love|
|13. Teaching Mathematics Again|
|14. Prize of One's Life... The Prize of One's Mind|
|15. All Love Can Be - Charlotte Church|
|16. Closing Credits|
With Oscar-nominated A Beautiful Mind immediately following Iris (2002), James Horner has captured the tiny market in true-life stories of exceptionally talented individuals with mental health problems. As such, the two scores cannot help but be closely compared, with some of the lyrical English folk-flavoured melodic material from Iris being reworked here. This is, though, a colder score, with recurring, pulsating phrases for the precise world of mathematics seemingly drawing inspiration from the minimalism of Philip Glass, combined with wordless voice paralleling John Williams' approach to A.I. (2001). The voice is provided by soprano Charlotte Church, and her contributions to several cues have considerable beauty. She also performs the song "All Love Can Be" with real eloquence. Horner's songs have in the past blighted the end of films such as Titanic (1997) but this is not only better music, but also far better performed. That said, certain passages, notably "Saying Goodbye to Those You Love" recycle material from Titanic, including the ballad "My Heart Will Go On". The result is attractive and in places moving, though soundtrack collectors will certainly complain of a lack of originality and if choosing between Horner's two recent scores will be better served by Iris, whatever the Academy may think.--Gary S Dalkin
Top Customer Reviews
James Horner's score is at once exciting, dramatic, haunting, dark, and beautiful. The tracks will cause a vast range of emotion to swell within you and all will keep you listening. The classical themes are very well composed, each using the instruments given to truly elaborate what feeling is meant to be displayed in the piece.
Some tracks are intruiging or moving in a simple way, making a slow pace through the piece. Some of these tend to seem repetitive or similar, but listening closely will reveal simply a similar theme in widely different tracks.
Others can be downright inspiring. While dark and brooding, "Nash Descends into Parcher's World" is very heartfelt, with deep instruments pulling along the shadowed dread of what's to come, and produces a villianous feel in a film that really has no villain. It's this negative flow that actually surges the piece forward, making it one stand out, and at the same time, flow right along with the rest of the track, despite the differences.
And unlike many movie scores, this one is able to pull itself alone without needed the recollection of the film or having scene the movie previously to truly enjoy all the scores.
By far, the most brilliant piece on this soundtrack and the one I listen to most frequently is the theme and first piece on the CD, "Kaleidoscope of Mathematics." The easy pipe and string that starts, along with the quickening piano that are all exhulted by Charlotte Church's incredible and beautiful singing. This is an amazing piece through and through, and it's probably one of the best tracks for a movie I've ever heard.
"A Beautiful Mind" is yet another incredible soundtrack by James Horner, and one that is proof of why movie soundtracks are needed as much without the movie as they are within.
Most recent customer reviews
My favorite CD of all time and easily Horner's best soundtrack! I can't get enough of this haunting and beautiful music.Published on Jan. 6 2004
This is probably the best movie soundtrack I have ever heard since I love classical music myself and this is haunting and chilling but it is also beautiful and James Horner,... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Shelby T. Mitchell
Although not so good as "Bicentennial Man", this is a good soundtrack from Mr. Horner. In the first cue, Horner uses material heard before in "Sneakers" and... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Dennis Hazenoot
This is essentially a rehash of Horner's scores to Titanic, Apollo 13, Sneakers, and a half dozen other movies, and it isn't even terribly well done. Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by Truman Burbank
I dont regularly listen to movie scores, rather buy a cd. But after I watched this movie I just had to go out and buy it. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by DjTux
Don't get this CD it's a waste of money. There is no music on it, at least nothing you can play on your PC with XP! Read morePublished on March 28 2003
The vocals by Charlotte Church epitomize how deeply love can affect the very depths of the mind. The score moves me to tears at times. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003