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Birth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Alexandre Desplat
  • Composer: Alexandre Desplat
  • Audio CD (Nov. 9 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: New Line Records
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • ASIN: B00066VUMA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prologue
2. The Engagement
3. The Rendez-vous
4. Under A Spell
5. The Wedding
6. Letter
7. The Kiss
8. Mr. Reincarnation
9. Day Out
10. Knight At Night
11. Timpani
12. Another Lifetime
13. My Dead Husband
14. Elegy
15. Birth Waltz

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I was not familiar with Desplat's work, not realizing I had already heard many of his soundtracks. I have not seen the movie 'Birth', but the soundtrack was recommended on an audiophile site as a great recording for testing out audio systems, so I took a chance and ordered the CD (not available as download from anywhere). I will admit that, though I think Desplat's music is generally very good and well matched to each movie's subject matter, I was disappointed overall with this CD. The opening piece is quite wonderful with the full orchestra, but the rest I found rather boring. I'm sure it's perfect for the movie, but most pieces are just too subtle and, well, boring as an independent work of music to listen to. One could argue that most soundtracks could be described this way, out of their natural context. Yet, I have found that many great movie composers have created music that can, indeed, stand on its own - my favourite being Bernard Hermann. Don't let my review dissuade you, especially if you already have some knowledge of, and affinity for, Desplat's work, as he is obviously a gifted composer. But, for me, this particular soundtrack will not bear repeat listening.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Imagination reborn...... Dec 11 2004
By Tracy Gray - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I FINALLY got my CD in the mail from Amazon and it had been about a month since I'd actually seen the film (maybe longer) and as soon as it cued up and began to play, it was uncannily just as etherial and eerie sounding as it was the first time. I have a handful of music scores I listen to quite often (Gladiator, Jaws, American Beauty), but this one has quickly become my favorite. The two pieces "The Wedding" and "Elegy" are the ones I find myself listening to over and over. "The Kiss" and "Mr. Reincarnation" are right behind. I find myself falling asleep each night listening to this score on my Dell DJ and on those nights my battery is too low to run the player and has to recharge, I certainly miss the eerie lullabies. I think this score made the set the mood and kept it in a somber and internalizing place. I am looking forward to hearing more of Alexandre Desplat's work.....most definately.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Hauntingly Beautiful Jan. 16 2005
By Bradley Root - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't know a thing about reviewing film scores. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I haven't a clue what any of the instruments are, so identifying one I like within a track is completely out of the question. The most I can do is point out that in my review of the film, I state that the opening sequence of it is the most beautiful piece of film I've ever seen, mostly because of the score going on behind it. Based on that one piece of music, Prologue, I bought the score after watching the movie for a second time.

What I'm surprised by, though, is that the piece of music I bought the score for is actually the weakest when taken out of the film. Prologue , when taken away from the gorgeous film accompanying it in the beginning of the movie, is actually not the best piece on the album. The rest of the score, however, shines brilliantly when taken out of the film. It's not often that I find myself sitting down listening to a score, most of the time I'll get bored of them, music needs vocals for me, but this score is different. There's something undeniably beautiful and brilliant about it, so full of life that it doesn't need the film to go along with it. Based on how I felt the second time I saw Birth, I'd have to say that I prefer the score by itself to how it sounds within the film.

If you consider yourself a fan of music in any way, I would recommend that you give this a listen. It's one of the most unique and hauntingly beautiful pieces of music I've heard in a very long time. I don't know how Alexandre Desplat came up with it all, it's more then my mind could even begin to comprehend.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
dark, dreamy, amazing July 19 2005
By T. Meirav - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Music for the small hours of the night, grabs you to another world, enchanting and powerful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Soundtrack Aug. 10 2005
By W. W. Wickline - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the finest soundtracks in recent years. The entire album plays as a harmonious whole and is haunting and hypnotic. It is beautiful music that stands on its own whether you have seen the movie or not. It is at once minimalist like a Philip Glass piece and lush in places in the classical music sense. It goes back and forth between these two genres in a very satisfying way.

I was a bit perplexed by the movie and wasn't sure if I liked it or not but this sountrack is a gem.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Haunting melodies with harmonic breadth Jan. 25 2005
By E. Parkinson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb soundtrack, perhaps the strongest element for the feature film. I recommend this for all who collect highly listenable, mood-themed soundtracks.

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