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Braveheart Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (May 31 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • ASIN: B000004286
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title
2. A Gift Of A Thistle
3. Wallace Courts Murron
4. The Secret Wedding
5. Attack On Murron
6. Revenge
7. Murron's Burial
8. Making Plans/Gathering The Clans
9. Sons Of Scotland
10. The Battle Of Stirling
11. For The Love Of A Princess
12. Falkirk
13. Betrayal and Desolation
14. Mornay's Dream
15. The Legend Spreads
16. The Princess Pleads For Wallace's Life
17. 'Freedom'/The Execution/Bannockburn
18. End Credits

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A 1996 Academy Award nominee for Best Dramatic Score, Braveheart is one of composer James (Titanic) Horner's most accomplished works. Utilizing the full range of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, and a small ensemble of traditional folk instrumentalists, Horner largely eschews the bombast typical of the genre and cuts a more emotionally complex--and satisfying--musical course through this 14th-century tale of betrayal and rebellion. This album presents ample evidence of why Horner is currently at the peak of his profession. --Jerry McCulley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rufus on July 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
I cant remember when I actually became a James Horner fan...probably when Legends of the Fall came out. What a talent this man is! He composes the most incredible music for films - A Beautiful Mind,Land Before Time,Man without a Face (another Mel Gibson movie and FANTASTIC SCORE...the end credits to that movie is superb!)Lately I've been listening to his work from the movie "Iris"...again another great score.This man is just infallible when it comes to composing i tell you...my favorites off that score would be track 1,3 and 6. But in my opinion nothing is as great as his work he's done on Braveheart. My favorites off of the Braveheart score would have to be 6,9,11,16,17,and 18. Why not just say the whole album?!?! Haha. This is such an inspirational score being a composer myself. James has been one of my great sorces of inspiration for me. I wish I could tell him just how much his music has ment to me and has encouraged me over the years. Braveheart is an amazing movie but I think wouldnt have been as perfect if it wasnt for the incredible music accompanying it. Theres just no other that can top this soundtrack in my opinion...its just simply wonderful/perfect/beautiful/flawless!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David P Henreckson on Oct. 8 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are some movies which are simply musical gold mines. For the most part, these tend to be historical or epic movies like Ben Hur or Gone With the Wind. And certainly Mel Gibson's Braveheart presented such a golden opportunity to composer James Horner. Fortunately, Horner turned out to be excellent at mining the gold from this musical mine.
From the opening track, the discerning listener will understand that Horner is trying to produce a romantic, melancholy, and almost mystical atmosphere. The strings intertwine to create a sense that this legendary story of honor and freedom is being lifted out of an ancient mist. Then the mystic drone of the bagpipe is heard, and it is at this point that anyone with a true soul begins to break down. It is very rare that music can really touch the soul; it is even rarer for a soundtrack to do so. For all its greatness, a John Williams score is generally too boisterous to pierce to the heart. But Horner knows not only how to excite the senses with the drumbeats and battle-horns of war, but also how to arouse the long-forgotten desire to live a legend. In the end, it is very hard to resist the desire to don a kilt and rush, sword drawn, at some modern-day tyrant.
In this way, Horner's Braveheart is a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Z on April 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
So many great scores have come before this, providing films with the perfect accompaniment. But some are both perfect for the movie, as well as independently as music. This score, beautifully composed by the brilliant James Horner, enchants and relaxes us. The flow of the music is so smooth that one you have listened to the whole score, it seems too flawless to be real. I love this movie, and the score is too sensual to ignore. It is the very root of what makes this a great world in which to live.
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Format: Audio CD
Listening to the soundtrack of 'Braveheart' regularly has made me realize just how powerful music can make a film. I firmly believe that Braveheart would not have been as great a movie were it not for James Horner's music.
This is a very moving soundtrack. While there is a common musical theme/or sound that runs through the entire soundtrack (which is typical of movie soundtracks), Horner's imagination gives each song a new twist, added verse, or slightly different melody that keeps the listener's attention. Moreover, I love the sound of bagpipes (despite the fact that I come from a Welsh background) ; )
The tracks themselves have many various textures from smooth melodious flowing music to gruff, fully orchestrated pieces that rattle your player until there is an abrupt stop in the music and you are left wanting more. The feeling of the movie definitely comes out in the music.
Having been an avid soundtrack collector for over 20 years now, I can safely say that this is one of the best sountracks out there. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Audio CD
In short, Braveheart is a story of a Scotsman who rallied his compratriots to fight for freedom from the English, but it is so much more than that. It is fitting that much of it was filmed in Athlone, Ireland, because Irish people share an affinity with the Scots that goes back to our Celtic origins. This is why I love the scene in the movie where the Irish conscripts join their Scottish brethren on the battlefield to fight their common foe, the English.
This is just a little of the background to why I love the score to this movie so much. Watching it and listening to the music made me want to get up out of my chair and don a broadsword and shield on many occasions. The victory theme in the "The Battle of Stirling" truly made my heart soar and made me proud to be a Celt.
The love themes throughout this CD are touching to say the least, as are the more downright depressing numbers. After Gladiator, I thought there was no other music that could touch the senses as much as Zimmer's did for me... I was wrong.
Buy it! A movie score that has all your emotions wrapped up in 78 minutes. Enjoy.
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Format: Audio CD
When I heard all of the reviews of this soundtrack and how highly everyone rated it, I knew I had to get it. Braveheart is a celtic sounding score with a lot of other Irish feel to it. The themes are superb and the orchestral performance is excellent, but for me most of the soundtrack sounded like a lot of background music with nothing, besides the themes that would stand out. Horner uses traditional Scottish and Irish instruments such as the Uillean pipes along with the Bodhran drums. He also uses his usual brass and percussion as well which any fan of Horner will instantly recognize. The tracks that were the best are "Main Title", "A Gift of a Thistle", "The Secret Wedding", "Sons of Scotland", "For the Love of a Princess", "Betrayal and Desolation", and the "End Credits". Action music was dominant in "The Battle of Stirling", "Falkirk", and "Mornay's Dream". By now you are probably thinking why didn't you give it 5 stars. It's mainly because the majority of the music is simply background music that, while still good, doesn't succeed nearly as well as when the majestic themes are played in their full force. Yes the themes are used a lot in the score, but that can also get a little old after a while. If debating about getting this one, I suggest that you get it. It is very long, with about 78 minutes of music on it. It is a satisfying listen on the whole, but needed a little more oomph to it.
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