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Dragonheart [Soundtrack]

Randy Edelman Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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1. The World Of The heart-Main Title
2. To The Stars
3. Wonders Of An Ancient Glory
4. Einon
5. The Last Dragon Slayer
6. Bowen's Ride
7. Mexican Standoff
8. Draco
9. A Refreshing Swim
10. Re-Baptism
11. Bowen's Decoy
12. Kyle, The Wheat Boy
13. The Connection
14. Flight To Avalon
15. Finale

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Part of the concept behind applying music to this film will almost certainly have been to whip up a Korngoldian spirit of swashbuckling adventure. In the mock-ups that composer Randy Edelman would have made, it probably sounded like he'd got it. At the orchestral sessions it will have seemed settled. But then he added his own style, which is to overlay live instruments with synth samples (see "Kyle, The Wheat Boy"). The result almost always fits the picture; this time it didn't. Instead it's one of his most enjoyable scores- -but only on disc. What would once have been the movie's bad guy ("Dragonslayer") is now a misunderstood Sean Connery with fiery breath. Curiously there is something of Edelman's score for Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story in the "Main Title" introduction of principal motifs. Then, perplexingly, the spiritual movie finale is sequenced second ("To the Stars"). There are some comic interludes amongst the derring-do, too. After years of waiting for the CGI to catch up this score possibly attempts too much all at once. --Paul Tonks

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5.0 out of 5 stars First song alone May 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
The theme itself is worth the purchase...not to mention the rest of the CD.
Great soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shivers March 2 2004
By Jumbuck
Format:Audio CD
I do not own this cd- YET. I got to listen to it when some of my friends at college had it. It is top of my list and I intend to get it before summer.
Delightful, and soothing- that's what I say. I have not seen the movie, but the soundtrack is so good, that really I don't have to have seen it to enjoy it.
I get shivers when I listen to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edelman¡¯s Best Score July 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
I¡¯m not really a fan of Randy Edelman. I hated his score for ¡®The Mask¡¯. And his attempt at ¡®Ghostbusters 2¡¯ destroyed everything Elmer Bernstein accomplished in the first film. But ¡®Dragonheart¡¯ is the first and only time Edelman has ever impressed me.
For this movie he created a wonderful, wonderful theme that totally stamps over anything ET or Lawrence of Arabia has to offer. The ¡®Dragonheart¡¯ theme is so overpowering and joyous that any serious music collector must own. It¡¯s been used in many trailers and once during some kind of montage at the Academy Awards. It deserves much exposure because it¡¯s totally great. You¡¯ll be playing it over and over. Trust me.
Most of the tracks are uneventful and filled with empty music. But 'World of the Heart', 'To the Stars', ¡®Bowen¡¯s Ride¡¯ and ¡®Final' make it worthwhile. I would give this CD 5/5 but the empty tracks drag it down to 4/5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good music score June 30 2003
By pyroguy
Format:Audio CD
i'm a big fan of Randy Edelman's work, and I liked how he composed the music to Rob Cohen's other movie "XXX", but "Dragonheart" is his best dramatic score, next to Gettysburg. The 2 music tracks "To the Stars" which is played again on the track "Finale" makes me cry my eyes out, each and everytime I listen to it while watching the movie. I say if you're a Randy Edelman fan, this CD iis for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Score! A great Musical achievment. Feb. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are some scores that work great with their respective movies, but suffer without the action onscreen, then there are some movie scores that work in spite of the movie onscreen. Dragonheart falls into the second category. It is an excellent score cd. Randy Edelman does a great job of creating a musical picture for the listener. The story does not matter, it could be about anything, rather its the music that simply enduring. I count Dragonheart and Gettysburg as Edelman's 2 greatest scores. Track 2: To the Stars is one of the most beautiful tracks in cinema history. I highly recommend Dragonheart to anyone that likes excellent intrumental music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack full of heart and soul Feb. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Randy Edelman's best scores. The music is full of lots of themes that are gorgeous, sweeping, and light-hearted. The themes exchange back and forth throughout the score, putting a big smile on your face each time you hear one of them. The main theme in the film is a full blown orchestral delight featuring lots of heavenly strings, found in "The World of the Heart - Main Title". "To the Stars" utilizes a soaring male choir backing up the orchestra playing the main theme. "Wonders of An Ancient Glory" is a heavenly track with lots of soaring strings. "Einon", "The Last Dragon Slayer", and "Flight to Avalon" are 3 great adventurous cues with plenty of powerful brasses and driving war drums. "Mexican Standoff" and "A Refreshing Swim" are 2 playful tracks that are slightly comedic in nature and generally light-hearted and fun. "Draco" and "Re-Baptism" are 2 very light, floating cues with the main theme played beautifully on each one. The best track of them all is the last one, "Finale", which comprises lots of the themes into a grand finale that really explodes and leaves you wanting more. This is definitely one of Edelman's best and one of my favorite scores. A must own!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely THE best! July 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
Being a high-schooler in Band and Marching Band, music in movies stick out to me more than my friends. That is why this CD is the best purchase I have ever made and I recommend it EXTREMELY! I can see all the dramatic parts to the movie come alive when I listen to it and I am moved as much as when I saw the end to the movie.
It will tug at your heart AS MUCH (if not more) then when you saw the sacrifice Draco made - enough said!
The music is composed very well and has become a favorite to all my friends with me in band and I guarantee this will become one of your most cherished CD's!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! June 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you've seen the movie, the music is one of the things you really notice - which is not necessarily what you'd expect as it has no lyrics or anything, purely orchestral. But anyway, I watched the movie, loved it, read the book, watched the movie again, thought "I love this music!!!!" and went on a desperate search for the CD.
Most definitely the best soundtrack to a film I've ever heard and simply way up there with the best music period. The "To the Stars" theme is - magic. Moving, beautiful... listen to it, I don't know what else to say. It fits completely with the story of the movie, although it stands alone fine too, but you can pick out character's themes and little motifs. Apart from the practically heartbreaking main theme, there are all these little lighter pieces too, and it all comes together - beautifully.
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