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Princess Mononoke [Soundtrack]

Joe Hisaishi Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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4. Demon Power
5. Land of the Impure
6. Encounter
7. Kodamas
8. Forest of the Gods
9. Evening at the Ironworks
10. Demon God II-The Lost Mountains
11. Lady Eboshi
12. Tatara Women Work Song
13. Furies
14. Young Man from the East
15. Requiem
16. Will to Live
17. San and Ashitaka in the Forest of the Deer
18. Princess Mononoke Theme Song
19. Requiem II
20. Battle Drums
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This score to Japan's anime megahit stresses Western musical influences over Eastern, despite the movie's themes being more attuned to Japanese heritage and mythology. Hisaishi (who has contributed music to more than 30 Japanese films) employs a traditional Hollywood-style orchestral movement that is generally lush and pleasing--a soundtrack that could easily fill the boundless skyscapes of classic horse operas. There are occasional exotic moments involving woodwinds or solo violin or both that digress into more indigenous folksongs, but these, too, have soothing melodies akin to what one might demand from sushi dinner music. The operatically trained Sasha Lazard offers the sweet and ethereal "Theme Song" (with lyrics by director Hayao Miyazaki). These tracks may not always be distinctive but they manage to evoke moods of mysticism and, of course, ritual violence. --Joseph Lanza

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Revies (real original huh?) ^-^ June 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
this cd is a great companion to the princess mononoke movie. (if you've watched the movie enough times) it's as if you are watching the movie as you listen to the music. the music creates great impacts on the listener and is a great cd to just listen to. so i give this magnificent cd a 5 star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hisaishi and Miyazaki perfect team! Nov. 30 1999
By C. Moon
Format:Audio CD
Ever since I was introduced to Miyazaki a few years back, I have greedily inhaled every snippet of his celuloid available to the american public (which saddly isn't enough!), and when the soundtrack to Mononoke appeared at local vendors I was quick to pick it up, knowing how fantastic Hisaishi's work was in Totoro and Kiki's. Yet never having seen the film, the music was not immediately compelling, albeit still quite good. But just last week Mononoke was given 'wider' release affording me the opportunity to see this amazing film, and since then I've probably listened to the soundtrack a few dozen times. For those who have fallen in love with this film (and you should!) you will need this soundtrack; perhaps the only thing to ease the anxious waiting for Mononoke to come out on video (hopefully DVD!).
There is really no seperating these two works--the film would be empty without Hisaishi's beautiful score, yet without first understanding how these pieces connect with images and emotions, the soundtrack at first might seem too repetitive. Somehow this differs from soundtracks which work only within the context of the movie, instead we have a very strong and elegant score which uses several subtle themes which do not seem to take form until given an image by which to solidify in the listeners mind. Perhaps it is also a somewhat difficult score, often dark and not seemingly melodic, yet moments too beautiful for words shine through, such as the mononoke theme, the music (I believe it is track 3) which is used during the evening scene where Ashataka and Yakkle leave the villiage and Ashataka says goodbye to his sister (formerly his fiance in the original version), as well as the already mentioned Taratara work song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
All I have to say is...GET THIS CD! The music is so beautiful and amazing - it's pretty much as good as the Lord of the Rings soundtracks, which is saying a lot! Even though the main themes are repeated quite a few times, it's not exactly the same each time, so it doesn't get annoying enough to change the song. For me it took a while to get to like this soundtrack, but once I started listening to it more, I loved it! The only slightly disappointing thing about the Japanese version is that the lady who sings in # 20's voice is not what I would call...pretty. (So you're not really missing anything if you get the English versoin, in my opinion.) But who cares?! The rest of the ost is great! I highly recommend this cd! I also recommend the soundtrack to My Neighbor Totoro!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd Nov. 25 2003
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
This cd has some of the best music ever if you loved the movie as much as I did you need to get it. end of story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Haunting Oct. 24 2003
By A. Gray
Format:Audio CD
From the moment I finished the movie, I knew I wanted the soundtrack. The haunting tunes and smooth melodies are not only good with the movie, but on their own. Each song has it's own theme, and rarely is a melody used more than once. Joe Hisaishi, the composer of the CD, has taken the visual beauty of Princess Mononoke and turned it into a powerful music score. His uses wind instruments like flutes and string instruments such as violins to create the flowing experience that follows through the entire soundtrack. One song that leaves this flowing theme is that of the 'Battle Drums.' Instead of the wind and strings, Hisaishi moves to the powerful drums of Kodo. I have been to a Kodo performance, and Hisaishi takes the long Japanese tradition and shifts it perfectly to fit in with both the movie and the soundtrack. All I can say is that this soundtrack is worth it; it is not necessary to see the movie to enjoy Hisaishi's masterpiece.
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Format:Audio CD
I would add that I was so impressed with this soundtrack that I bought an album of Hisaishi's works contained on a single disc. My conclusion is that the magic that went into making this movie - and its soundtrack - resulted from an astonishing chemistry of creative people influencing each other in amazing ways. Alone, Hisaishi is a tunesmith of pleasing pop and not much more. Here, he is a tried-and-true composer. This is his great masterpiece. Even if you call this 'mood' music, it is a magical mood to be in.
For a movie that is not about music, this is one of the great soundtracks in the history of the motion picture art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting April 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since I first saw "Princess Mononoke," I fell in love with the soundtrack. I buy very few of the modern scores, since I prefer the classic orchestral scores of the '60s and '70s, but I would almost rank this with "Braveheart" and Howard Shore's music for "Lord of the Rings." Since I bought it, I have listened to little else. One note: Given their equally high reviews here, I also bought the Symphonic Suite from the same film, and oddly enough, found it less "listenable" and just a bit more intense when I would have expected the reverse. However, neither will be a disappointment if you want a lush, romantic film score with a bit of Japanese flavor (though it is more European). The vocals are also lovely, both the Japanese and the English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Sad, beautiful, and breath-taking this composition. Very few other musical scores are the same in factors of beauty. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Goku
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Music
I've been wanting to get this for a long time and am not disapointed.Wonderful large full booming mucis with a soft touch of nature in it.Complmary to the feauture film.
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by FlyingDream
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get any better than this...
This is one of the best soundtracks ever. Nothing before it and nothing after it will ever quite hit the emotional level that Mononoke has. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by Elodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Beautiful
^^ I REALY REALLY recommend this CD because it's a beautiful, breath-taking experience. After listening to it once, you'll want to hear it again - the drums are great and the... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2002 by Elodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Get!!!!
This is a great buy for anime fans!!! Great Music to a great movie.
Published on July 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Anime Soundtracks Ever!!!
This is one of the most prized CDs in my collection... The music is absolutely incredible within the film, and functions extremely well as a stand-alone CD - even for those... Read more
Published on March 4 2002 by James M. Stafford III
5.0 out of 5 stars A classical masterpiece of anime music.
For those who have seen and simply loved the film "Princess Mononoke", this soundtrack is the perfect companion. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2001 by "arxane"
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