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Princess Mononoke: Sym. Suite [Soundtrack]

Joe Hisaishi Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think you've heard it all... March 13 2004
By xpianox
Format:Audio CD
Tchaikovsky would have loved this score. This rich European symphonic performance takes Joe Hisaishi's masterwork to another level. The only thing missing is the beautiful vocal track (get the OST Japanese version for the magnificent countertenor). This score beautifully conveys the sense of quest, the loyalty, the conflict, and the hopefulness of the film. The soundtrack to Princess Mononoke is an integral component of the movie, as much as the story and the artwork. More than most directors, Miyazaki in intimately involved in the creation of the music. Scan the web for the poetry that Miyazaki provided to Joe Hisaishi to inspire this score.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting take on the soundtrack Jan. 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It took me a while to convince myself to buy this CD, because I already had the OST. However, I am glad I bought it. I can't exactly say that it is that much better than the OST, but is better recorded (less static in the background). It is also an interesting take on the soundtrack. In general, it seems that the parts are cut off harder, instead of fading out, and what was slurred more in the OST is tounged. Some of my favorite solos are sometimes almost inaudible and sometimes the balance of instruments is off, but that's alright. The general feeling is not the same as the movie as it feels less somber, so I belive that the OST goes with the movie better. Don't bother with listening to the online samples, as they don't really display what this album has. Very interesting sound, buy it if you are a hardcore Mononoke or classical music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Articulation from Screen to Sheet Dec 31 2003
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Joe Hisaishi is responsible for some of the more memorable soundtracks for today's family classics. Movies such as the 2003 Academy Award winner (for best animated feature film)"Spirited Away," and other family favorites like "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Kiki's Delivery Service," can pay their debt to this man for giving them their musical soul.
Hisaishi's ability to write symphonic tracks that appeal to both children and adults alike is a unique ability. The music on the Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite CD will easily find ubiquity among both crowds of classical and popular music.
Each track contains its own feelings, and each note reflects a moment in the film. There isn't a song on this CD that cannot be instantly framed to a part in the movie. This is one of those albums that you can listen to straight through. Joe Hisaishi perfectly articulates screen to sheet in the way that only he can.
I know a lot of buyers might be wondering why Joe Hisaishi used The Czech Philharmonic for the symphohic suite instead of the original Tokyo Philharmonic. But don't be alarmed, the Czech players give the music a unique European touch that flows through-and-through with the film, original OST (Original Soundtrack), and overall theme of man vs. nature. After hearing the symphonic suite I would have to agree with Hisaishi San's choice of spice.
All in all, I would have to say that this CD is an essential for both fans of soundtracks, anime, and classical music alike.
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By A Customer
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This is the most wonderful CD I have ever heard! I love it so much, I am buying my own copy! (Even though my friend owns it) I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Companion to the Score April 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I ordered both the Symphonic Suite and the Film Score after falling in love with "Princess Mononoke" and its beautiful music. Somewhat surprisingly, I found the Suite more intense and slightly less flowing than the Score, but both are lovely, dramatic, romantic recordings, and I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in either one. The themes remind me strongly of "Braveheart"; a friend was reminded of Howard Shore's music for "Lord of the Rings." Strong praise, in my opinion. Listening to the score adds another level of enjoyment when revisiting the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To hear, with ears unclouded Jan. 16 2003
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
This album was a real ear-opener. Every song on this CD elaborates upon the original tracks to amazing results. I thought the OST (Original Soundtrack) was good, but the symphonic suite was brilliant. On this album Jo Hisaishi composes for the Czech Philharmonic, for the European-Slavic feal that the music needed. The Tokyo Philharmonic just wasn't doing the music justice. I was at first sceptical, but not anymore. The Symphonic Suite blows the OST out of the fores (bad joke).
Buy this CD if you wan't superb songs, sound quality, and some good Mononoke music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album Dec 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I first saw the movie I knew I had to get the soundtrack. When I finally did, it turned out to be one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. When I saw this CD I figured "What the hey, why not". I was amazed. The orchestrations are much bigger and it is an overall better preformance than the original soundtrack. This CD is more of a concert than a soundtrack. It's less programatic and just flows better. If you enjoyed the themes of the movie, but wish they were drawn out more, this is definately a CD for you.
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