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Princess Mononoke: Sym. Suite [Soundtrack]

Joe Hisaishi Audio CD
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4. Mononoke Hime
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6. Requiem - The Demon Power
7. The World Of The Dead - Adagio Of Life & Death
8. Ashitaka And San

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Articulation from Screen to Sheet Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Would put this film right up there with "Star Wars" ~ the music is as good or better than John Williams, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith or Ennio Morricone, each cue expressing the story-line with inner-feelings that give the characters life.
This album of symphonic suite's was a brain-storm bringing new arrangements of an already wonderful and successful score from the original soundtrack "PRINCESS MONONOKE" (73138-35864-2 on Milan Records) ~ (see my review on amazon.com/music).
Milan and Hisaishi give us another insight to the opening track "THE LEGEND OF ASHITAKA" (1st movement) with a new version performed by the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mario Klemens over-lapping blending counterpoints with each measure, the result is a wonderful and outstanding performance ~ stirring your emotions once again as you recall this epic animated film and the power-mood-setting score by ~ JOE HISAISHI!
Total Time: 47:26 on 8 Tracks ~ Milan Entertainment 73138-35944-2 ~ (2001)
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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 One of the best scores! March 28 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have been familiar with those works by John Williams,James Horner or someone else who are famous in film music composing in America. Suddenly,I found this album which gave me a great surprise! It has a total different style from those western composers,it's a blending of big orchestration and Asian feelings.It is full of beautiful melodies and harmonies that created a whole epic of human being's emotion.Hisaishi is a terrific composer,we can definitely put this CD(along with the original soundtrack) to the level of best soundtracks.I think any fan of those great American film composers should absolutely get this CD, even I just think everyone should have it.
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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 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 Princess Mononoke Soundtrack: Best thing since sliced cheese
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!
Published on June 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars To hear, with ears unclouded
This album was a real ear-opener. Every song on this CD elaborates upon the original tracks to amazing results. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album
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. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by "war_of_the_4"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This is much better than the OST. The tracks are much longer, and it seems much more complete. The tracks of the OST appear really short. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by fedora_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! A Must have for any discerning music collector!
Wow, this really adds some extra flesh and substance to the already amazing Princess Mononoke soundtrack. Full orchestral bliss!
Published on May 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The HIME of CD's
Seeing this movie, I was amazed of the beauty of the back ground music. It captured every moment and facial expresions.
And this led me to buying the sound track. Read more
Published on April 20 2002 by Johannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful music
I love this CD. The music is very beautiful. I had listen to the song from one of the anime website before I saw the movie. After listening to it, I knew that I must see the movie. Read more
Published on June 20 2001
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