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The Passion Of The Christ [Soundtrack]

John Debney Audio CD
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1. The Olive Garden
2. Bearing The Cross
3. Jesus Arrested
4. Peter Denies Jesus
5. The Stoning
6. Song Of Complaint
7. Simon Is Dismissed
8. Flagellation / Dark Choir / Disciples
9. Mary Goes To Jesus
10. Peaceful But Primitive / Procession
11. Crucifixion
12. Raising The Cross
13. It Is Done
14. Jesus Is Carried Down
15. Resurrection

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The film has created one of the biggest stirs in recent Hollywood history, and now the soundtrack is set to cause a similar sensation. Written by composer and multi-instrumentalist John Debney, this profoundly beautiful score blends elements of classical and folk music, with a decidedly Eastern influence--it's a masterful work that retains its emotional power apart from the images on screen. Not to be missed.


Mel Gibson staked $30 million and his superstar reputation on this painstakingly bloody interpretation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all the while dodging charges of anti-semitism and fostering excruciating cinematic gore at the expense of Christ's message (a notion that also begs some uncomfortable questions about this version's S&M undertones). But because the film's dialog plays out in ancient authentic language dialects, John Debney's musical score takes on an even more central dramatic role. In some ways an unlikely choice as composer (having cut his teeth on many a lightweight comedy and kidflick) Debney nonetheless rises to the challenge, first conjuring up a synth-laden soundscape whose gothic moodiness should be familiar to admirers of the work of Lisa Gerrard, then seasoning it with indigenous instruments, booming percussion and ancient modalities that give the score an almost palpable sense of time and place. As did Jeff Danna on his earlier score for the gentler, de facto companion piece, The Gospel of John, Debney eventually gets 'round to genuflecting towards some Hollywood choral and melodic traditions (the Gospels themselves having arguably helped lay the original foundations for Tinseltown's venerable three-act structure), but there's nothing cheap about his music of triumph and redemption, rooted as ever in roiling currents of ancient spiritual mysticism. Gibson's vision of the Passion has had many second-guessing his motivations and choices, but Debney's rich, evocative score proves there's nothing wrong with his ears. -- Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfull! June 28 2004
By joaomsp
Format:Audio CD
I liked the movie! We have to see behind the scenes and the powerfull message beyond the images. I has so beatifull images and the photograph in wonderfull. this soundtrack is very beautifull and we can go deeper within the Passion than in the movie. It has so peacefull and insight movements in the tracks, and the female voice and chorus and atonishing. I feel myself very toutched emotionally and spiritually every time I listen to this score. I very good cd to add to your music collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Use of Duduk Armenian instrument May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am just leaving this note for some person who thought duduk is an Azery instrument.Dear friend if you don't know where duduk music or duduk is originated please don't mislead other people as you are misled. Duduk is an Armenian instrument which was originated by Armenainian people. If you had a better knowledge of music or even your culture you would have known this.Duduk explains the intersting history of Armenian people in last years and after the Armenian genocide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Breathtaking and Beautiful... May 21 2004
By Beth
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks that I have ever heard. John Debney was an unknown composer to me before first hearing about "The Passion of the Christ", and I have to say that his score for this film is equal to the integrity and beauty of many of my favorite scores, which include "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Shawshanke Redemption"...Just to name a few....This score did not immediately blow me away...But after seeing the film and having my devotion and perspective of my relationship with Christ changed, I am moved each and every time that I hear this music. How anyone can even compare it to Peter Gabriel's score is completely unfounded. I do agree that the style is similar, because of the use of Middle Eastern instruments, but that is where the comparison ends. Gabriel's score uses the same melody over and over again and there is hardly any use of strings at all while each of the pieces on "The Passion" score are different and obviously mean more to the composer then just trying to be a breakthrough in scoring movies. "The Passion of the Christ" soundtrack is amazing and I hope that it will be given the recognition that it deserves.
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Somehow, John Debney, having composed the scores to a good number of films has managed to stay well below the radar of popularity. It may not be a complete accident, then, that one of the all-time top 10 most popular movies, 'The Passion of the Christ' lent itself to catapult his name among the most famous scorers out there now. However, I have a dilemma with this album.
It is not difficult to be captivated by the album's beauty. One song after another bring in elements drawn from a blend of soul-touching choirs and straight-up epic musical soundscapes bound to please fans of epics in the league of 'Braveheart' and 'Gladiator' alike. Here's where part of my dilemma begins, then. I love the music, but I can't help think once and again, like other reviewers, that I've heard this before. If the comparisons with James Horner's compositions have you bored, I invite you to play the music to "The Last Temptation of Christ," by Peter Gabriel, which he captured in his legendary 1989 album 'Passion'. You will be shocked at how similar some of the tracks from Debney's score are to Gabriel's work 15 years ago, in particular where he brings in middle eastern elements to the mix.
In sum, since I can't take away from the score's beautiful work, I will give it a high score, which would be five stars under normal circumstances, but given the amount and depth of the similarities between this work and others, I will take a way a full star. Let's leave it at a comfortable four, which will make me feel in peace with my [musical] soul.
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The whole soundtrack is of course a must-own for any music lover. John Debney made a truly remarkable job in bringing the music from all over the world and fuse it into one in this CD. Of particular interest, is the "Song of Complaint", which has music from distant Azerbaijan, played by Goksel Baktagir and Yurdal Tokcan, and internally known as the "Azeri" song. (...). The instrument used, duduk, is an ancient one used in the Caucasus, particularly in Western Azerbaijan. Here's how the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" defined it in its last, 3rd edition (1973, in English): "DUDUK (from the Turkish du:du:k), a wind instrument having a pipe about 300 mm in length with nine fingerholes and a double reed. Usually twoduduks are played--one performer plays the melody while the other holds a single tone (the pedal point). The dudk is widespread amon the people of the Caucasus. (vol. 8, p. 438)".
One of the best duduk players from Azerbaijan, Alihan Samedov, can be heard here: (...).
The relevance of such music in the OMS for the film is that Azerbaijan, known as Caucasian Albania in ancient times, was one of the first - and some say the first - nations in the world to make Christianity as their official religion, back in 4th century A.D. The oldest church in the whole region is also located in the north-east of Azerbaijan, in the village of Kish. This is the ancient land visited by the apostle's and contemporaries of Christ. (...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Moving
I love soundtracks, and have my favorites. But this is one of the most powerful I have heard. It is probably powerful because it evokes memories of the movie, which to the... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars All religious politics about the movie aside...
Personally, I think the best song out of all of them was used for the movie trailer because it had a similar emotional impact the way the Gladiator soundtrack did. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Elvy
1.0 out of 5 stars makes opera sound good...
The Passion of the Christ movie is rotten
The Passion of the Christ soundtrack is worse.
But them together...... TORTURE!!!
don't buy this.
Published on July 9 2004 by Eric Kent
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy music to a even lousier movie
The Passion of the Christ music is almost as bad as the movie, and that is pretty bad.
The music has some semblance of good to it. The movie is pure evil.
Published on June 24 2004 by Eric Kent
2.0 out of 5 stars A Few Cross Words
Right off the bat, there's a few things you should know. I don't consider myself a religious person, and I have yet to see Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, and I don't know... Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Score
This movie wouldn't have stod a chanse of being sucessful without its wonderful score. The emotions that it delivers to the viewers are constatly present. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Kenneth
4.0 out of 5 stars The Passion
Great, powerful, moving music. Haunting and memorable. Echoes many of the great epic Zimmer and Horner scores. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by "reel07"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion
Great, powerful, moving music. Haunting and memorable. Echoes many of the great epic Zimmer and Horner scores. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by "reel07"
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from first Christian nation in the world - Azerbaijan
No one ever said that the duduk is an Azerbaijani instrument -- read more carefully. Not only did I
cite the relevant quote from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, which I recite... Read more
Published on May 29 2004
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