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Band of Brothers - Original Motion Picture Soundtr

4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 4 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada - Distribution
  • ASIN: B00005NNM5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Main Titles
2. Band Of Brothers Suite One
3. Band Of Brothers Suite Two
4. The Mission Begins
5. Swamp
6. Spier's Speech
7. Fire On Lake
8. Paraplui
9. Boy Eats Chocolate
10. Bull's Theme
11. Winters On Subway
12. Headscarf
13. Buck In Hospital
14. Plaisir d'amour
15. Preparing For Patrol
16. String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
17. Discovery Of The Camp
18. Nixon's Walk
19. Austria
20. Band Of Brothers Requiem

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When Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborated on the Academy Award®-winning Saving Private Ryan, an abiding passion to further honor the young fighting soldiers of World War II was born in both men, resulting in Band of Brothers, an ambitious 10-part miniseries based on historian Stephen Ambrose's account of a 101st Airborne regiment as it fought its way across Europe. In scoring the sweeping project, Michael Kamen has eschewed much of the martial music familiar from past war epics in favor of the quiet, largely introspective sound that's informed modern battle films from Platoon through Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. And if his reverential, often somber tones capture the dignity of the soldiers and the gravity of the events, they sometimes do so at the expense of other human dimensions--and the lively pop music of the '40s. Still, Kamen's work strikes an impressive balance, fusing the pastoral with subtle modern rhythm touches and utilizing spare piano solos, a darkly ironic use of Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, and a memorable, elegiac main theme. --Jerry McCulley

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The music to the crowned miniseries resembles the miniseries itself: deliberate, thoughtful and militaristic -all told in the convincing voice of a storyteller. The highs and lows of drama and suspense, the comradeship and (ill) fortune - Kamen utilises it all successfully in a coherent score.
To me, this is Kamen's most intelligent and beautiful score to date. Mostly known for his music to McTiernan films and Metallica's "Symphony & Metal" concert, Kamen is a man of osmosis and influence. Never shying back for utilizing other people's music to better his own, he is both loathed and loved.
He should be loved for this album. In this score, little is not his. As the series is inspired by the film Saving Private Ryan, the music to the series is inspired by John William's score for named movie. Luckily, Kamen extends no further in this than 'the feel'. He brings out his full symphonic talents to create the fluxating sensations of melancholy and dreariness, where the typical military march influences sound like pounding Roman galley drums rather than proud propaganda.
The other influence besides Williams, is Beethoven's "String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor (OPUS 131)". In the series it plays over the event of 'discovering the camp' - yet it fits in with the other music like the piece of a puzzle. Again, it is not copying themes and instrumentations that Kamen applies, it is mood and key.
We can hope Kamen will stay on this path of enhancing and deepening his symphonic capacities. That is not to say his other musical scores are flat for using pop and rock influences, but to me at least, it is this orchestral music that truly touches a snare. I was, at the least, blissfully surprised by Michael Kamen's mindful music for "Band Of Brothers". Set aside any possible reservations at buying another Kamen album: this one is definitely worthy of praise.
This one gets four stars.
Bram Janssen,
The Netherlands
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When I first listened to this CD, I was amazed with the main title and how beautiful it was. Michael Kamen's score for the HBO miniseries "Band Of Brothers" can be compared with John Williams' elegiac work for "Saving Private Ryan". After all, we are talking about the music for war dramas.
As I said before, the main theme is very beautiful and very touching. Next you get to listen to the two suites (tracks 2 and 3), and Kamen portrays the heroism of the soldiers on this T.V. show. They might sound a little like "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves", but they have a different identity, a more militaristic mood. The suites are kinda formulaic for dramatic purposes that they are quite difficult to appreciate. However, I really enjoy 'Bull's Theme' which, I think, conveys a tragic moment in the story -I haven't seen the miniseries yet -and 'Plaisir D'amour' which has a female voice that sounds enchanting, yet dark.
Maybe the suites are heavy, but the themes for "Band Of Brothers" are fantastic. I think Michael Kamen has done a very good job in here.
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One of the truly outstanding scores composed for a television series was the late Michael Kamen's music for the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," a 10-part adaptation of the late Stephen E. Ambrose's non-fiction book about E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Executive produced by Ambrose, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg, this monumental miniseries follows an elite light infantry unit from its training stages at Camp Toccoa, GA to the 11-month campaign in Northwest Europe, starting from the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 to the surrender of Germany and E Company's capture of Hitler's private "Eagle's Nest" in Bavaria.
When I finally saw the first episodes of "Band of Brothers" on the History Channel a few weeks ago and heard the strains of the "Main Theme" (Track 1), the credits had not finished rolling, and because the style was similar to John Williams' music for Saving Private Ryan, I said to myself, "Oh, what a beautiful Williams contribution!" Instead of being an overtly "warrior music" theme with heavy use of brass and snare drums (think of almost every pre-1970s war movie or TV-show military show, or even today's "Theme from JAG"), the Main Theme features a more melancholic approach, featuring a full orchestra (London Metropolitan Orchestra) and voices, very much in the same vein as "Hymn For the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan. Pure Williams, I thought, and certainly not without precedent; the composer has long teamed with Spielberg, working with the director/producer in all but one of his major movies. Williams has also written quite a few TV themes, including Land of the Giants, Amazing Stories, and the NBC Nightly News theme "The Mission."
Imagine my astonishment when I saw the credit "Music by Michael Kamen.
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Michael Kamen is one of the most under-recognized musicians in Hollywood today. He has worked with the likes of Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Sting, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and David Sanborne (among others). He has written numerous soundtracks and has composed many orchestral scores for Rock bands thru the years. This album is a compilation of some of his best work.
I have always found Kamen's music hauntingly nostalgic. The Julliard product's emotional energy is injected into everything he writes. This CD contains his music from movies such as "Highlander" "Mr. Holland's Opus" (hence the allusion in the title) "Die Hard" and others. Fans of Kamen will recognize that the theme from Stromness he actually "borrowed" from the saxaphone concerto which he wrote for David Sanborne. It is played nicely here on a French Horn.
This is a good CD for anyone who likes Kamen's music, or enjoys showtunes / movie soundtracks. Most people will probably recognize at least one theme off this album, although they may not have the slightest idea who wrote it. 8-)
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