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Band of Brothers - Original Motion Picture Soundtr
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|1. Main Titles|
|2. Band Of Brothers Suite One|
|3. Band Of Brothers Suite Two|
|4. The Mission Begins|
|6. Spier's Speech|
|7. Fire On Lake|
|9. Boy Eats Chocolate|
|10. Bull's Theme|
|11. Winters On Subway|
|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|
|20. Band Of Brothers Requiem|
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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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-)
Most recent customer reviews
Beautiful music. I am a huge sountrack score nerd and this soundtrack succeeded in making me fall in love with it. The suites are absolutely stunning. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2014 by Lindsay Coderre
All of the pieces are moving. Of course some are a bit sad but overall great. Anyone who likes classical or military would really enjoy this CD.Published on March 11 2013 by Joanie
Another composer who has borrowed from his own work, to be more specific, Michael Kamen has taken his orchestral music to the fine cable series From the Earth to the Moon and... Read morePublished on June 9 2004
I bought my family the series. We love it. Bought the soundtrack because love the sound and feeling it gave you during while watching the show. We love it. Read morePublished on April 20 2004
Anyone who was moved by the HBO series, and enjoys movie scores will also want to have this CD. I was surprised that it was not quite as flourishing, for lack of a better word, as... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by jlo1
This soundtrack more than lives up to the great story it was created for. The somber instrumental pieces allow you to relive the story of Easy Company in the 101st Airborne.Published on June 8 2003 by Ford Guy
Once I saw the mini series, I had to have the cd. I am SO not the one to buy soundtracks. I think out of the 400 cds I own, 5 are soundtracks. I loved the movie Gladiator. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by David Riden
The music goes perfect with the miniseries and I can listen to this anytime and relieve stress.Published on Feb. 2 2003 by Michael Wisotzkey
Michael Kamen, who wrote about 10 hours of music for this series, was very dedicated to this project for a long time and his dedication to the music and the story shows in this... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by Brandon Cutro