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Beautiful Mind Enhanced, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Dec 18 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005TPFV
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. A Kaleidoscope Of Mathematics
2. Playing A Game Of 'Go!'
3. Looking For The Next Great Idea
4. Creating 'Governing Dynamics'
5. Cracking The Russian Codes
6. Nash Descends Into Parcher's World
7. First Drop Off. First Kiss
8. The Car Chase
9. Alicia Discovers Nash's Dark World
10. Real Or Imagined?
11. Of One Heart, Of One Mind
12. Saying Goodbye To Those You So Love
13. Teaching Mathematics Again
14. Prize of One's Life... The Prize of One's Mind
15. All Love Can Be - Charlotte Church
16. Closing Credits

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With Oscar-nominated A Beautiful Mind immediately following Iris (2002), James Horner has captured the tiny market in true-life stories of exceptionally talented individuals with mental health problems. As such, the two scores cannot help but be closely compared, with some of the lyrical English folk-flavoured melodic material from Iris being reworked here. This is, though, a colder score, with recurring, pulsating phrases for the precise world of mathematics seemingly drawing inspiration from the minimalism of Philip Glass, combined with wordless voice paralleling John Williams' approach to A.I. (2001). The voice is provided by soprano Charlotte Church, and her contributions to several cues have considerable beauty. She also performs the song "All Love Can Be" with real eloquence. Horner's songs have in the past blighted the end of films such as Titanic (1997) but this is not only better music, but also far better performed. That said, certain passages, notably "Saying Goodbye to Those You Love" recycle material from Titanic, including the ballad "My Heart Will Go On". The result is attractive and in places moving, though soundtrack collectors will certainly complain of a lack of originality and if choosing between Horner's two recent scores will be better served by Iris, whatever the Academy may think.--Gary S Dalkin

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Format: Audio CD
Despite the title of this review, this soundtrack shares none of John Nash's traits aside from brilliance.
James Horner's score is at once exciting, dramatic, haunting, dark, and beautiful. The tracks will cause a vast range of emotion to swell within you and all will keep you listening. The classical themes are very well composed, each using the instruments given to truly elaborate what feeling is meant to be displayed in the piece.
Some tracks are intruiging or moving in a simple way, making a slow pace through the piece. Some of these tend to seem repetitive or similar, but listening closely will reveal simply a similar theme in widely different tracks.
Others can be downright inspiring. While dark and brooding, "Nash Descends into Parcher's World" is very heartfelt, with deep instruments pulling along the shadowed dread of what's to come, and produces a villianous feel in a film that really has no villain. It's this negative flow that actually surges the piece forward, making it one stand out, and at the same time, flow right along with the rest of the track, despite the differences.
And unlike many movie scores, this one is able to pull itself alone without needed the recollection of the film or having scene the movie previously to truly enjoy all the scores.
By far, the most brilliant piece on this soundtrack and the one I listen to most frequently is the theme and first piece on the CD, "Kaleidoscope of Mathematics." The easy pipe and string that starts, along with the quickening piano that are all exhulted by Charlotte Church's incredible and beautiful singing. This is an amazing piece through and through, and it's probably one of the best tracks for a movie I've ever heard.
"A Beautiful Mind" is yet another incredible soundtrack by James Horner, and one that is proof of why movie soundtracks are needed as much without the movie as they are within.
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Format: Audio CD
I hate to be a party pooper but must echo the countless bad reviews of this score and many other recent James Horner works. Don't get me wrong, I adore James' work, but I think even he's intelligent enough to put 2 and 2 together and realise his fans are starting to dissipate at the very thought another James Horner score. He was a pioneer of the great 80's action score and is up there with Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Hermann as one of the greatest composers of all time but when he constantly regurgitates decade old chords, its little wonder hoards of faithful fans start frowning in confusion and "A Beautiful Mind" is no exception. As soon as I hit play on track one I thought to myself "If I wanted to listen to the soundtrack for "Sneakers" I would have put it on, but hey, here it is as the theme to Beautiful Mind with one of two minor tweaks here and there, but fundamentally its the theme for his earlier score "Sneakers", all his fans know it. The rest of the score pretty much suffers from this mysterious syndrome possibly with the narrow exception of "Cracking the Russian Codes" but even that smells of his "Apollo 13" score. Come on James, you know we love you and all but please come up with some fresh material and win back your fans, p-l-e-a-s-e.
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That's arguable the only word to describe this James Horner masterpiece. The soundtrack really models the movie perfectly, so it makes a great complement to the movie, unlike other totally irrelevant soundtracks which seem to have been put together on another continent. There is a good mix of music here; about half of the CD is thoughtful and bittersweet, and the other half is keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff that even people who think they HATE classical music will probably love. As other reviewers have pointed out, it is a bit repetitive, but I believe it's a strength, not a downside. If you've seen the movie, you know that many of the same themes of overcoming difficulty surface multiple times, so looking at it that way, the soundtrack mirrors that. Even if you think that's just overanalyzing things (which it probably is ;), you'll almost definitly find at least one song here that you'll want to play over and over, so why does it matter if it's a little bit repetitive? It's doing the job for you. I'd recommend this to anyone, whether or not you like the movie, Horner's previous work, etc. This is a universal masterpiece.
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This score fits the film like a glove, which is why it was nominated for an Oscar last year. However, by itself it tends to get repetitious and monotonous. I'm not saying that I don't like this score because I do think it's really great. The music consists of full orchestra, 5 pianos, and wordless vocals by Charlotte Church, which adds to the complexity of the score. The music is not an easy listen, especially the first time because there is so much going on. "A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics" is one of my favorite tracks with awesome piano rhythms and a repeating 3 note vocal motif played over a full orchestra. This material is reprised in "Creating 'Governing Dynamics'", "Cracking the Russian Codes", and "Closing Credits". After the fifth track, the music shifts to the dark and ominous side, since Nash and others are realizing what is happening to him. "Nash Descends into Parcher's World" contains low and ominous strings, along with dense piano chords, which is what most of the music consists of from here on out as in "The Car Chase", "Real or Imagined", and "Alicia Discovers Nash's Dark World" to name a few. Slightly brightening things up is a love theme between Nash and his wife, Alicia. This is not a gorgeous love theme as you might expect, but more of a somber theme with a slight sense of light to it. It is fully orchestral with strings carrying the load as in "First Drop-Off, First Kiss", "Of One Heart, Of One Mind", "Saying Goodbye to Those You So Love", and "The Prize of One's Life...The Prize of One's Mind". This theme forms the melody of the Charlotte Church song, "All Love Can Be". As usual, there is over 70 minutes of music featured, which in this case is way too long. It gets repetitious at times, but don't let that keep you from purchasing this.
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