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Birth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Soundtrack

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Alexandre Desplat
  • Composer: Alexandre Desplat
  • Audio CD (Nov. 9 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: New Line Records
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • ASIN: B00066VUMA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prologue
2. The Engagement
3. The Rendez-vous
4. Under A Spell
5. The Wedding
6. Letter
7. The Kiss
8. Mr. Reincarnation
9. Day Out
10. Knight At Night
11. Timpani
12. Another Lifetime
13. My Dead Husband
14. Elegy
15. Birth Waltz

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I was not familiar with Desplat's work, not realizing I had already heard many of his soundtracks. I have not seen the movie 'Birth', but the soundtrack was recommended on an audiophile site as a great recording for testing out audio systems, so I took a chance and ordered the CD (not available as download from anywhere). I will admit that, though I think Desplat's music is generally very good and well matched to each movie's subject matter, I was disappointed overall with this CD. The opening piece is quite wonderful with the full orchestra, but the rest I found rather boring. I'm sure it's perfect for the movie, but most pieces are just too subtle and, well, boring as an independent work of music to listen to. One could argue that most soundtracks could be described this way, out of their natural context. Yet, I have found that many great movie composers have created music that can, indeed, stand on its own - my favourite being Bernard Hermann. Don't let my review dissuade you, especially if you already have some knowledge of, and affinity for, Desplat's work, as he is obviously a gifted composer. But, for me, this particular soundtrack will not bear repeat listening.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soundtrack Aug. 10 2005
By W. W. Wickline - Published on
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This is one of the finest soundtracks in recent years. The entire album plays as a harmonious whole and is haunting and hypnotic. It is beautiful music that stands on its own whether you have seen the movie or not. It is at once minimalist like a Philip Glass piece and lush in places in the classical music sense. It goes back and forth between these two genres in a very satisfying way.

I was a bit perplexed by the movie and wasn't sure if I liked it or not but this sountrack is a gem.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome soundtrack Feb. 29 2016
By John Ta - Published on
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awesome soundtrack, the film, not so much....
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly enough ... Feb. 23 2006
By Carl W. Frisk - Published on
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Oddly enough I had an interest in this Score about 6 months ago when Amazon displayed that "others who bought this also bought this" blurb. I checked it out but wasn't interested enough at the time to purchase it. Then last December I watched The Door in the Floor and became a bit entranced with the score. One of my better purchases this year to date.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful Jan. 16 2005
By Bradley Root - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't know a thing about reviewing film scores. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I haven't a clue what any of the instruments are, so identifying one I like within a track is completely out of the question. The most I can do is point out that in my review of the film, I state that the opening sequence of it is the most beautiful piece of film I've ever seen, mostly because of the score going on behind it. Based on that one piece of music, Prologue, I bought the score after watching the movie for a second time.

What I'm surprised by, though, is that the piece of music I bought the score for is actually the weakest when taken out of the film. Prologue , when taken away from the gorgeous film accompanying it in the beginning of the movie, is actually not the best piece on the album. The rest of the score, however, shines brilliantly when taken out of the film. It's not often that I find myself sitting down listening to a score, most of the time I'll get bored of them, music needs vocals for me, but this score is different. There's something undeniably beautiful and brilliant about it, so full of life that it doesn't need the film to go along with it. Based on how I felt the second time I saw Birth, I'd have to say that I prefer the score by itself to how it sounds within the film.

If you consider yourself a fan of music in any way, I would recommend that you give this a listen. It's one of the most unique and hauntingly beautiful pieces of music I've heard in a very long time. I don't know how Alexandre Desplat came up with it all, it's more then my mind could even begin to comprehend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist Influences March 6 2009
By A Reader - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There's not much more to add to previous reviews. Its a beautiful score that pairs nicely with pre-dawn hours or a billowy, cloudy day. I do disagree with the Amazon reviewer regarding some of the musical influences. Being a fan of minimalism, I hear a much stronger nod to John Adams, than to Reich or Glass. Example: listen to "Prologue" again and then listen to Adams' piano/orchestral piece "Century Rolls." The beginnings sound similar. With other tracks, you may also hear echos of other Adams pieces like "Naive & Sentimental Music" & "Tromba Lontana". And like much of Adams' later works the minimalist beats of the film score are enriched with lush, expansive orchestral arrangements. Very nice!

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