The Mission Soundtrack
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2013 limited edition Virgin Records 40 series vinyl reissue. Universal
Ennio Morricone's Academy Award-nominated score captures the conflict between 18th-century Jesuit missionaries trying to convert the native Indians, and the slavers who want to destroy them. In keeping with the serious subject matter and epic scope of Roland Joffe's film, the score is by turns grave, lyrical, and tense. Ever inventive, Morricone mixes liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars, often in the very same track, to capture the drama of the culture clash. His trademark lyricism also comes through, notably in the beautiful themes for "Gabriel's Oboe" and "The Mission". Not as over-the-top as his well-known spaghetti western scores, The Mission shows Morricone at his dramatic best. --Heidi MacDonald
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Morricone's compostion here is fluent with three distinct musical tributaries which play so well with the plotline: oboe, tribal, and religious.
How about the beauty of "Gabriel's Oboe?" Simply magnificent!
The earthiness of the tribal drums and windflute are simply captivating.
The religious chanting and other inspirational sounds are fitting and well done.
All this superbly performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs of London Voices and Barnett Schools Choir.
Beneath the chanting and the ethnic percussion, the theme for Padre Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) is heard. A lovely composition played on the flute on that opening track, and later played on oboe in the prettiest representation of the theme in the two versions of 'Gabriel's Oboe'.
The theme for "The Mission" is also truly spectacular and it's heard in the shots of the falls.
In spite of other attractive choral moments like 'Ave Maria Guarani', there is something that bothers me about this CD, and it's the overabundance of dark motives that foreshadow the final tragic moment of the film. Tracks such as 'Penance', 'Alone', 'Guarani', and 'The Sword' make me feel gloomy every time I listen to the album.
I wish there had been a good balance between the glorious and the dark moments in "The Mission", but I have to admit that Ennio Morricone created one interesting and experimental score.
Then there's the track "Falls" which is very pretty. It is just awesome. "Gabriel's Oboe" is another great track, and is a very pretty oboe piece. "Ave Maria Guarani" is a beautiful choir cue that is just beautiful. It's brings old church songs to your mind. "Brothers" is a good cue has guitar and flute playing very nicely. "Vita Nostra" in the movie is the first appearance of a wonderful motif that I can't really label. But's it's pretty and is built upon later in "The River" and in "On Earth as it is in Heaven" It's great! "The Mission" is a nice cue that sees the Falls theme continued in better detail. "River" is another outstanding edition of the motif experience before in "Vita Nostra" this one is a little better though. "Te Deum Gurani" is another piece like "Ave Maria" it's a little different. But it's very pretty. Then comes the battle scences that includes some great Indian instrumentation. of the highlights here are "Ascunsion", "Gurani", and "The Sword" which has "Gabriel's Oboe" in it with a twist. And "Miserere" is just plain sad. You have to listen to "On Earth as It is in Heaven" one more time, because in the movie it is actually is after "Miserere" in the movie.
A must have for any soundtrack lover!
Let me start off by saying the movie to which this soundtrack is attatched is one of the best I've ever witnessed.
That said, with the masterpiece he has composed, Ennio Morricone has come to rival John Williams with this spellbinding soundtrack. Morricone didn't recieve an Oscar for his work, but in my opinion is quite deserving of one. The blend of chants and music makes the piece flow perfectly, as perfect as the river that was the centerpiece of the film.
The soundtrack ranges from the depressing, to the soothing, to the uplifting. A perfect blend.
My only regret is this product has been virtually forgotten amounst its peers, but to the few who find it, it is of the most rewarding soundtracks available.
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I have loved this CD for about as long as it's been available--about 15 years. Some tracks are so uplifting, and all are wonderful.Published on May 31 2004
This soundtrack was given to me as a gift. I had never seen the movie previously but when i started playing it the music just flowed around me and i honestly started tearing! Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Soworwon C Nyirady
Everyone in the world must own this CD. It has like some of THE BEST music that will ever exist on it. Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by Inspector Gadget
I saw the movie last night for the first time on TV and this morning I saw it's being recomended to me.I was astonished! Read morePublished on March 21 2003
I think it has to be between this and Last Temptation of Christ for the best soundtrack crown. This album is pretty much faultless in its entireity. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2002 by Mr. E. J. Ross