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The Mission Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 3 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000WFZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. On Earth As It Is In Heaven
2. Falls
3. Gabriel's Oboe
4. Ave Maria Guarani
5. Brothers
6. Carlotta
7. Vita Nostra
8. Climb
9. Remorse
10. Penance
11. The Mission
12. River
13. Gabriel's Oboe
14. Te Deum Guarani
15. Refusal
16. Ascunsion
17. Alone
18. Guarani
19. The Sword
20. Miserere

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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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Format: Audio CD
Certainly the music made this movie spectacular, gracing and moving one as the eyes were privy to the spectacular cinematography.
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.
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I really think that "The Mission" is one of the most important works by Ennio Morricone. Important in the sense that the Italian maestro presents us a work of strange beauty, especially with the London Voices chanting the Latin words in the opening cue 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven', a wonderful and powerful piece that fits perfectly in the marvelous landscapes surrounding the Iguazu Falls and the Indians who inhabitted it during the Spanish colonial settlements in the age of the discovery of the New World.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
That track says it all about this soundtrack. And the first cue is the main reason to buy the soundtrack. It's a beautiful theme that has a great choir, Indian instruments, and some great violin playing. It's just awesome.
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!
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Format: Audio CD
I remember coming to a full appreciation of this soundtrack whilst viewing the excellent film on a home video rental such a long time ago...I tried to record it putting a tape recorder as the final credits rolled...now many years later i was able to purchase this soundtrack on CD and it sounds timeless...the opening track pulls you in with it's eclectic old world chorus that has a touch of the exotic...andean type instruments that play along with the orchestra....Gabriel's Oboe was the haunting piece that has stuck with me forever...although you don't have to watch nor love the film to enjoy this soundtrack, everytrime I listen to this album images from the film appear...there are many other exquisite tracks here...some that you will perhaps skip over the first time but then return to, as they grow on you...this soundtrack was so inspiring that the Jesuits in Puerto Rico actually used it as the background to their recruiting ads...the soundtrack was so moving, so strong, that I even entertained the idea of becoming a Jesuit...that's how powerfuly this soundtrack swayed me...if you loved the film, you'll love the soundtrack..if you didn't watch the film there is still a good chance you'll love it as it stands on it own....
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By A Customer on May 31 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of the most captivating soundtracks I've ever heard, truely worthy of the wonderous movie to which it is attactched. The Mission is a movie, as good as it is, that is virtually forgotten, and with it is this wonderous soundtrack.
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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