Princess Mononoke Soundtrack
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See all 32 tracks on this disc
This score to Japan's anime megahit stresses Western musical influences over Eastern, despite the movie's themes being more attuned to Japanese heritage and mythology. Hisaishi (who has contributed music to more than 30 Japanese films) employs a traditional Hollywood-style orchestral movement that is generally lush and pleasing--a soundtrack that could easily fill the boundless skyscapes of classic horse operas. There are occasional exotic moments involving woodwinds or solo violin or both that digress into more indigenous folksongs, but these, too, have soothing melodies akin to what one might demand from sushi dinner music. The operatically trained Sasha Lazard offers the sweet and ethereal "Theme Song" (with lyrics by director Hayao Miyazaki). These tracks may not always be distinctive but they manage to evoke moods of mysticism and, of course, ritual violence. --Joseph Lanza
Top Customer Reviews
The sountrack consists of 32 songs, but don't let the number of songs fool you. The vast majority of the tracks found in "Princess Mononoke" are BGMs (BackGround Music), so most of the songs drift around a 1:00-3:00 length. But Joe Hisaishi manages to create a tapestry of classical sounds that seem to accompany each other perfectly.
This is where the catch comes into play. To fully enjoy this music, you have to listen to it from beginning to end. This isn't a soundtrack that you can listen to with "Random" set on your player. A few songs can be listened to independently, but these are few. But trust me, listening to the entire CD is a rewarding experience you'll not regret.
Another minor catch might be the somewhat repetitiveness of the music. Several of the smaller pieces found on this soundtrack are actually variations of a familiar part of one of the main songs. But luckily, Hisaishi manages to make each variation unique and enjoyable, so the listener won't be prompted to push the "Skip" button on his player.
While most of the music is classical, there are two vocal pieces on this soundtrack. The first, Track 12 (The Tatara Women Work Song), is in Japanese and the second, Track 31 (Princess Mononoke Theme Song), is in English. This is where I had one small gripe about the sountrack. Instead of the longer, Japanese version of the "Princess Mononoke Theme Song", a shorter English version was used for the American release.Read more ›
What Hisaishi managed to do, more than any other anime composer, is create with his music a world for the film. I haven;t seen the movie yet, but I can really imagine what goes on just by listening to the music. And what further makes the music great is that it stands on its own so well -- it doesn't NEED to be linked to the film. If it was written independantly of anything, it would still be a masterpiece.
What makes this soundtrack so great is its ability to evoke emotion. There's so much variety, and it never gets boring. There's everything from a tribal dance to dream-like music in here. The orchestra is used to its full extent, with very brilliant colorations throughout. There's even a couple of new age-type instruments thrown in, and they blend perfectly. And there are two songs on the soundtrack -- both of which are hauntingly beautiful -- no cheesy Disney songs here (which I'll admit are good in thier own way). They do not detract from the score in any way, and are of the same level of quality as the rest.
If there's anything else to say about the music in Princess Mononoke, it's that when I listen to it, I feel as if I'm listening to real music. There's just something very organic about it, and that the world would be a better place if all music was this good. So get this CD -- I guarentee that no matter what type of music fan you are, if you can even tollerate orchestral music, you will love this.
Most recent customer reviews
All I have to say is...GET THIS CD! The music is so beautiful and amazing - it's pretty much as good as the Lord of the Rings soundtracks, which is saying a lot! Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
This cd has some of the best music ever if you loved the movie as much as I did you need to get it. end of storyPublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Eric
From the moment I finished the movie, I knew I wanted the soundtrack. The haunting tunes and smooth melodies are not only good with the movie, but on their own. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003 by A. Gray
I would add that I was so impressed with this soundtrack that I bought an album of Hisaishi's works contained on a single disc. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003
Since I first saw "Princess Mononoke," I fell in love with the soundtrack. I buy very few of the modern scores, since I prefer the classic orchestral scores of the '60s... Read morePublished on April 29 2003
Sad, beautiful, and breath-taking this composition. Very few other musical scores are the same in factors of beauty. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003 by Goku
I've been wanting to get this for a long time and am not disapointed.Wonderful large full booming mucis with a soft touch of nature in it.Complmary to the feauture film.Published on Jan. 1 2003 by FlyingDream
This is one of the best soundtracks ever. Nothing before it and nothing after it will ever quite hit the emotional level that Mononoke has. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by Elodie
^^ I REALY REALLY recommend this CD because it's a beautiful, breath-taking experience. After listening to it once, you'll want to hear it again - the drums are great and the... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Elodie