Winter's Tale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Import
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Original soundtrack to the 2014 motion picture. New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. Soundtrack features music by Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams and the song 'Miracle' performed by KT Tunstall.
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This main theme is curious, particularly coming from the RC school of scoring. It exists in two parts, first on strings, which then pass to a simple but pleasant piano melody. The theme's best performances come in a quiet and subtle form in the second half of "Can You Hear Your Heart?" (the highlight of the work) and a full ensemble performance at the end of "Becoming Stars". "The Girl With the Red Hair" is also noticeable for an inspiring orchestral outburst, accompanied by some gleefully fluttering woodwinds.
"Winter's Tale" is a delightful and fanciful romantic score that doesn't have a single distasteful cue. The only thing holding it back from a full 5 star rating is the fact that some segments, though still immensely listenable, are not particularly interesting or unique. Also, a few of what I assume to be action cues are a bit standard. For its beautiful highlights, though, "Winter's Tale" is worth a purchase for fans of scores.
You can almost imagine the music saying “Once upon a time...” as we get the story under way, and what follows is a story that will take you to some wonderful places. The music has a gentle side to it, but at times can be harsh and aggressive. The piano is featured prominently in the score, and the melodies do a wonderful job of painting the characters in the music. The score contains some big swells and large moments as we move along the journey, which do a great job of pulling you in. Since this story is in an essence a fairy tale, the music does tend to get melodramatic. At times the music pushes extremely hard, and then at times pulls really far back. This back and forth created a lack of focus for me, and as a result affected the emotional flow of the journey here. When the music becomes grand and lush with a sense of ethereal mystery is really when the score is at its best. You truly feel lost in the music, you feel the sense of danger and the stakes. But it’s as a whole journey where by the end you don’t feel like it was as smooth of a ride as it could have been. All if the issues can be chalked up the film’s pacing and structure, but that does affect the score and it does affect Winter’s Tale.
Winter’s Tale isn’t the hopelessly romantic fairy tale that the trailers are making it out to be. You have a story with love, death, life, and the devil. The music can be wondrously lush and romantic, but also aggressively threatening. It’s all part of the story though, and it is a very great score. It’s just that the pacing can be awkward at times, and the dramatic structure isn’t built in a way that will really evoke the emotional response you were hoping for. Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams have done a very admirable effort here that is definitely worth exploring. Especially since it’s a score that feels fresh and different than what we’re normally used to hearing from both composers lately.
Overall Rating: 4.68
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