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Angela's Ashes [Soundtrack]

John Williams (Composer) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00003OO1L
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theme From Angela's Ashes
2. My Story
3. Angela's Prayer
4. My Dad's Stories
5. Lord, Why Do You Want The Wee Children
6. Plenty Of Fish And Chips In Heaven
7. The Dippsy Doodle
8. The Lanes Of Limerick
9. My Dad
10. Pennies From Heaven
11. My Mother Begging
12. If I Were In America
13. Delivering Telegrams
14. I Think Of Teresa
15. Angels Never Cough
16. Watching The Eclipse
17. Back To America
18. End Credits Reprise

Product Description

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Putting the (quite glorious) excess of The Phantom Menace behind him, for Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes John Williams has created an epic pastoral romance that's more in the tradition of his scores for Born On The Fourth Of July and Seven Years In Tibet. The music has prominent solo roles for oboe, violin, cello and piano, while massed strings carry the burden of the thematic material. In places it's reminiscent of his work on Jane Eyre way back in 1971, which has long remained one of the composer's own favourite scores: note the long-breathed melodic lines, the arpeggiated harp figures and the racing pizzicato strings for example (in both scores the spirit of Vaughan Williams is a benign influence). Despite the Irish setting, Williams resists the temptation to indulge in "Oirish"-isms (which were given full rein in his exuberant music for Ron Howard's Far And Away), opting instead to accentuate the poignancy of the story, where despair, crushing poverty, disease and death are never far away. Despite proceeding solemnity, the music reaches a positive conclusion as Williams lifts the atmosphere with "Back To America", before the stirring main theme is reprised. Overall, this is a heartfelt work from a composer who is supremely adept at pouring his heart into his work. Two period source music cues (from Nat Gonella and Billie Holiday) interrupt the flow--they could easily have been sequenced at the end of the disc or omitted altogether. --Mark Walker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Williams does it again! 20 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Williams continues to surprise and amaze me everytime he writes a new score. This is no exception. This is the somber side of Williams, like Schindler's List, Presumed Innocent, and Seven Years in Tibet. If you like those, you'll like this one. If you're interested in the music, I recomend the UK release because it doesn't have narration over the music like the US release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review angelas ashes 8 Dec 2013
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i love this film, shame they didnt do a carry on from his book tis,the story is true and i can watch it over and over again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uk version superior 25 April 2013
By Alfie
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I had already purchased the US version of Angela's Ashes not knowing narriation was included on the release. I found the dialogue annoyingly distracting from the music. Another buyer stated the UK had a release without the dialogue. I immediately went to Amazon UK and purchased that release.
Without the distraction of the narriation the music is allowed to do what John Williams scores do...touch your heart and soul. Beautiful score, fantastic release. Buy this one you won't be sorry!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A soulful triumph 16 Jan 2001
By Stefan Halldorsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alan Parker's unbelievably dour film, Angela's Ashes is aided immeasureably by John Williams' poignant score, intertwining a moody main theme, composed for piano which occasionally breaks out in a Schindleresque elegy with some more reflective moments of strings and woodwinds. The film's account of Frank McCourt's first 15 years, first as a toddler in New York and later as a teenager in Dublin, is unremittingly harrowing in places, emphasizing poverty, infant death and alchoolism and squalor above everything else. McCourt's youth was not a happy one but, as he is first to point out, he survived it and that survival enabled him to share his memories with the rest of the world, both in his book Angela's Ashes and in it's sequel, Tis. Williams' music perfectly accompanies the ups and downs (mostly downs) of the McCourt family while never straying into too many weepie violins when an infant dies or Da' gets drunk again. Another little gem from the man who redifined film music and brought the golden age back onto the silver screen and our ears
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful scores ever written. 11 Aug 2013
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I haven't seen the entire movie yet, but that didn't stop me from loving this CD. The score is magnificent and is on my list of 10 favorite soundtracks. The music is relaxing and it can put you in a different world all together, it can come in handy at the end of a tough day.

If you purchase this soundtrack, get the European version which contains no dialogue from the film. The American Decca release does have dialogue snippets from the film. If you like movie scores, John Williams or relaxing orchestral music, get this CD. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful soundtrack with relaxing harp. 23 July 2013
By Musician 35 - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my husband for Christmas. We waited YEARS for this soundtrack to come out without the movie narration. It must have been a popular request from customers who bought the original soundtrack. The movie is great, but heartbreaking & depressing. The music is very somber & relaxing, & great for listening to while working.
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