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Black Swan [Soundtrack]

Clint Mansell Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0046CUJKO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nina's Dream
2. Mother Me
3. The New Season
4. A Room of Her Own
5. A New Swan Queen
6. Lose Yourself
7. Cruel Mistress
8. "Power, Seduction, Cries"
9. The Double
10. Opposites Attract
11. Night of Terror
12. Stumbled Beginnings...
13. It's My Time
14. A Swan Is Born
15. Perfection
16. A Swan Song (for Nina)

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BBC Review

Destructive obsessions, distorted realities and irreversible mental decline; recurrent motifs in the cinema of Darren Aronofsky. His latest film, psychological thriller Black Swan, threads these themes around the story of a New York City ballet dancer, Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), whose quest for perfection as the Swan Queen in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake pushes her beyond the brink of madness.

During the film, an imperious director (Vincent Cassel) tells his troupe that his will be a version like no other. Such plot elements serve to inform, free and shackle Mansell’s soundtrack. The nature of the story itself, of course, means that the shadow of the Russian romantic forever looms large, but Mansell’s brief was always to deconstruct the original score. Here, the influence of Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of the ballet comes to the fore, with its uncompromising thrust and visceral potency enhancing the sense of the hyperreal which pervades Aronofsky’s film.

But it doesn’t take more than a cursory listen to identify characteristic Mansell touches. Those familiar with his soundtrack for Duncan Jones’ Moon will already be accustomed to the edgy bouts of brooding malevolence which punctuate Black Swan’s more traditional passages. They will also recognise the bursts of kinetic syncopation which conjure the panic and paranoia of Aronofsky’s film while offering tribute to the slashing strings of Bernard Herrmann's music for Psycho.

Despite missing the bombast of Mansell’s work on The Fountain and the troubled poignancy of the aforementioned Moon, Black Swan demonstrates the maturing relationship between Aronofsky and his composer of choice. There just remains the doubt over whether the pair are becoming too comfortable with one another’s art, reaching a point where synergy threatens to give way to complacency. Certainly a few moments of Black Swan seem a little too habitual (the contributions of Pyotr Ilyich notwithstanding). Regardless, Mansell has succeeded in reinvigorating his classic source material, spiking its old dreamlike reverie with a dose of contemporary darkness. An exhilarating score for a remarkable piece of filmmaking.

--Spencer Grady

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By L. Hubbard TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Black Swan by Clint Mansell is a modern interpretation of the well known ballet by Tchaikovsky. Some tracks appear to be directly lifted from the Tchaikovsky'a original orchestrations, however this should not be a distraction for those who are not familiar with his work. There are a number of good re-orchestrations of the main swan lake theme, which weaves nicely amongst Mansell's score, which has a combination of both beautiful and sinister undertones.

This score is great as a stand alone listen, but also serves as a good introduction to Tchaikovsky's music. The tracks which directly quote Swan Lake are the highlight, however the album as a whole sounds fantastic and one of Mansell's best efforts to date. If you liked the music within the film, you will no doubt find this album to be a delight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer's Block? No Problem. 26 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been listening to this album on Spotify for around a month now, since it first occurred to me. Most of my playlists are writing music, things I listen to when I'm, er, writing :)

All I can say about the Black Swan soundtrack is that it can single-handedly cure writer's block. Yeah. That is inspiration, I can tell you that. A combination of the final track, 'A Swan Song (For Nina)' and the death scene for one of my favourite characters had me sobbing aloud.

So, if you're stuck with your novel ... buy this CD. Now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Minimal Madness 20 Jan 2011
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Darren Aronofsky's regular composer, Clint Mansell, delivers a terrifying, twisted minimalist score that resembles the most extreme madness of a horror film, as we descend along with the protagonist into the flames of insanity. Mansell's sinuous lines weave and writhe around chunks of Tchaikovsky's orginal ballet score, creating a daring disassociative mood. The CD loses a star only because sometimes there is more Tchaikovsky than Mansell, but this is a minor quibble.

Bleak, haunting and brilliantly unsettling - soundtracks are rarely this good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and disturbing 18 May 2011
By H. Callaghan VINE VOICE
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I adore this soundtrack. The beautiful music of the ballet score is supported by darkly disturbing notes, reflecting the fracture of its heroine. I love to write to this, and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Clint Mansell score 4 Feb 2011
Format:MP3 Download
The film has provoked much debate and some mixed reviews, but one thing is very clear - the haunting score by Clint Mansell is (as with his others, such as Requiem for a Dream and Moon) consistently fantastic and will stick with you long after the viewing of the film or the first listening. Highly recommended!
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