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Doctor Zhivago [Soundtrack]

Ludovico Einaudi Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00007J35O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zhivago
2. Farewell to the PAst
3. Love is a Mystery
4. Kolechko
5. The Earth
6. Evil Days
7. Talking To You
8. Still So Early In The World
9. The Journey
10. Writing Poems
11. Eyes Closed
12. We Praise Thee (Tebe Poyom)
13. White Night
14. Fairytale
15. The Ringlet
16. Yuri's Lullaby

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Zhivago 13 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely wonderful. Having been impressed with the tv series I did a first for me, I bought the soundtrack which had perfectly complemented the images on screen. The sounds are many and varied from the haunting opening track 'Zhivago' with it's simple piano/violin? theme to what sounds like traditional Russian singing.
The mood definitely errs towards sombre and the theme first presented in 'Zhivago' and revisited throughout the album is real 'lump in the throat' material.
The album also stands up well on its own as some folk who didn't see the tv series were equally impressed with the beauty of the melodies and arrangements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 16 Oct 2007
By L. Keys
Format:Audio CD
An amazing soundtrack to go with an amazing film. Einaudi succeeds in stirring happiness, joy, sorrow, fear, and unease in this wonderful soundtrack, all emotions key to the story. A truly haunting yet beautiful score.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 30 Sep 2005
By SusieQ
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoyed the mini-series, then you hopefully loved the music that went with it. If you haven't seen the mini-series, I can still recommend this CD; the music is particularly lovely and moving.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Purchased My First Soundtrack......... 5 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
and I love it! This CD soundtrack is very slow, dark and mysterious just like the Russians themselves (Armenian too).
I'm not a big fan of the piano as I find it to be a very unforgiving instrument. But when Einaudi's playing is coupled with the cello and other strings it sounds wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack 7 Nov 2010
By HAMLET - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack for the 2002 TV miniseries "Doctor Zhivago" is as good as the film itself. The pinnacle of the score is the first track (which is basically the love theme and permeates the entire story), but Einaudi still manages to compose brilliant music for the 4 hour drama which unfolds on screen. The chemistry between Mr. Matheson & Ms. Knightley is undeniable. Unlike the classic 1965 movie, you feel and sense that there's more than mutual & sexual attraction which pulls Lara & Zhivago closer together amidst the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Sam Niell is an excellent & complex Komarovsky, a villain's villain. I also like the tracks "Farewell To The Past," "Love Is A Mystery," & "Kolechko." However, it's "Zhivago" that really is the dominant theme of the score, and "Kolechko" really pulls into perspective the tragedy, heartache & loss of the Russian Revolution. Very evocative of the horrors of war and the evil in man's heart. I highly recommend the soundtrack AND the movie. BUY them. They're worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As muted and haunting as the snow-filled taiga 12 Feb 2010
By Erica Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loathe Kiera Knightly's mannerisms so completely that I almost missed the end of this Dr. Zhivago---that beautiful ending---where Lara is about to be arrested. A frightening official of the "organs of state"---and a DEAD RINGER for the killer/rapist Beria---waits in an alley for Lara. She turns to her little boy, hands him Zhivago's poems, and tells him to run home, and not to look back. So he does, as her captors drive her away through the grey streets.

All of it's swathed in this quiet throb of music. Ludovico Einaudi's score is strictly for adults, and it either bores you to death or sweeps you along. This Zhivago, too, is for adults (with the Knightly exception), following the novel more closely. So the Russia of that time is more closely represented in folk, classical and impressionistic styles of music. "Zhivago", the main theme (and echoed in a leitmotif throughout this CD) MAKES the film--an elegiac string quartet holds notes for whole measures at a time, and then builds. The effect underlines the simple tragedy, unseen and repeated millions of times in Soviet Russia. Lara and Zhivago just drop off the face of the earth, like other victims of cruelty, and their story, however fraught, is finally lost in anonymity. From the beginning, this was Pasternak's point. And it's conveyed by one tune!

A moody score, sometimes reminiscent of "The Piano". Really beautiful.
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