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House of Flying Daggers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
 
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House of Flying Daggers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Shigeru Umebayashi, Kathleen Battle
30 Nov 2004 | Format: MP3

6.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
Song Title Artist
Time
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1
0:58
2
2:32
3
1:17
4
1:22
5
3:26
6
1:14
7
1:51
8
2:19
9
3:59
10
1:54
11
2:42
12
2:36
13
2:02
14
2:36
15
3:06
16
1:27
17
4:21
18
2:49
19
2:55
20
4:13


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Nov 2004
  • Release Date: 15 Nov 2004
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 49:39
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  • ASIN: B001GTJMW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,341 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Spanswick VINE VOICE on 23 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There wasa time when the soundtrack to a movie was the most unheard music on the planet. But thanks to the recognition of this art form at Oscar time and even in the music charts it has taken on a life of its own. When I saw this film recently I was transported not only by the imagery in front of me but the feast of music my ears were enjoying. The love theme was on my lips for a long time after I left the cinema. As there will be a hiatus between the cinema performance and its release on DVD I am so glad that the soundtrack became so immediately available and thanks to the miracle of Amazon I had the music in my life very quickly. This is a great piece of music that evokes the cinematic piece as well as standing alone as an enjoyable entertainmnet
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victoria VINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
After watching the film (twice!!) at the cinema I decided I had to buy this. It is a beautiful mix of chinese music, depicting all the best bits of the film from battle scenes with drums to the tender pipes of the lovers tune. It includes the song sang by Mei at the Peony Pavillion and the closing song by Kathleen Battle has some haunting lyrics. If you loved the film and like the chinese culture of it, then this soundtrack is a must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Michael Douse on 19 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Uembayashi, being of Japanese origin himself is reason enough to believe this soundtrack is going to be a clearly passionate presentation of colour and life. For a Japanese musician to familiarise himself with Chinese instruments, he would have to have much drive and devotion. House of flying daggers was a beautiful love story. The soundtrack reflects this perfectly with a much more atmospheric and elegant flow of instruments than Tan Dun's "Hero" and "Crouching tiger hidden dragon" soundtracks. Although maybe unfair to compare to these, i beleive that for you to get a good picture of Uembayashi's work you could for instance imagine a much more melodic and string based flow of rythmical extacy. Mixing calm and relazing drum beat with slow flowing strings was a perfect way for the composer to blend he action witht the passion of Tai Chi martial arts. Many a time during this beautiful display you will hear very relaxing and thin textured instruments such as the chinese flute to add to the forest atmosphere and general relxaed tone to follow through with the playful metaphors of Kaneshiro's character. Like most musically brilliant peices, there is a defined melody running throughout the theme and the whole album itself. Although unlike a John Williams 4 note variation, this melody was a carefully crafted and beatuiful flowing river of music, almost grasping you and making you sing with the tune.

All in all this is a perfect aural repesentation of THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS. A fine example of beauty both in music and film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 22 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
I watched this film on DVD cause I missed it at the cinema when it first came out and was completely taken with the soundtrack. In fact I became immersed in the music of this amazing film.

The 'Beauty Song' sung with such feeling by Zhang Ziyi, is a wonderful heartfelt song. I don't particularly have a favourite track on this amazing album cause they're all so good in their own right. Two of my favourites are the 'Farewell' themes numbers 1 and 2. Also there's 'The Echo Game' and 'Until The End' and also 'Battle In The Forest'.

The composer, Shigero Umebayashi, is a talented individual and this album shows him confident in the art of understatement with these delightful compositions. Though most of them carry elements of the other tracks, this album is a tour de force and also there are emotional elements in each track punctuated by stirring violin or percussion.

One of my favourite soundtracks that I own. People interested in film music should get a copy. You won't be disappointed.
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