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Mr Holland's Opus: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] Soundtrack


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  • Orchestra: Seattle Symphony Orchestra, London Metropolitan Orchestra
  • Composer: Michael Kamen
  • Audio CD (23 Jan 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B000004295
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Michael Kamen: Mr. Holland Begins
2. Michael Kamen: Iris And Glen
3. Michael Kamen: Practice, Practice, Practice
4. Michael Kamen: New Baby, Coltrane, Children Should Listen To Mozart
5. Michael Kamen: Rush To Hospital (While Parents Listen to Beethoven)
6. Michael Kamen: Beethoven - 7th Symphony - Allegretto
7. Michael Kamen: Cole's Tune
8. Michael Kamen: Vietnam (We Know Too Many Of These Kids)
9. Michael Kamen: Rowena
10. Michael Kamen: J. S. Bach - Concerto For 3 Harpsichords In C - 1st Movement
11. Michael Kamen: Thank You Mr. Holland
12. Michael Kamen: An American Symphony
13. Michael Kamen: Cole's Song

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Mr. Holland's Opus ~ Score

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Mounsey on 21 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
This week I was saddened to hear of the death of the composer of this soundtrack score - Michael Kamen (aged 55). I have been a fan of his work for many, many years and was lucky enough to actually meet him at a talk in Sheffield only a couple of years ago. A charming, caring and talented man who will be missed.
His work for "Mr Holland's Opus" is truly inspiring and it also clearly struck a chord with Michael, as he went on to put a lot of effort into starting the Mr Holland foundation which I believe was a US based charity.
It's primary aim was to provide underfunded schools with musical instruments etc. which they otherwise would not be able to afford. Those of us who have seen the film itself (well worth a look) will know only too well how this mirrors the story of the film in some respects.
Listening to this CD is a warming and emotional experience. I'm aware that some purist soundtrack fans were not happy with the presence of (gasp!) drums and even guitar sounds in the penultimate track "An American Symphony - 'Mr Holland's Opus'", but I think they missed the point (and certainly missed the film!) - do not therefore be put off by that. On the contrary, go straight to track 12, turn up the volume, think of the film - and be INSPIRED.
Thank-you for the music, Michael.
-John
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
We were delighted with this C.D,as we experienced the highs and lows of Mr.Holland's life through the music.Generally we find todays classical music just a cacophony of sound,but this piece is full of depth and beauty rivalling the great composers. We found this wonderful score(and composer)through the film,but the music is so compelling that it stands up in its own right. We highly recommend this C.D. to anyone who enjoys light classical music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Jones on 3 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the classical soundtrack to the wonderful film. Love the film and love the music by Michael Kamen. Need I say anything else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lysander Athens on 28 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great score, good to hear the classical parts of the soundtrack alone. A great complement to the film on DVD.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
One Mild, Lovingly Respectful but Dissenting Voice 21 April 2002
By Enrique Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Holland's Opus is a movie close to many of us Classical fans because it successfully bridges the world of "now" with the world of "then".
I love all of the tracks and you could say that the whole is wonderful experience in light of its wonderful melding into the storyline which has endeared many of us since the movie came out.
Having said that, I guess I should be the responsibly sober informer. I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned the following:
Doesn't it seem quite evident to those of us who know the 4th movement of Brahms 1st Symphony and the R. Strauss 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' that Michael Kamen's "American Symphony" actually lifts quite noticeable snippets from these two works?
Not even to mention the Beatles ending chord of "Day in the Life" which comprises the last chord of "Mr. Holland's American Symphony".
I suppose I am not as concerned by the Beatles as I am with the Brahms and Richard Strauss score-lifts.
All I am saying is that Kamen, though he made a very admirable use of historical references (mostly of the Brahms theme), has not come out to explain why he did this in the first place?
Sometimes it is better when the Emperor says he has no clothes before the little boy in the crowd says so.
It clears the air and makes more friends.
Let's give credit where credit is due.
Final decision: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with nit-picking reservations. :)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Holland Opus 28 Aug 2009
By R. Rollman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I would have rated this a 5 star except for them having left out Jean Louisa Kelly's song "Someone to Watch Over Me".
Other wise it is a 5 star. I don't know why they left it out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Main Theme Is The Real Masterpiece Here 17 Aug 2001
By Luis M. Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Michael Kamen is great when he is composing music for action or heroic movies. In fact, he's got the chops to compose the kind of music that John Williams or Jerry Goldsmith can write, as he demonstrated in "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" and "The Three Musketeers". Let's add another title in his oevre that may fit into this category, and that might be "Mr. Holland's Opus".
The title that opens this CD, 'Mr Holland Begins', is truly remarkable. Listening to it touches a lot, especially when you see Richard Dreyfuss as Mr. Holland at work at the beginning of the movie. And the concert arrangement called 'An American Symphony' is a great masterpiece that goes high in feelings, showcasing something truly epic. Truly outstanding.
Then, why the 3 stars I'm giving to it? The rest of the music, especially in the dramatic moments, lacks the emotions given by the two aforementioned tracks. Sometimes, they are so dull that makes you wonder if Mr. Kamen used all his feelings in the epic part of this CD. I could make an exception with 'Practice, Practice, Practice', but that's it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Emotional and dramatic soundtrack ! 9 July 2000
By Jim Lorrimore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Words can't truly describe the power, emotion and depth of the music on this album - if you've seen the film, this is the soundtrack to get. It contains the full version of 'An American Symphony', which grows in statue until the final 3 minutes which is the 'symphony' from the ending of the film, (I dare you to listen to it without the hairs on the back of your neck rising!). 'Cole's Song' is a masterpiece - both the instrumental and vocal versions while the opening track evokes so many memories of Richard Dreyfuss in the title sequence. These, together with the other tracks, make for a truly FANTASTIC soundtrack album !
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hits the spot! 9 Jan 2003
By judith E.Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have owned the cassette tape of Mr. Hollands Opus for 3+ years and can't wait to own the C.D. version. I have listened to it on road trips as well in my home and never get tired of it. I also own the movie as well and everytime I listen to the soundtrack, I can identify the music with each scene. I highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in the movie.
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