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Princess Mononoke: Symph [Soundtrack, Import]

Joe Hisaishi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Milan
  • ASIN: B00005IC2T
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1st Movt: The Legend Of Ashitaka
2. 2nd Movt: Ta Ta Ri Gami
3. 3rd Movt: The Journey To The West
4. 4th Movt: Mononoke Hime
5. 5th Movt: The Forest Of The Deer God
6. 6th Movt: Requiem - The Demon Power
7. 7th Movt: The World Of The Dead - Adagio Of Life & Death
8. 8th Movt: Ashitaka And San

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the OST, you need this. 15 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The "Princess Mononoke original soundtrack" (OST) stays - of course - close to the movie, thus presenting nearly all themes appearing in this motion picture masterpiece. The only problem (if you can call this a problem) with the OST is, that the tracks are mostly very short. Not the case with the "Symphonic Suite".
Princess Mononoke doesn't offer many different themes, but those few are magnificent and completely covered by the Symphonic Suite's eight tracks. They are all terrific!
The running time of each track is approx. 6 minutes, presenting the themes in all their glory. The interpretations are different from those of the OST, and they simply sound wider, richer and much more powerful thanks to the great work of the responsible orchestra. But they still stay close to their "originals".
It's a disc to lean back, close the eyes and let the music do it's fantastic job, while all the beautiful images from the movie are coming back to one's memory. You don't have to skip a single track, which I found necessary when listening to the OST from time to time.
As a conclusion, I would say that this disc is slightly better than the OST, although I would not want to miss them both. The Symphonic Suite - in comparison - contains no vocals, but what you get is pure quality and the best selection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think you've heard it all... 14 Mar 2004
By xpianox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tchaikovsky would have loved this score. This rich European symphonic performance takes Joe Hisaishi's masterwork to another level. The only thing missing is the beautiful vocal track (get the OST Japanese version for the magnificent countertenor). This score beautifully conveys the sense of quest, the loyalty, the conflict, and the hopefulness of the film. The soundtrack to Princess Mononoke is an integral component of the movie, as much as the story and the artwork. More than most directors, Miyazaki in intimately involved in the creation of the music. Scan the web for the poetry that Miyazaki provided to Joe Hisaishi to inspire this score.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "great film in animation ~ Hisaishi's score is Fantastic!" 16 May 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Would put this film right up there with "Star Wars" ~ the music is as good or better than John Williams, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith or Ennio Morricone, each cue expressing the story-line with inner-feelings that give the characters life.
This album of symphonic suite's was a brain-storm bringing new arrangements of an already wonderful and successful score from the original soundtrack "PRINCESS MONONOKE" (73138-35864-2 on Milan Records) ~ (see my review on amazon.com/music).
Milan and Hisaishi give us another insight to the opening track "THE LEGEND OF ASHITAKA" (1st movement) with a new version performed by the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mario Klemens over-lapping blending counterpoints with each measure, the result is a wonderful and outstanding performance ~ stirring your emotions once again as you recall this epic animated film and the power-mood-setting score by ~ JOE HISAISHI!
Total Time: 47:26 on 8 Tracks ~ Milan Entertainment 73138-35944-2 ~ (2001)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Articulation from Screen to Sheet 1 Jan 2004
By professional_shizoku - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joe Hisaishi is responsible for some of the more memorable soundtracks for today's family classics. Movies such as the 2003 Academy Award winner (for best animated feature film)"Spirited Away," and other family favorites like "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Kiki's Delivery Service," can pay their debt to this man for giving them their musical soul.
Hisaishi's ability to write symphonic tracks that appeal to both children and adults alike is a unique ability. The music on the Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite CD will easily find ubiquity among both crowds of classical and popular music.
Each track contains its own feelings, and each note reflects a moment in the film. There isn't a song on this CD that cannot be instantly framed to a part in the movie. This is one of those albums that you can listen to straight through. Joe Hisaishi perfectly articulates screen to sheet in the way that only he can.
I know a lot of buyers might be wondering why Joe Hisaishi used The Czech Philharmonic for the symphohic suite instead of the original Tokyo Philharmonic. But don't be alarmed, the Czech players give the music a unique European touch that flows through-and-through with the film, original OST (Original Soundtrack), and overall theme of man vs. nature. After hearing the symphonic suite I would have to agree with Hisaishi San's choice of spice.
All in all, I would have to say that this CD is an essential for both fans of soundtracks, anime, and classical music alike.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting take on the soundtrack 17 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It took me a while to convince myself to buy this CD, because I already had the OST. However, I am glad I bought it. I can't exactly say that it is that much better than the OST, but is better recorded (less static in the background). It is also an interesting take on the soundtrack. In general, it seems that the parts are cut off harder, instead of fading out, and what was slurred more in the OST is tounged. Some of my favorite solos are sometimes almost inaudible and sometimes the balance of instruments is off, but that's alright. The general feeling is not the same as the movie as it feels less somber, so I belive that the OST goes with the movie better. Don't bother with listening to the online samples, as they don't really display what this album has. Very interesting sound, buy it if you are a hardcore Mononoke or classical music fan.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best scores! 29 Mar 2002
By Zhiyi Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been familiar with those works by John Williams,James Horner or someone else who are famous in film music composing in America. Suddenly,I found this album which gave me a great surprise! It has a total different style from those western composers,it's a blending of big orchestration and Asian feelings.It is full of beautiful melodies and harmonies that created a whole epic of human being's emotion.Hisaishi is a terrific composer,we can definitely put this CD(along with the original soundtrack) to the level of best soundtracks.I think any fan of those great American film composers should absolutely get this CD, even I just think everyone should have it.
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