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Romeo And Juliet [Soundtrack]

Abel Korzeniowski Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Juliet's Dream
2. Forbidden Love
3. Queen Mab
4. The Cheek of Night
5. First Kiss
6. Trooping With Crows
7. A Thousand Times Good Night
8. Come, Gentle Night
9. Wedding Vows
10. Fortune's Fool
11. From Ancient Grudge
12. Death is My Heir
13. Tempt Not a Desperate Man
14. The Crypt, Pt. 1
15. The Crypt, Pt. 2
16. Eternal Love

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Romeo & Juliet, the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy with an original score by critically acclaimed film composer Abel Korzeniowski. Korzeniowski graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, specialising in cello and composer studies under the supervision of Kryszto Penderecki.

He won acclaim as the composer of music for films and theatre plays and received a Ludwik Award (Nagroda Ludwika) in 2009.

Korzeniowski composed film scores for Polish films including Big Animal,Tomorrow's Weather, An Angel in Krakow, as well as Hollywood productions: Battle for Terra, Pu-239, Tickling Leo, A Single Man and W.E.

He won a San Diego Film Critics Society Award in 2009 for the Best score in A Single Man and was nominated for a 2009 Golden Globe in the best original score category for the same film. In 2012, he was nominated for Best Original Score for the film W.E., at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I consider Abel Korzeniowski's soundtrack for Tom Ford's "A Single Man" a favorite, and while I've enjoyed a number of his soundtracks over the years (especially the one he wrote for Madonna's "W.E."), I didn't expect that his new one for "Romeo and Juliet" would be competition for them. And yet I've been enjoying it more than I expected to, and keep playing it again and again. I would say that his music for "A Single Man" remains firmly at the top, but "Romeo and Juliet" is a close second. But if you are expecting something like Nino Rota's lushly romantic score for the previous film of this Shakespeare classic, better sample the music first, although I found that it wasn't until I played the CD through a stereo with large speakers that I really fell in love with it. I do NOT regret buying this! And if you are already an Abel Korzeniowski fan, I think you're going to love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better than this! 22 Dec 2013
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[...] There is a certain directness about this score, with its moderate orchestrations and uncomplicated themes, that aims straight for the heart. There is beauty in (and through) modesty. Admittedly though, on a few occasions I too wished that the score would take off a little more than it does; or that the orchestrations were a tad more varied. For me, it stops just short of being a masterpiece. Having said that, without even having to resort to using the `difficult scoring situation' as an excuse, Korzeniowski has delivered a richly melodic work full of romance, pathos and sorrow. Certainly one of this year's very best, incidentally alongside "Escape from Tomorrow" by Abel Korzeniowski. Coincidence? I think not.[...]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Polish brilliance 8 Dec 2013
By Luke
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Hard to understand that this guy doesn't get more big assignments. He replaced a James Horner score that probably would have sounded like Braveheart but this is the real deal. It's heartbreaking and big on emotion without being schmaltzy befitting the story of these two cursed lovers. The themes are instantly memorable and stick in your head. I would say it's almost a big orchestra version of a Philip Glass score..but better. This might just be the score of the year for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The agony and the ecstasy of love 15 Oct 2013
By Jon Broxton - Published on Amazon.com
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Since the very first years of cinema Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare’s timeless story of passionate doomed love, has been a well of inspiration for filmmakers, ranging from George Cukor’s 1936 film starring Norma Shearer, the classic Franco Zeffirelli version from 1968, and Baz Luhrmann’s revisionist interpretation from 1996, as well as the popular musical West Side Story, which replaces Montagues and Capulets with Sharks and Jets, and moves the story from Verona to New York City. Director Carlo Carlei’s new version was written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and is a comparatively straightforward re-telling of the story, with Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in the lead roles as the star cross’d lovers, and a supporting cast that includes Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgård, Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film is visually sumptuous, with opulent production design and costumes, and features an equally sumptuous and opulent score by Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski.

Korzeniowski was a fairly late replacement for the film’s original composer, James Horner, who had written and recorded his entire score several months previously; the exact reasons for Horner’s music being rejected are as yet unclear, but whatever the case may be, Korzeniowski was brought in just weeks before the film was due to be released. In these circumstances, scores often go one of two ways: either the new score is rushed and perfunctory, a testament to the short timescale given to the composer, or the new score is absolutely inspired, with the composer seizing his opportunity with both hands and excelling under pressure. Thankfully, Korzeniowski’s Romeo & Juliet is the latter – a sweeping, soaring, romantic masterpiece that is easily one of 2013’s finest musical achievements.

Korzeniowski already has the brilliant Escape from Tomorrow in the can from earlier this year – itself one of 2013’s best scores – but Romeo & Juliet may just top it in terms of sheer thematic beauty and orchestral excellence. The score is large, lush, and exquisitely gorgeous; it features some of the best performances I have ever heard from the Hollywood Studio Symphony, and gives special emphasis to strings, rhapsodic pianos, and a haunting solo female vocalist that adds an angelic, ethereal quality to the lovers’ tale. It’s almost as though Korzeniowski was asked to write the ultimate romantic score for the ultimate romantic story, to accentuate every emotion to its highest point, and to capture the depth of overwhelming feeling experienced by the two young protagonists, and he succeeded in doing just that.

The opening “Juliet’s Dream” is pretty and delicate, and introduces one of the score’s defining features – strong rhythmic scales which run through almost the entire score and which remind me a little of Michael Nyman or Philip Glass in its precise structure. The second cue, “Forbidden Love”, introduces the staggeringly beautiful love theme, the first of several performances during the score which simply take your breath away. As he did with his previously work on films like W.E., Copernicus Star and the slightly more restrained A Single Man, Korzeniowski has yet again managed to write a central romantic theme of such grace and elegance, passion and emotion; virtually no-one working in film music today is writing music like this, and it’s to the enduring credit of the people who hire him that they allow him to write this type of score in today’s anonymous, emotionless mainstream film music world.

“The Cheek of Night” introduces a flighty, fluttery solo vocal effect performed by Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Chamber Singers soprano Tamara Bevard, dancing on a bed of fluid string and piano lines. “First Kiss” offers a powerful but intimate solo piano performance which is quite lovely, and which swells in the throws of romantic ecstasy when the strings enter half way through the cue. Later, the more classically-inclined “Come, Gentle Night” enhances the syncopated piano line with twittering flutes and shimmering harp glissandi to give it a magical touch, while “Wedding Vows” blends a velvety solo cello with more of Bevard’s sublimely angelic vocals.

Of course, as the story demands, there is action music too; “Trooping With Crows” offers a more strident, surging string pattern overlaid with a rhapsodic contrapuntal piano part and an occasional vocal interlude; later, both “Fortune’s Fool” and “From Ancient Grudge” are especially effusive pieces with an increased choral, percussion and brass presence, thundering boldly and dramatically, while the synthesizers that appear during the former cue’s middle section adds a sense of confusion and anguish to the violence’s aftermath. Both cues have a notable hint of Shakespearean Patrick Doyle about them, especially the sword fighting music from the finale of his Hamlet.

The highlights of the score, however, are the seven-minute “A Thousand Times Good Night”, and the 15-minute finale, during which Korzeniowski wrings every last drop of emotion from his orchestra, resulting in some of the most moving and affecting music heard anywhere this year. “A Thousand Times Good Night” begins softly, with the solo piano taking center stage, and gradually builds through the addition of warm strings, feather-light woodwind accents and iridescent percussion into several rapturous re-statements of the love theme.

The finale, which comprises “Tempt Not a Desperate Man”, the two “Crypt” cues and the conclusive “Eternal Love”, is magnificent. “Tempt Not a Desperate Man” is mysterious and insistent, and has an almost Desplat-like feel, especially with the way high-register glockenspiels and light percussion items counterbalance the bolder, darker strokes of the orchestra. “The Crypt, Part 1” begins with a funereal solemnity, and is given a heightened sense of religious loss via the softly cooing chorus, parts of which remind me of the more spiritual parts of Braveheart (a temp track holdover from Horner’s original score, perhaps?), while “The Crypt, Part 2” musically explores the great disaster of poor timing inherent in Shakespeare’s devastating finale. The cello, so rich and mournful, is especially impressive here, and the conclusive performance of the love theme, slowed down and accentuated with timpani rolls, is about as heartfelt and tragic as film music gets. Everything concludes with the truly lovely “Eternal Love”, which again uses the voice/cello combination to superb effect, adding a religioso touch and confirming beyond doubt that there never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Anyone with a penchant for strongly thematic, purely orchestral, emotionally direct, beautifully composed film music will find much to enjoy here. Abel Korzeniowski is a composer who is not afraid to bring out the deeper sentiments in a film through his music, and it’s so refreshing to hear music from a man who so clearly understands what good film music can achieve, and how much music like this can elevate a film, and – most importantly – works with people who understand this too. Comparisons with the great R&J scores by Nino Rota and Prokofiev are, of course, unfair, but taken on its own terms Korzeniowski’s entry into this pantheon of great music comes unreservedly recommended by me as one of the best scores of 2013.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful score! 13 Feb 2014
By Julia - Published on Amazon.com
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This score is breathtaking and fits the film and scenes perfectly. I feel the music really made me feel even more ..Abel really captured Romeo and Juliet & their love story. I cannot say more good things about this soundtrack, it's a must have! It's so romantic and elegant just like the love story and added so much passion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly beautiful music 27 Feb 2014
By Polly B. - Published on Amazon.com
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If you loved the movie, you will absolutely love the soundtrack. It's all instrumental except for a few tracks that include the coloratura soprano (from the Capulets' masked ball early in the movie). The music provides a lovely background for whatever you may be doing, from just listening and relaxing, to desk work, painting or other crafts, driving, or walking the dog. It could well be the soundtrack of my life from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 4 May 2014
By Sarah M - Published on Amazon.com
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I adore film scores already, and by far, I found this one to be my absolute favorite. Without visuals from the film, the score evokes sheer emotion through each track. There is common elemental "melody" interwoven throughout. I added this album to my cell phone's MP3 playlist. It's one of my favorites as I'm walking through the woods.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax with a Little R&J 16 April 2014
By J. David Kopp - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie was very good and enjoyable, but the music soundtrack is SPECTACULAR. Can't recommend it enough. BUY IT NOW!!!
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