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The Fog of War [Soundtrack]

Philip Glass Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B0000EWQ0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. The Fog Of war Soundtrack - Philip Glass - 34 Tracks On 1 Cd - Philip Glass

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass as Glass should be 18 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
An interesting movie deserves an interesting soundtrack. And Philip Glass has succeeded in composing one.
The music has all the characteristics of the typical Glass music. Though for some people this might be a reason not to listen, it should be said that this cd is proof of Glass' mastership.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that the cd contains 34 tracks. With a playing time of some 73 minutes, this results in relatively short tracks (3:34 minutes for the longest, average time per track around 2 minutes). It apparently forces Glass to be precise in what he wants to convey through his music: he clearly focuses on the theme he has in mind, and therefore the music isn't too elaborate. The ongoing variation and repetition sometimes can get on your nerves (and believe me: even as a big fan of his music I now and then have too much of it). But this one has a certain freshness, which can't be said of some of the latest recordings of more recent compositions that have become available.
Though it's difficult to choose which tracks I like best (so many to choose from...), I'd say I prefer the first one ('100.000 people'). To me it seems to be a new kind of Glass music - I'd like him to compose some more of that kind. It has a certain hauting quality, and for me personally it could last a lot longer than it does. Well, never mind, we still have the 'repeat-button'...
Not having seen the movie 'The Fog of War', I can't comment on the relationship between this music and the accompanying image. But this cd certainly makes a strong impression on its own. It rates high in my personal Glass top 10. So I don't hesitate to recommend it to long time fans. And for those who haven't had the fortune to know Glass-music yet: this cd is a very good introduction to it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glass near his best 7 Mar 2004
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Working again with Errol Morris ('The Thin Blue Line', 'A Brief History of Time')Glass has crafted a wondefully varied palate of sound. Unlike his recent disappointing 'Naqoyqatsi' (also on the subject of war), this score to a documentary on Robert McNamara and the Vietnam War is a pungent listening experience, evoking the drama and tragedy of war. Stand-outs include the opening and closing tracks ('100,000 People' & 'The Fog of War'), and most powerfully 'Low Evil' and 'Evil Grade' both using a deeply unsettling wash of electronic sound reminiscent of mid-1970's Germanic-influenced electronica. Glass also recycles tracks from his back catalogue (as he did on 'The Hours') 3 pieces from 'Company' and 'In The Upper Room', which mesh seemlessly with the new material.
Whether you agree with Morris' and Glass' reading of the Vietnam War and its modern parallels, this is spellbinding music - stark, eloquent, moving and frightening. This is right up near the top of Glass' best work, deploying all his musical hallmarks and his new-found harmonic freedom. The large number of cues here mean most pieces are short, so never out-stay their welcome, although one is left yearning for more of the most powerful pieces.
Glass is and remains the outstanding voice in contemporary classical music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rating the cd. 23 May 2013
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Thought it was a good cd. Carnt think of to much more to say about just that it was a good cd.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Variations on a Theme by Glass 10 Dec 2003
By Alex Grimley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Being someone who was ecstatic with the new direction Philip Glass took with "Naqoyqatsi", I was eagerly anticipating the release of "The Fog of War". I was not disappointed with it, but I wasn't exactly satisfied either.
Of course, the main difference between this album and Glass's other works is the lack of form. The music doesn't flow as well; doesn't create a mood like some of Glass's other soundtracks. Each track runs about two minutes long; some as short as 43 seconds. With "The Hours" this wasn't a problem, but here most of the tracks sound noticeably different from the one before it.
"The Fog of War" breaks no new ground for Glass, it sounds similar to much of his older work. (Track 28, Unilateralism, is the first movement of the orchestral version of "Company.")
I think it's safe to say that this album most closely resembles "The Thin Blue Line", Glass's soundtrack for Errol Morris's excellent 1988 documentary. Again, the orchestral focus is on strings and brass, with bits of percussion thrown in here and there.
For what it's worth, this album is typical Glass (and there certainly isn't anything wrong with that), moody music that creates a scene, a picture in the listener's mind, but isn't profound or moving like "Koyaanisqatsi" or even the "Etudes", for instance.
"The Fog of War" is one for your collection, but not a necessity for people just starting a Philip Glass library.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film was great, but the score made it outstanding. 5 Aug 2004
By Joel Munyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ever thought about what it would be like to watch a film with no muscial score? I have and I did for this documentary. Believe me when I write this, there's no way this film would have been as good without Glass' melodic brutality looming in the background.

Glass does something wonderful with this score; he gives war, uncertainty, doubt and fear a musical element, an audible personality that captures each bomb, burnt building and ominous threat in complete perfection, leaving your ears and your mind in a state of disbelief and amazement, thinking to yourself, "Wow, that music fits this segment like a glove."

The Thin Blue Line score made me an instant Glass fan but this score made me borderline Glass fanatic.

In my opinion, he surpasses Carter Burwell in the category of most unflinching film composer.......by a long shot.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass' dramatic score is Fog's 'secret sauce' 21 Mar 2004
By Andy Orrock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you've seen Errol Morris' "The Fog of War," you know that a big part of what makes the movie click is Phillip Glass' outstanding soundtrack. Morris and Glass have worked together before and it shows. Morris' imagery (the falling dominos, the accelerating list of Japanese cities, JFK's slow-blinking visage before TV cameras) appears to be literally lifted off the screen into 3-D by the strength of Glass' score. I don't think you'll find another movie (certainly no other documentary) where the words, images and music mesh with such dramatic effect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (G)lassy 27 July 2007
By David A. Baer - Published on Amazon.com
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Some people hear things others never do. Of these, a few write them down. Of these, a small number create a theme and variations upon it that cohere and enthrall.

Philip Glass belongs to this minute group of human beings. Fortunately for us, recorded music exists to make his work available to all and at any time. His soundtrack for the Errol Morros documentary on Robert McNamara is a lesson in how to create film music that unobtrusively ups the ante of the film it graces.

Glass' score both intensifies and accelerates the movie. It is nearly impossible for one not to experience a quickened pulse when Glass pulls together--of all things, a snare drum, a bit of low brass, and a flute.

Ah, that flute. It floats in and out of track after track, bereft of its customary vibrato, a penetrating, entrancing reminder that something serious is going on in the film. It is a masterful use of a small, metal pipe. At the command of Glass, the humble flute and its younger brother the piccolo punch considerably above their weight.

Who could write such a work? Probably only Philip Glass.

The movie's pretty good, too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT GLASS SCORE! 30 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep this review short, just like the length of the pieces on the CD. This is yet another great score by Glass, and superbly recorded as well. Glass uses his classic strings and percussion to great effect and oftentimes great surprise as well.
This score has more variety than Glass's score for another Morris film, "The Thin Blue Line". By the way, will "The Thin Blue Line" ever get released on DVD?
The pieces are all short ones, which makes it an easier listen for Glass newbies I would imagine, but I would have preferred a few longer pieces- all the short pieces make it sound like "Glass fragments"- on some pieces once Glass gets going he has to come to a stop.
Still, I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful CD!
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