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The Hours [Soundtrack]

Philip Glass Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00007BH3Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Poet Acts 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Morning Passages 5:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Something She Has To Do 3:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. "For Your Own Benefit" 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vanessa And The Changelings 1:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. "I'm Going To Make A Cake" 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. An Unwelcome Friend 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dead Things 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Kiss 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. "Why Does Someone Have To Die?" 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tearing Herself Away 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Escape! 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Choosing Life 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Hours 7:470.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

How better to score a movie that takes place in three tangentially related time periods than with music that strives for timelessness? The hallmarks of Philip Glass's minimalism serve The Hours well. The film, based on Michael Cunningham's novel, tells the stories of three women--Virginia Woolf in the early 1920s, a housewife just after World War II, and a book editor in the present--whose days relate in different ways to Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway. Yet rather than construct a sonic montage of these three time periods (perhaps some Ravel for Woolf, some Max Steiner for the housewife, some Enya for the editor), Hours producer Scott Rudin turned to Glass, a contemporary-classical composer who has had a substantial side career in film, most notably with Koyaanisqatsi. The familiar Glass sounds--the endlessly layered violins, the static melodies, the glacial rhythms--all lend a consistent aural foundation to a story that moves fluidly back and forth in time. The music is scored for orchestra, string quartet and piano. Those plentiful strings lend a thick cushion, a triumph of tonal suspension, for the piano part, which Michael Riesman plays coolly, emphasising what are often single notes separated by thoughtful silences, as well as short sets of scales cascading in slow motion. Not only will these compositional themes be familiar to fans of Glass's work, so too will several of the melodies. Some sections of the score are derived from his albums Glassworks and Solo Piano and from his opera Satyagraha which, incidentally, involved the stories of three legendary men active in different eras. --Marc Weidenbaum

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CD W/Lyric Quartet Orchestra, Nick Ingman, Michael Riesman

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars noticing 25 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Last night I watched The Hours. What was most notable about the film, from a sound perspective, was that as the credits rolled, I listened to a beautiful piece of music. One that I had clearly heard before, but was hearing in a way I had not heard before.... What came to me was that the mastery of this soundtrack was how it was unnoticable. Every scene, every emotion, tension, light relief; was communicated by sound, by a score that exactly replicated what was seen and felt on screen, so perfectly, it became unnoticable. Until that final moment where the genius of it came to light. As the credits rolled. I have never seen or heard sound and picture fused with this level of awareness and heart.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to spend your hours 3 Mar 2003
By Brian
Format:Audio CD
Film soundtracks are a strange animal: some work only if you've seen the film, whilst others don't require this. The soundtrack to "The Hours" is definitely the latter.
If you have seen the brilliant film, you will be more than aware of the haunting and achingly beautiful music that accompanies the wonderful acting, intelligent script and visual imagery that is "The Hours". Even if you haven't seen it - and you should! - Philip Glass's soundtrack is a must.
Fans of Glass's work will buy this regardless; other customers will find themselves in possession of a CD containing music of sheer beauty. Since buying this wonderful soundtrack, it has become a near-permanent resident in my CD player. And that is no bad thing.
So, what do you get for your money? Glorious, evocative music, beautiful packaging, and some of the best sleeve notes and design I have seen for some time. Even the pefectionist Virginia Woolf would approve, I fear!
Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic combination 13 Jan 2004
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I read the book. I watched the film and I was amazed how the Glass music "fixed" the film so well. I thought that the book was unfilmable until I saw the film and a really strong part of its success is how the music tells you where you are. Not since the great Bernard Herrman enhanced the films of Alfred Hitchcock have I heard a score that is such an integral part of the film itself. As a piece of Glass music it stands by itself so I hope that a suite from The Hours will soon be heard in recital. I can not speak too highly of this amazingly charged recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this is going to become a reference work 14 Jun 2005
By Gwilty
Format:Audio CD
This review comes late, but having recently heard the Riesman piano CD of the same soundtrack, and reviewing it, I feel that I should offer my take on the original. The 'new' piano version has made me realise how much I find this recording to be one of Mr Glass's most emotionally charged pieces, and a fitting accompaniment to a magnificent film.
A combination of rich string arrangements and Michael Riesman's piano provide a pulsating, melodic and poignant soundtrack that made all the difference to the movie. Everything seems very restrained, yet everything is powerful in the music - there is a sense of drive and purpose that arises from gentle beginnings. Five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A score that holds a meaning 18 July 2006
By S. Reid
Format:Audio CD
It must be said without a doubt that Glass made the film 'The Hours' with the music score. Without it, this would not have produced what the film is. It has true meaning to it. Everytime i listen to it i feel a sense of sadness and loss, but at the same time, an overwhelmly sense of relief to know what life really is about. What decisions we take is up to us. This music score protrays all of that.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and Hopeful 25 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have several Philip Glass CDs but this is my favourite. It's beautiful, haunting music in its own right but when one has seen the film it becomes remarkable. Glass's music perfectly captures the themes of the film: of coming to terms with mortality in both of its aspects, living and dying. Glass also manages to write music that is both timeless and yet captures the three time periods in which the book and film are set. Like several of Glass's works, music for The Hours seems to ripple over one. One feels in it rather than listening from the outside. This is a great work from one of our greatest comtemporary composers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album to pass a lifetime away to 29 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album needs very little explaining. It can sit perfectly on its own, or as the accompniament to an extraordinary film. However you look at it, its quite simply a masterpiece. I could listen to it all day, and anyone who saw and enjoyed the film but doesn't have this, I recommend you buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Glass 15 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Even if you are not a modern music fan, you will feel relaxed and moved at the same time by this amazing soundtrack. 'The Piano' famous music was/still is used as backing track to ads, TV docs/progs etc. The haunting 'Hours' music has become the same.
A moving and thoughtful composition all round.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loopy
i listened to this when i bought it on a loop, obsessively.. glass in a genius. Sound tracks are bread and butter, where for Mozart, the patron would have been the church or the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jafa
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual classical music
A very unclassical composition of Classical music. Perhaps an acquired taste but if it's your flavour, you will really like it!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Buy it if you liked the film and his music. Useful for work (i'm a teacher in performing arts) cos it's atmospheric of courrse. But you know that or you wouldn't be reading this...
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. L. E. Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I heard a part of The Hours soundtrack music on the radio (ClassicFM) and liked it so bought the album as download. Very relaxing music, I find.
Published 12 months ago by David Wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the film track
I didn't like the film when I saw it I some time ago. But I liked the music, so bought the cd.
Published 13 months ago by JUNE SLINGSBY
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't rate a gift expressly asked for
This was also bought for my daughter as a birthday gift--she was born 3 days after Christmas--and it reflects her taste not mine.
Published 14 months ago by pastit
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Composition - Stirring, Lyrical and Melodic
I saw the film which this Philip Glass-written soundtrack was written for some years ago and almost immediately appreciated the wonderful music which supported it. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Mr. Laurence Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hours Soundtrack
This Cd contains some of the most beautful music you will ever hear. The piano pieces send chills up and down your spine. It is very moving and emotional. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by Mr. Mark Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hours soundtrack (Philip Glass)
I rarely buy film soundtracks: I had some notion that music recorded like this would somehow be a slightly inferior product of a studio soundstage. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Doveman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the Glass World,
This CD stands alone in its own right, as well as a beautifully apt score to a movie. Most of the Glass hallmarks are there, the repetitions, the slow building of change, the... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Lady Fancifull
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