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Titus [SOUNDTRACK] [Soundtrack]

Elliot Goldenthal Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00003W7Z4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Adapted from Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Julie Taymor's debut feature is a visionary, maverick work comparable more to Apocalypse Now and Fight Club than conventional cinema. Consequently, composer Elliot Goldenthal (who is also the director's husband) has delivered a wild, iconoclastic score that stands not only as his own best film work but also among the most genuinely innovative soundtracks in years.

Goldenthal is not new to Shakespeare, and his score compliments and expands on his approach to the ballet Othello. Titus opens with a massive, overwhelming Latin choral chant, "Victorius Titus", before accompanying the titular anti-hero's bloody rampage with everything from snarling, decadent 1930s-style big band jazz, to atmospheric electronics (including a track lifted from his A Time to Kill score), and, in "Pickled Heads", thrash metal. Essentially though, Titus is an epic orchestral score, building to the fatalistic intensity of the eight-minute "Finale" with exceptional power and imagination. Just as the film fuses images across the centuries, Goldenthal assimilates his past film work, including particular references to the agitated string motifs from Alien 3. Yet out of this pastiche something new emerges, something shocking, exhilarating, raw and bloody-boned. A challenge to other directors and composers to go to the edge and jump right over. --Gary S Dalkin

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic fusion of genres. 1 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The score for TITUS is not only Goldenthal's best work since his groundbreaking score for ALIEN 3, but his finest work full stop. A fusion of swing, rock, dance, vast orchestral arrangements and jazz, TITUS is, and this is no word of a lie, a crazed, often alarming, darkly humourous and yet deeply moving masterpiece. The opening track "Victorius Titus" is suitably atmospheric with the chanting male choir, heavy brass and swirling strings. This segues into the track "Procession & Obsequis" that alternates between a darker, subterranean male choir (as is fitting for the sequence it accompanies), but also brings forth tragic sweetness and joy in the "Obsequis" movement, picked up again and again in other tracks. The swing/jazz is used in the film to convey the orgiastic Roman decadence, the rock and dance for scenes concerning Demetrius and Chiron, villians both, as well as the evil Aaron, who, along with tamora, is the downfall of Titus Andronicus and his family. All beautifully reflected in this wonderful music; tragedy, violence, insanity (mental and physical), tenderness and revenge too far, all ingredients mixed together to make TITUS a worthy purchase. You've never heard anything like it. The sad thing is you probably never will again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, every track strong, no filler! 28 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Elliot Goldenthal is consistent, maybe not in terms of style or tone on this score, but it's the quality of the music that is... Wonderfully unique, a myriad of jazz, big band, experimental, etc... It's uneven, but is a lot of fun, you won't be bored that's for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius 25 Jun 2008
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This groundbreaking score cemented Goldenthal's reputation as one of the finest film composers at work today. Dark, barbaric and haunting, as befits Shakespeare's bloodiest play, this is a unique work, whose influence can be heard again and again right up to today (Tyler Bates' '300' score to name just one). I can even forgive the couple of dodgy big-band numbers that seem out of place beside the savage rock and tormented, ecstatic post-minimalist classical.

If there is any doubt lingering, this erased it, Elliot Goldenthal is a stone-cold genius.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldenthal's Genius 23 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In a time when so many motion picture soundtrack recordings are nothing more than compilations of rock n' roll songs featured, albeit briefly, in their respective films, it's wonderful to find a completely original score. The film has not yet arrived in Denver but on the strength of Goldenthal's past work, I immediately picked up the CD. It is an amazing mix of musical styles and sounds blended together to create one of the most interesting and enjoyable film scores I've heard in some time. Mr. Goldenthal ranks among the best of today's film composers: John Williams, John Barry, Gabriel Yared, Jerry Goldsmith, and others. His musical instincts and talents help enhance our motion picture experiences.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Elliot Goldenthal's current epic masterpiece! 25 Jun 2001
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There aren't enough words to describe how brilliant and exciting this score is! This is, without a doubt, Mr. Goldenthal's most bombastic, most creative, and most monumental piece of film score work to date. The film may not have been well noticed or recieved, but they did good by releasing an hour long score from the movie. Jam-packed with powerful themes, brilliant jazz ensemble pieces, and chilling melodies, Titus is a score that any film score fan shouldn't hesitate to pick up! It is truly Mr. Goldenthal's finest score to date!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning diversity 19 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Goldenthal found the perfect tone to complement this over-the-top, gaudy, gory film. The music plays extremely well by itself, however. Like the film, it combines many eras and genres of music, from heavy orchestral works to modern swing jazz to industrial rock to atmospheric dissonance. Goldenthal feels at home with all. The music, is, by and large, all way over-the-top, but it's very fun to listen to.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elliot Goldenthal, it's about time he wins an oscar 15 Jan 2000
By Chris C Tilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack to Titus, like the film, combines many eras into one. There are are great choral works with lots of percussion melding with Jazz and some pop sounding tracks all put together with seamless transitions. This work by Mr. Goldenthal shows how much more experienced with writing music over 90% of todays film composers. He among, John Williams know how to write music that isn't mind bogglingly boring....cough...James Horner..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Esoteric, highbrow -- and damn compelling! 29 Feb 2000
By Matthew Easterbrook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I must admit, I'm not too familiar with Goldenthal's work. I've seen many movies that he's scored, but TITUS is the first soundtrack CD of his that I've bought. It's a marvelous piece of work, ranging from moody orchestral tomes to heavy metal to jazzy swing numbers. And it all blends together perfectly! Needless to say, I'm duly impressed.
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