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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Against the day of affordable re-release, 4 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Barry Lyndon: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] (Audio CD)
The music from the soundtrack of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon is utterly gorgeous, melancholy, sometimes ironically stirring and evocative. Unfortunately its no longer available outside a few sellers, and therefore the cost is likely to shift the eager listener from melancholy to depression.

Perhaps someday this will become available as a standalone sound track again, or even as an mp3 download. It may be worth scouring the web to see if any other companies offering mp3s are already doing this.

My review looks forward to the day when this IS available, affordably.

The music is a curious, fitting mix of Handel, particularly a slow, stately sarabande, Mozart (Idomeneo), grey-green misty Irish music, skirling pipes and strings by the Chieftains, and military marching music, which against the backdrop of the other music seems less energising and purposeful, and much more disquieting and a harbinger of doom.

Does the collection work as a stand-alone, if you've never seen the film? Well, personally I'm not altogether convinced. Without strong memories of the sadness, decay and faded glory in the film's storyline the strange pairing of music, the increasingly portentous sarabande against the sorrow-within-have-a-good-time of the Chieftains and the upbeat confidence of the military marches would be odd. Some movie soundtracks have a seamlessness as there is an evenness in quality and tone of music, enabling enjoyment without filmic associations.

The score of this so perfectly counterpoints what is seen with a commentating subtext and thus has such variety that it must reserve its fullest impact for those who have seen the film.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius, 16 Jun. 2002
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This review is from: Barry Lyndon: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] (Audio CD)
I heard this soundtrack before I'd actually seen the movie + it was just amazing, provoking emotions + imagary no other music I've ever listened to could! It's a beautiful selection of classical music easily appreciated without the film. (which by the way, is a magnificent tale of love,war, and ambition)The best track on this album is definatly Handels, Sarabande, the main title which is just amazing. Without a doubt a sadly unappreciated but truely magnificent collection of music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best film soundtracks ever, 1 Mar. 2011
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Mim55 (Cornwall, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Barry Lyndon: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] (Audio CD)
Beg, borrow, steal.... do whatever it takes to get your hands on this CD and give your lug-holes an absolute treat. I play this in my studio if I can tear it away from my husband in his.
JUST BRILLIANT!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have too the movie lover, 30 Mar. 2006
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Finn Olav Esk Fosse (4846 Arendal, Aust Agder Norway) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Barry Lyndon: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] (Audio CD)
Quality recording and all the tunes from barry lyndon you loved in the movie. Also some great military tunes for collectors of millitary music from the 7 year wars era and tabel topp/minature gamers wanting some background music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive recording of Handel's Saraband, 19 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Barry Lyndon: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] (Audio CD)
It was always a favourite film and soundtrack. Re-visiting the original soundtrack proves the fact that this is the best ever for the Saraband in various forms.
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