- Audio CD (22 Dec. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: EU Import
- ASIN: B0054Z948K
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,671 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Arrietty s soundtrack represents the latest work from Studio Ghibli, composed by Cécile Corbel and Simon Caby. In a departure from convention, Arrietty s composers were found in France by Ghibli, who worked with them closely for a year to produce a new style of music for their latest work. Together they created a delicate fusion of Celtic folk music and the distinctly Japanese character we have come to expect from Studio Ghibli s soundtracks. This collection of tranquil instrumentals and melodic vocals will be appreciated equally by lovers of the Arrietty and those who may not have seen a Studio Ghibli film at all.
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The celtic harp forms the backbone of this CD, and its a joy to hear it, with its clear, precise notes, and it is particularly effective in conveying the emotions of the sadder or more reflective pieces. Perfect to complement a film which is in essence all about pastoralism and the innocence of childhood, but has a fairly sad ending.
The music shifts in tone from celtic folk to traditional japanese, and occassionaly lilting towards light pop with the main theme songs "Arrietty's song" and "Our House Below". Its also worth mentioning that this CD has three versions of "Arrietty's song" - Instrumental, French and Japanese.
The sleeve notes also say that the tracks (apart from one version of "Our House Below") on the CD are not the same as the ones used in the film, which is probably a good thing. Each of the tracks is a complete instrumental pieace or a song. There are only three songs which feature vocals, all the other tracks are instrumentals, and Cecil Corbel's voice is of course as beautiful as her harp playing.
Definitely one of the best CDs I have in my collection, and something I can listen to over and over again for hours on end. Quite relaxing, reflective, and pastoral.
Blending together Cobel's Bretonne influences, and traditonal Irish dance, this powerhouse score and the sublime yet incredibly lyrical songs are wonderfully combined here, to provide a very unique, and very un-Ghibli like soundtrack, that is far better than you might have expected.
If you've seen the film - and if not, why not? - then you will instantly recognise the Opening Titles song "Our House Below" and "The Neglected Garden" (Tracks 2 and 1 respectively on the album). Corbel's genteel vocals really bring the score to life, and along with the jawdroppingly sensual visuals of the movie, they provoke a longing to regress back to childhood times, when life was more innocent.
Simply put, this is as evocative a score as any I've heard in a long time. Don't be put off by the fact that Hisaishi isn't composing this time around. A score that will instantly transport you back to the first time you watched this lovely and heart-wrenching film! Simply gorgeous!
This really is a must have for any Cecile Corbel or Studio Ghibli.
Best Gibli soundtrack ever, and after checking out this french ladies other albums, She's amazing.
Only problem is the disk got scratched after being listened to every day for about 3 weeks so I need to buy another now - should have ripped it first.
Other than that, I love this soundtrack. It's phenomenal with a cup of tea and sounds of rain against your window -- it's magical, and it is certainly perfect for kids to enjoy. But, as a 19 year old; I love the soundtrack and it is great for my anxiety and depression. Would recommend.