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Hugo Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Howe Records
  • ASIN: B005QW1FKG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To coincide with the 2nd December UK cinematic release of HUGO, Martin Scorsese's christmas blockbuster, Harmonia Mundi is proud to announce the signing of the Howe Records label, devoted to the soundtracks of cinema composer par excellence Howard Shore. Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore's Original Score for HUGO marks his 5th collaboration with acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. HUGO, based on Brian Selznick's award-winning children's book, tells the story of an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station and is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Hugo Cabret is an inventive boy with the ability to change people for the better. But in order to change himself and find a place he calls home, he must first solve this decades-old mystery. Shore's sweeping orchestral score transports the listener to 1930's Paris, to jazzy cafes, and is as multi-dimensional as the picture. The film's cast includes Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Frances De La Tour, and Asa Butterfield as Hugo.

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Howard Shore is best known for his scores for the Lord of the Rings films, and I believe these are some of the finest ever written in the film score genre. Hugo shows off a very different side for Shore - 1930s Paris rather than Middle Earth. This is a style which he seems very comfortable with, and the orchestrations are good, but I cannot help but feel this album will appeal to a fairly niche listener. The album consists largely of accordion performances with additional orchestral arrangements, particularly from the string section and piano.

There are several different themes, although I have to confess I didn't find any of them particularly catchy or memorable. The quality of the orchestrations and arrangements of the music is easily 5*s though. I should confess that I am not a massive fan of the accordion, and although it is by no means present throughout the whole duration of the album, it is more common than not. The music never sounds or feels particularly heavy - I would call it whimsical but that would be a disservice.

I particularly liked track 14 "Trains", which had slightly less influence from the French instrumentation allowing the rest of the orchestra to shine - there is some great string writing during the end of the opening half, and the more uptempo second portion made a welcome change of pace. It is difficult to do a track by track analysis, because often there would be some orchestral gems (minus the accordion) interspersed in the majority of the tracks but they are rarely long enough to deserve specific mention.

The running time is just under the 70 minute mark and this is fairly good value for money.
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Achieving what expected from good film music but not going beyond this. Recreating the atmosphere of Paris and the epoque of the movie. Nothing specific to remember.
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If you liked the film then the sound track is a must have
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a very enjoyable CD .
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