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2046 [Import, Soundtrack]

Various - soundtrack Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00069JA6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 2046 Main Theme (With Percussion) (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
2. Siboney Instrumental
3. Sway (Performed By Dean Martin)
4. Christmas Song (Fast Version) (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
5. Julien Et Barbara
6. Siboney (Performed By Connie Francis)
7. Interlude I (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
8. Polonaise (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
9. Casta Diva From The Opera Norma
10. Perfidia
11. 2046 Main Theme (Rumba Version)
12. Lost (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
13. Dark Chariot
14. Sysiphos At Work
15. Decision From A Short Film About Killing (Composed By Zbigniew Preisner)
16. Long Journey (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
17. Adagio (Performed By Secret Garden)
18. Interlude Ii (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)
19. Christmas Song (Performed By Nat King Cole & The Nat King Cole Trio)
20. 2046 Main Theme (With Percussion-Train Remix) (Composed By Shigeru Umebayashi)

Editorial Reviews

Timely with the release of the long-overdue Wong Kar Wai movie 2046, its original soundtrack has 20 moody, heart-felt instrumental tracks from the movie starring the biggest Asian star names in the industry including Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Kimura Takuya, Zhang Ziyi, Maggie Cheung and Gong Li. The well composed, arranged and mixed tracks are the works of the highly respected Umebayashi Shigeru (who has secured music credits for his masterpieces in In The Mood For Love, House of the Flying Dagger and Zhou Yu's Train), London Symphony Orchestra and several other stylish musicians. The 2046 original soundtrack comes with a free, picture-perfect postcard. EMI. 2004.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous soundtrack September 13, 2005
By Dahlia
Format:Audio CD
Few soundtracks have impressed me these days, but 2046 has been a superb enjoyment. I haven't even seen the movie before I bought the soundtrack, but after visiting official websites, and heard bits of it playing in the background, I knew this was going to be no ordinary soundtrack for a chinese movie.

It's an entrancing soundtrack from start to finish with dark, dramatic orchestrals, a few catchy upbeat songs, and moody jazz.

There really isn't a track I don't like, but my personal favs are:

1. 2046 Main Theme (With Percussion)/(Rumba version) - One of the most entrancing opening track, simply amazing. The rumba version is also a really nice dance worthy track, pretty romantic with the violin.

2. Siboney and Siboney Instrumental - At first I got a bit annoyed with how loud Connie Francis sounded as she sang, but after a couple of listens, it definitely grows on you. The instrumental version is more upbeat and party like.

3. Sway - I never realized this song had many covers, but Dean Martin makes a fine rendition, pretty classic.

4. Julien et Barbara - Sad and melancholic, yet still retains a certain air of beauty.

5. Polonaise - Probably my favorite instrumental track on the album. Pretty waltzy without being annoying, there's just something about it that makes it seem magical.

6. Lost - Even more dramatic and sad than "Julien et Barbara", the clarinet really hits the emotional spot.

7. Dark Chariot - A simple waltzy piano tune, very pretty.

8. Sisyphos At Work - A jazz club-like song with great sax with a mix of strings, the song runs a bit long though.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and thematic July 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The main theme is very reminiscent of Michael Nyman's "Memorial" from the gastro-visual movie, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.

2046 is very typical of French-scored soundtracks. The added feature is Angela Gheorghiu's rendition of the bel canto classic (originally by Maria Callas) of Casta Diva, featured in Norma opera.

I found the remainder of the songs on this soundtrack evokative and emotional.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I HAD TO HAVE IT October 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I knew while I was watching this film that I had to have the soundtrack. What I didn't know was how difficult it would be to find it. I wrote to Sony Pictures, and to the music reviewer of the LA Times (which gave the soundtrack a rave review), but no one answered my emails as to where I could buy the soundtrack. I finally found it at Amazon MarketPlace and I was just thrilled. (It is, by the way, listed as an import. From China, I guess.) I love the music. It's all delightful. I want to say it is "hardy" and soft and surprising from track to track.

This is not the first time (by far) that I have tried, with no luck, to buy a soundtrack after having seen a movie... I wonder why this is? Film distributors and studios don't want to sell soundtracks? Ah well, I think they live in a world of their own anyway......
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those soundtrack albums that can comfortably stand on its own feet. A movie within an album, or an album within a movie, any way you choose to see it. The sound Shigeru Umebayashi evokes in "2046" and the selection of additional tracks to surround his fantastic score bring to mind the fine work Alberto Iglesias has done for many of Pedro Almodovar's movies. This is an album and a score composer (Umebayashi) to be reckoned with for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent, Well Done, Quality Recordings February 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I saw the movie and took a big chance and bought the CD of the music.

Wow just a wonderful soundtrack. The recordings are all terrificly done -- quality work. And amazing, these are all such complete songs, that you can listen to the entire album -- there are only 2 short 35 second songs that would only be found on a "soundtrack".

I highly recommend this album -- a gem -- buy it while it's still available!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack in a LONG time May 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A talented mixture of very ethereal, dramatic & nostalgic music. Great ballroom dance tunes. Some variations on classical & even a little Opera. Super mix. When you can sit & really listen, this is what you'll want to play. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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