A Single Man Soundtrack
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Korzeniowski's score is best described as a combination of the string-based classicism of Michael Nyman and the minimalism of Philip Glass, albeit with much more beautiful themes and a warmer, more inviting tone than either men usually produce. By far the most notable piece is the lush and opulent second cue, "Drowning", which opens with a mesmerizing harp glissando, before launching into a glorious waltz theme, full of rich harmonies, dancing violins, and velvety cello chords that are simply magnificent. Later, cues such as the graceful "The Stillness of Mind", "Snow", "Daydreams", the joyous "Swimming", the unbearably poignant "And Just Like That", the expressive "Sunset", and the stark, rhythmic "Clock Tick" feature some truly wonderful string writing, often prominently featuring gorgeous cellos, and are based around repeated motivic cells of recurring material, over which the main solo instrumental melody is laid. It's an enticing, thoroughly engrossing sound, which is technically minimalist, but reaches far beyond the staid sterility that some minimalist pieces can have.Read more ›
The personality of George, so very shattered by the news that opens the film, is captured by the beauty of Abel Korzeniowski: he understands when to use silences, when to meld the aqueous memories of swimming underwater with the solitary moments of this stoic man who have just been notified that his partner of 16 years has been killed. He turns to his own music (Miriam Gauci singing the beautiful aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" from Catalani's opera LA WALLY - a song about leaving home for the last time - just the right aria for a man who is planning his suicide), and as his mind remembers the beautiful times with his love Jim the music becomes impossibly beautiful - a mixture of full orchestra with interludes of piano alone.
The story, being set in the 1960s, also makes use of old standards form Jo Stafford ('Blue Moon'), Etta James ('Stormy Weather') and the fun of George dancing the twist with Charley (Charlotte) to the tune of 'Green Onions' by Booker T. and the MGs. In addition to the subtleties of Korzeniowski's score, there are moments with the brief but eloquent music of Shigeru Umebayashi is introduced as contrast. Overall the mixing and the musical foundation fits the magic of this superb film and offers the sound forum for the acting gifts of Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, and Nicholas Hoult. A fine CD all by itself - for memory's sake. Grady Harp, August 10
I can not wait to see the film!!! If the film is as good as the soundtrack, it will be a winner!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you were moved by this film, after listening to the soundtrack, you will wonder if the soundtrack wasn't responsible for it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Daniel Gamboa
One of the best classic music you could ever hear....very deep..touching and amazing moviePublished 16 months ago by Fadi Najjar
The "script/story + editing + acting " combined made it movie everyone would enjoy - way beyond the fact that it's about a homosexual couple.Published 20 months ago by Edgard De Figueiredo Schmidt
The soundtrack is beautiful and haunting. Although most of the songs are short, but I thing these songs fit the different scenes in the movie, The string instruments were... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
My wife and I were watching the movie one night and loved the music played throughout . We ordered the CD and continue to play those wonderful songs. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bill Pyatt
The film has become one of my favorites and I had to have the soundtrack. This music is haunting and poignant and touches me each time.Published on January 5, 2014 by Laurie Gold