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August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Mark MancinaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 21, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Panosonic
  • ASIN: B000V9KEA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title - Mark Mancina
2. Bach / Break - Steve Erdody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
3. Moondance - Featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers
4. This Time - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
5. Bari Improv - Kaki King
6. Ritual Dance - Kaki King
7. Raise It Up - Jamia Simone Nash and Impact Repertory Theater
8. Dueling Guitars - Heitor Pereira and Doug Smith
9. Elgar / Something Inside - Steve Erdody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
10. August's Rhapsody - Featuring Freddie Highmore - Mark Mancina
11. Someday - John Legend
12. King Of The Earth - John Ondrasik
13. God Bless The Child - Chris Botti and Paula Cole
14. La Bamba - Leon Thomas III
15. Moondance - Chris Botti

Editorial Reviews

Who knew Jonathan Rhys Meyers had such an aching, lovely croon? In August Rush, he supplies his own vocals in the role of an Irish indie-rock singer, and it's a testament to his skill that he doesn't embarrass himself on Van Morrison's "Moondance." (He's even better on Lucas Reynolds' "Something Inside.") This is fairly representative of this CD's flavor: thoughtful, adult but not bland--typically, you hear a lot of cello throughout. John Ondrasik, stepping out from his Five for Fighting persona, wrote new material, though the best song, "King of the Earth," is an unreleased one by his main project that boasts superb, elegant production by Bill Bottrell. Intriguingly, guitar virtuoso Kaki King is the hand double for Freddie Highmore, who plays the film's child prodigy. Her two instrumentals, "Bari Improv" and "Ritual Dance," are treats for lovers of inventive acoustic playing, who should also enjoy the self-explanatory "Dueling Guitars." John Legend sounds aching on "Someday," though the cover of "God Bless the Child," by Chris Botti and Paula Cole, feels a little lite. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

August Rush tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams), August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Film Stars Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrance Howard, and Mykelti Williamson.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the movie and immediately bought the soundtrack November 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
In a CD collection that's spanned more than 40 years of music and I've lost count of how many genres, movie soundtracks number less than 20. I generally don't care that much for enough of the movie to purchase the whole soundtrack. This is one case where I stepped out of the theatre in Acquisition Mode. I was going to actually pay more for the soundtrack at a local vendor if I could just have found it tonight--but I'm getting it cheaper through Amazon and I'm happy. Just great music including folks like John Legend, John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) and Kaki King on guitar. Very much worth the price--there are no duds on this soundtrack!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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. This was a delight to listen to and our whole family loves this CD. Most of the songs are favorites, from the main title featuring Marn Mancina, with spoken excerpts from the movie itself, a common practice for many movie soundtracks - and just fine by me - to the variations on the classic Moondance, one featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the other showcasing the talents of Chris Botti.

Even weakest pieces here are very listenable (is that a word?) In any case, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a revelation and John Legend's Someday has become a real staple on my CD player. You'll find Dueling Guitars to be a contrast to any earlier version you might have heard, an improvisation and interpretation which I found intriguing.

If I had to sum up the "feel" of this CD, I'd say it is a blend of jazz, pop and relatively easy listening music but it is NOT Muzak. Don't assume that. It goes nicely with a glass of red wine, roaring fire and a good book.

Artists featured include: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Steve Erdody, Kaki King, John Legend, Heitor Pereira and Doug Smith, Mark Mancina and Chris Botti, among others.

As always, I do suggest you listen to the music samples at Amazon or other sites before purchasing this, although they'll give you only a taste of the entire piece.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC IS MAGICAL, GREAT CD November 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After I saw the movie, I actually bought the CD off of the internet (paid to download the entire CD) because I didn't want to wait for the Soundtrack to be shipped to me. I have now listened to the the entire CD many times. THE MUSIC IS MAGICAL. Every song is extremely wonderful and filled with a lot of heart and soul.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Listen July 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
One of the first things I did after seeing 'August Rush' was run out to buy the soundtrack CD. It is, after all, a movie largely about music. While watching the film there were several points when I found myself swept up completely into what was happening on the screen, and I knew the music had a lot to do with that. And simply put, I was pretty much right.

Listening to the CD is very much like watching the movie. There are only two actual score tracks: Mark Mancina's 'Main Title' and 'August's Rhapsody', bookending the film with the music from the beginning and the end of the story.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who plays Louis in the movie, sings several modern songs that were featured in the film, including his version of 'Moondance' and 'This Time,' the song played at several points as the story progressed. "Bach/Break" and "Something Inside" are a mixture of symphonic and modern music, in which two musical viewpoints come together, also featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers' vocals as well as Steve Erdody's cello.

'Raise It Up' is a song August hears as he enters a church, featuring Jamia Simone (who also sings a little on 'August's Rhapsody'), an inspirational gospel number for the big city.

'Dueling Guitars,' showcasing guitar performances by Hector Pereira and Doug Smith, is what we hear in the scene when August and Louis play together for the first time, a touching blend of musical style that struggles to find harmony at first, and blends perfectly in the end.

And perhaps the biggest reason I bought the CD are Kaki King's tracks, 'Bari Improv' and 'Ritual Dance.' These are the songs we hear when August is first learning to play, strange and beautiful pieces in which the guitar is as much a percussion instrument as a strumming one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rush of emotion November 25, 2007
By K. Todd
Format:Audio CD
The critics haven't recieved August Rush very well, but the fact of the matter is that the one's that haven't have limited themselves. They complain of to little plot or underdeveloped characters. This is TRUE, and also what MAKES THE MOVIE. August Rush is quite simply, a feeling. It's the feeling of connection and a greater power. It's a feeling that there's something out there working to connect all of us. August feels it through music. If the plot got weighty or complicated or the charcters became a focus point then this feeling couldn't have been conveyed. The soundtrack works on many levels as well. It integrates classical, rock, and almost every other musical style together in a way that connects music as a whole, reflecting the movie's intentions.

August Rush is a must see. The soundtrack is a must have. Go get caught up in it's beauty.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Really A One-Star Review July 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I give this music five stars, actually, but put one star on it to help people find what's missing.

The incidental music, theme songs, and other compositions for the movie by Mancina are not on this album, and cannot be found by searching "August Rush (Orchestral Soundtrack)." Even searching "August Rush (OST)" just takes you to an MP3 album, not the CD. To find a CD of the music which is NOT included on this album, you have to jump through the following hoops.

Amazon, for some goofy reason, has chosen not to link the MP3 version of the orchestral Mancina music to the CD version, which you can find only by searching "August Rush (OST)" - don't spell it out! That won't get you where you want to go. This will: August Rush (OST) or this with different cover art August Rush (OST) but at $52 for the import, you'll probably want to go with an alternative seller (still via Amazon).

Also, don't trust eBay. Sellers use the wrong name, and even if you think you are getting "August Rush (OST)" you'll wind up with the regular soundtrack of the vocal numbers sold here: August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture .
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Bach / Break track
You might just have to rip it to mp3 from the DVD, the movie version isn't available anywhere as far as I know.
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