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Bad Education Soundtrack

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Informed by a vintage Hollywood production sheen and flashback-fueled, identity-questioning melodramatics worthy of Hitchcock, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's sexually-charged film was quickly hailed as a mature masterpiece. The film's classic Hollywood conceits are deep-rooted, and Iberian composer Alberto Iglesias reinforces the film's often retro mood via a brooding, classically oriented score with an ear towards history. It may briefly excerpt Rossini's "Kyrie" to haunting effect, but the touchstone here is the Bernard Herrmann of Hitchcock's prime, with an emphasis on their epochal Vertigo and especially the tense, dark strings of Psycho (which "Escena Familiar" and "Cine Olimpo" echo with haunting grace). But while Iglesias capably evokes the color and spirit of those iconic touchstones, he crucially does it without sacrificing his own identity. Evocations of Spanish culture come mostly via vintage performances of "Quiza, Quiza, Quiza," "Cuoro Matta" and others, but on the expansive "Puerta Finale" the composer skillfully interweaves his Herrmann influences with touches of mournful jazz, flamenco and "Kyrie"'s choral echoes, creating a compelling, oft chilling post-modern new whole. -- Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Titulos de Cabecera
  2. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas)
  3. Cine Olimpo
  4. Kyrie
  5. Viaje A Galicia
  6. Noche Oscura
  7. Cuore Matto
  8. Plegaria Atendida
  9. Por Mi Grandisima Culpa
  10. Los Cocodrilos Hambrientos
  11. Carta Del Mas Alla (Hommage a Elgar)
  12. La Piscina
  13. Escena Familiar
  14. Foulard de Seda
  15. Noir
  16. Juan y El Sr. Berenguer
  17. El Cine Como Espejo
  18. Saxo + Cuarteto
  19. Puerta Final
  20. Exotica
  21. Maniqui Parisien
  22. Plato
  23. Adagietto
  24. Moon River (for the film Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  25. Valsetto
  26. Torna a Surriento, for voice & piano (or orchestra)

Product Details

  • Performer: Alberto Iglesias
  • Audio CD (November 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006A9GNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mario A. San Juan on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Starving Crocodiles

Almodovar's latest movie is undoubtedly his best, and a very inventive film-noir that absorbs and electrifies you from the very beginning. Alberto Iglesias' score serves "as a cradle where the movie rests" as the auteur himself said.

La Mala Educacion (Bad Education) is one of -if not- the best soundtrack composed this year, and its style is absolutely magnificent. Following the film-noir trend, Iglesias' score is a mixture of tunes a la Herrman ("Juan y el Sr. Berenguer", "Por mi grandisima culpa", "Escena Familiar"), poignant waltzes ("Foulard en seda", "La Carta", "Valsetto"), and vocalized cues that reflect the theme of the movie, and illustrate it fittingly ("Kyrie", "La piscina", "El cine como espejo"). "Cine Olympo", an exquisite theme for the movie-within-the-movie manifests itself disguisedly many times, in variations, as Iglesias' has done in previous scores where a parallel story is narrated - The Flower of my Secret, Live Flesh, Talk to Her, and All About my Mother- however the best track in the score is the "Overture". Other superb tracks are "Carta del mas alla", "Plato", and "Adagietto"... melodies that crave lust, but "Puerta Final" -the MAIN theme- is absolutely grand; probably the best potpourri of songs written in the last decade, that will grab you by the horns from the moment it opens to the last saxophone refrain, in an orgasm of eight minutes that you will want to experience over and over again.

The soundtrack also consists of key songs that in one way or another relate to the main characters and the story: "Maniqui Parisien", "Cuore Matto", "Moon River" (a very avant-garde arrangement), and "Jardinero".

Alberto Iglesias has composed a score so dark, rich, hunting, powerful, and mysterious... that proves to be irresistible.

Experience the Bad Education!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Carranza C on July 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Este trabajo del compositor de cine Alberto Iglesias para la película "La Mala Educación" del cineasta español Pedro Almodovar es realmente interesante. La película, cuyo motivo es una relación complicada de varios personajes en un mundo envuelto en la homoxesualidad, es motivo para intercalar música original excelentemente escrita para las cuerdas que nos trae a reminiscencia motivos oscuros del otrora compositor Bernard Herrmann hasta inclusiones de temas populares cantados por la gran Sara Montiel y el cantante Little Boy. Tambien podemos apreciar dos versiones muy hermosas del niño tiple Pedro José Sanchez Martinez, dueño de una voz realmente bellísima.
Música seleccionada inteligentemente para este crudo film.
Alberto Iglesia es realmente uno de los mejores exponentes de la música para el sétimo arte en España.
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By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just as promised.

I love strawberry jam. I wish I had more strawberry jam. I would bathe in it.
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