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Beautiful Mind [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: James Horner
  • Audio CD (December 11, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005TPFV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Kaleidoscope Of Mathematics
2. Playing A Game Of 'Go!'
3. Looking For The Next Great Idea
4. Creating 'Governing Dynamics'
5. Cracking The Russian Codes
6. Nash Descends Into Parcher's World
7. First Drop Off. First Kiss
8. The Car Chase
9. Alicia Discovers Nash's Dark World
10. Real Or Imagined?
11. Of One Heart, Of One Mind
12. Saying Goodbye To Those You So Love
13. Teaching Mathematics Again
14. Prize of One's Life... The Prize of One's Mind
15. All Love Can Be - Charlotte Church
16. Closing Credits

Editorial Reviews

This Ron Howard film parlays the troubled story of Nobel laureate John Forbes Nash Jr., a gifted Princeton mathematics professor tormented for decades by paranoid schizophrenia, into something considerably richer than typical Hollywood triumph-against-all-odds fare. Howard has teamed here again with frequent collaborator James Horner, and it's the composer who deftly shades the film's difficult emotional landscape and helps impart a compelling humanity. Horner's first task is not inconsiderable: musically portraying the arcane realm of mathematical theorems that are the story's backdrop. In doing so, the composer leans heavily on modern minimalist technique, bright flourishes that recur briefly throughout an orchestral score that increasingly reflects Nash's bleak inner landscape in its quietly somber and brooding tones. And while Horner has frequently been accused of excessively repeating himself in his scores, the neo-minimalist gambit employed on this reflectively pastoral, postmodernist soundscape neatly nips such criticism in the bud. Nash's triumph is ultimately an intensely personal one, well reflected in Welsh soprano Charlotte Church's lilting performance of the Horner/Will Jennings ballad "All Love Can Be." This enhanced CD also features notes by the director and composer, as well as exclusive photos and the film's trailer. --Jerry McCulley

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking January 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
'A Beautiful Mind' is one of the most heartwrenching, deeply emotional and moving films that I have ever seen. To fit a film such as this, the music had to enhance and create emotions, set the mood, ultimately fine-tune the film. James Horner does just that with this deeply stirring and emotional score. 'A Beautiful Mind's' score is most defintely one of Horner's finest. Well known for his composing in films such as Academy Award Winner 'Titanic', 'Braveheart', 'Apollo 13', 'Aliens', 'The Rocketeer', 'Field of Dreams', and many more.
James Horner incorporates an exquisite blend of vocals (provided by the lovely soprano, Charlotte Church) into his music. It's simply stunning to listen too. During 'A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics', the music reaches such a high level of emotion, you are stunned and deeply moved. Themes from 'A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics' are continuously used throughout the other pieces and seamlessly blended together with other themes. Another strong theme emerges in 'The Car Chase', one of my personal favorites in this score. Below I have given my brief opinion on a few of the most memorable pieces, tough I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
~A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics~ Unforgettable and deeply moving, my favorite piece, I loved Charlottle Church's vocals. Stunning.
~Creating "Governing Dynamics"~ Resuses themes from 'A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics'. Lovely.
~Cracking the Russian codes~ More beautiful vocals from Charlottle Church.
~Nash Descends into Parcher's World~ Dark and powerful piece.
~First Drop-Off, First Kiss~ Beautiful, gentle, and inspiring.
~The Car Chase~ Excellent themes here. Intense, keeps you on your toes.
~All Love Can Be~ An intoxicating and stunningly beautiful song by Charlotte Chruch.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Soundtrack! December 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
James Horner has done it again! But depending on what you think of him, that is either good or bad. For those who love Horner's soft, sensitive, and introspective scores, and don't mind the similarities between this and other Horner scores, this is a great soundtrack! But for those who despise the Horner "Self Rip-Offs", then this scoundtrack will probably incense you like none has before. Horner has taken three great scores, "Sneakers", "Searching for Bobby Fischer", and especially "Bicentennial Man", used highlights of them and added some new variations, and come up with "A Beautiful Mind". This will be fairly noticable to anybody familiar with those scores mentioned.

Now is this a soundtrack that you will want to buy? I would say that unless you are one of those who really cannot stand Horner scores that "re-use" a lot of material from other scores of his, then you will probably find this cd very beautiful and moving. I personally have anticipated this score ever since I heard Horner was going to compose thise movie. Just from the title, I knew that it would be another opportunity for Horner to do what he does best, compose heartfelt and introspective scores, that are as much felt as they are heard. Horner has mastered that genre, and pretty much monopolized it, as no other composer can even come close to doing.
"Bicentennial Man", was an amazingly deep and moving score, covering many emotions, mostly happy and a few sad. "A Beautiful Mind" is another such score, although this time around, Horner delves into another type of emotion, that of dark and confusing uncertainty.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, good picture, good musical score March 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
They took some liberties with the story the drama was well done and apparently was satisfactory to the Nash's. At first I was infuriated because the scenes with the CIA agent seemed so real that you thought Howard was suggesting that some of Nash's illusions were real. But far into the story you learn that the best friend character and the CIA agent are imaginary.
Very good actimg by Russell Crowe. This is enjoyable even for those who don't have an interest in mathematics. I took my children (10 and 12) and they enjoyed it also with the help of some adult explanations. The music was excellent also.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously orchestrated, deeply felt May 9, 2002
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First off, I'd recommend seeing the movie before you get the soundtrack. It's not a necessity, but it helps you understand the music a bit better, and on some tracks (especially ones like Cracking the Russian Codes) are a lot more fun to listen to when you know what's going on in the movie.
I don't want to gush, but I'd have to say this is some of the most beautiful and deeply felt soundtrack/orchestral music I have heard in many years, and has taken its place among my favorite discs. Horner has a rare gift: Not only can he write heart-wrenchingly beautiful melodies, he can simultaneously say volumes with orchestration, and he weaves the two together with a skill that seems unreal for his relatively young age.
For those new to Horner, he works almost entirely in the orchestral realm, although he is not above using guitars and drumsets. However, his music doesn't sound "classical" -- his rhythms and melodies are decidedly modern. This disc is a little more mellow than some of his other works (the Perfect Storm soundtrack, for instance), and for good reason -- the film is quietly emotional, and Horner's score goes well with it.
The main theme is simple (I'm a pianist and I worked out a rough transcription -- just a few chords) but hauntingly beautiful and sorrowful. The Amazon reviewer claims that Horner doesn't repeat himself too much on this CD, but I must admit that, as beautiful as the melody is, it's used quite a bit. Be prepared. I didn't get sick of it, but you might.
Other nits: I also thought that the lyrics on the theme song were a bit too contrived -- it seems painfully obvious that they were written as an afterthought to the music, which would be a disaster if the music weren't from Horner and the singer wasn't Charlotte Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music recycled, but still brilliant
One of the best soundtracks I know, and I know many!
It is a simple fact that it has a lot of similarities with other scores written by Horner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CDijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful score
I would recommend this to all lovers of music. James Horner's work speaks for itself, this just happens to be one of my favorites by him.
Published 2 months ago by Greta S.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
If you're a Horner fan, add this to your collection. I like that Charlotte Church lent her voice to this as well.
Published 4 months ago by crud
4.0 out of 5 stars Music!
The music for the movie is just beautiful, orchestral peices are like listening to a piece of heaven. I just love it.
Published 5 months ago by AnnaRuth wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music by James Horner...yet again!
The music, by James Horner, is as usual hauntingly beautiful. No words but for one song and that is beautiful enough to be welcomed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scarpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful CD!
Being a big fan of James Horner's movie scores, I just love listening to this CD. The movie is wonderful and the music makes it even more so!
Published 18 months ago by Carolyn L. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Incredible soundtrack to an incredible movie. One of the few soundtracks out there that holds it's listening value away from the movie.
Published 23 months ago by moviefiend
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Film Scoring Composition
I know that some critics have named James Horner's greatest triumph in film scoring was when he created the score for James Cameron's Titanic and then won the Oscar. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by nclsta
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful soundtrack for a beautiful film
James Horner has created one of his best soundtracks with A Beautiful Mind. It is haunting, melodic, and, if you have seen the film, strangely renascent of math and mental anguish. Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by Mike Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Score
Loved the score more than the movie. Haunting, energetic, and evocative, this work by James Horner surely is a masterwork.
Published on January 11, 2010 by S. Boe
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About the beautiful mind soundtrack
The other one that says (SCORE) (SI) is the SACD (Super Audio CD) version. You will need equipment to playback the SACD layer, but I do believe you can play it back in a normal CD player as well.
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