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Black Swan Soundtrack
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In Aronofsky's hands, the world of professional ballet never seemed more brutal. Little girls the world over dream of donning a tutu and becoming a ballerina princess, but the reality is much more demanding: backbiting understudies who would see you broken to get your part, endless hours of grueling routines, and feet which bleed from being en pointe for hours on end are par for the course for these perfectionists, so it's no wonder they start to go a little crazy.Read more ›
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The soundtrack is simply beautiful. Portions of Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" are heard throughout the score, and it serves the music well. Clint Mansell does not disappoint. Happiness, sadness, madness...can it get any better than this? BUY the soundtrack. My personal favourite track is "Night Of Terror," but every track is worth it. Like the swan at the end of "The Ugly Duckling," the resulting musical transformation is beautiful, spreading her wings and flying into the sunset. You'll enjoy it all, even if you haven't seen the movie.
For Black Swan don't expect something similar to Mansell's previous scores. With Black Swan Mansell had to step back and take himself out of the score slightly to adopt the music of Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake was a huge part of the story (for obvious reasons) and Tchaikovsky's masterful music to that ballet had to be part of it. So what Mansell has done is infused Swan Lake into his score. I guess you can look at it by saying the "Black" in the score is Mansell and the "Swan" is Tchaikovsky. There are lots of dark undertones that have Mansell stamped all over them, but he never shies away from letting the spirit of Swan Lake take over.
The score becomes a ballet in itself if you are familiar with Mansell's style. He dances around the iconic music with his own styling and tries to bring a fresh modern approach to it while still retaining all that makes it so special. The score is delicate but always has a brooding undertone that suggests something is growing. It all lends itself to the story and to the character of Nina.
I do understand the importance of utilizing Swan Lake in this score and how it needed to take up the space that it did, but somehow while listening I was wishing for more Mansell.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the music in the movie, so I decided to purchase the CD and I simply love it.Published 3 months ago by Sandra M.
When I first saw the movie "Black Swan" for the first time, the score stood out at me because it was hauntingly beautiful if not mysterious in spots. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by Film Score fan
The album is beautifully written, some of the great pieces from the movie are in it and they sound amazing, sound quality is also superb.Published on May 10, 2012 by WW9035
The music is of course what you heard in the movie of - but my recollection was a lot more 'original' Swan Lake and not as many original compositions. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by JP
I received the CD in good shape in a very timely manner. There is some skipping on Track 4, but I can deal with that. The soundtrack is truly amazing.Published on December 28, 2011 by J. Johnson
Black Swan is one of my absolute favorite movies and I don't know why I waited so long to purchase the soundtrack. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by StarGazer
Just love the movie rented first then i wanted to buy it and was very very please with my order thank you amazonPublished on August 10, 2011 by Mary J. Priore