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Coriolanus [Soundtrack]

Ilan EshkeriAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0078463LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two CD set. Original soundtrack to the 2012 motion picture composed by Ilan Eshkan. Eshkeri's dramatic score will be presented on one disc and will be mixed with dialogue highlights from Shakespeare's play on the second. Caius Martius Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General, is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus's anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique! March 11, 2014
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Ilan Eshkeri has composed a rather unique soundtrack that fits the tone of the movie perfectly. The music is powerful and rather jolting at times as it captures the military elements that dominate and define the movie. He uses string, drum, wind and electronic instruments to great affect by allowing each to dominate at various stages and capture the strong emotions of retribution and revenge that beset Coriolanus.

Disc 2 combines the music with dialogue and allows one to revisit the movie in one's imagination when just listening to the album. Overall, this album is very different to many other soundtracks that I own and I value it for this reason and also for its ability to facilitate the appeal of a Shakespearean play that's brought to the big screen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Great Motif Stretched Way Too Long May 8, 2012
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The adaptation of Shakespeare to film can be a tragedy unto itself. Kenneth Branagh proved it to be possible, but you had to take your time and treat the source material with respect. Julie Taymor's The Tempest was another rather successful attempt as her visual style added something. Elliot Goldenthal also worked out a masterful way of how score should appear in a Shakespeare adaptation. In reality music has no place in Shakespeare. The dialogue is what is taking center stage and the music cannot trip up over the words, but the music needs to find a way to add something. Ilan Eshkeri is a talented composer, but for Coriolanus I couldn't help but find his score to be a one-note stretch.

The score doesn't have many sides to it. It's a cello constantly being played with pots and pans banging in the background. If I'm speaking honestly to what the music speaks to me then that is it. The score didn't absorb me into a world, nor did it tell a story and I felt no emotion or atmosphere. In the overall listen it was more of an experimentation in sound design or a really great motif that got stretched way too long. That opening track is great; awesome motif. I get the chaos and bluntness of it. But after 40-minutes of it I found it irritating. He does break it up with some less percussive tracks, but they don't add much. Is this score a product of music taking the backseat to Shakespeare's dialogue? Well, a second disc is included that has the score with excerpts of dialogue and score. However it's not always score under dialogue so I don't see the point of including it. You can be the judge if it works or not.

For me the score didn't speak with me. Then again you may love it so check it out.
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