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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
The score for this documentary is appropriately somber and pensive. A performance by Kronos Quartet is definitely a bonus.

However, none of the other reviewers have mentioned that this CD is simply one long 52-minute music track. Although the insert lists separate numbered tracks, it is not possible to skip through the various performances or set the CD to play on shuffle.

This seems a curious engineering decision and one that will keep me from listening to this recording as often as I might otherwise. Potential buyers should be alert to this feature in case it reduces the appeal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
I had the great privilege of receiving a DVD review copy of the forthcoming PBS American Experience special, "Death and the Civil War." For me, one of the real highlights of the special was the music, composed by Brian Keane . The music over the end credits - his original composition "Republic of Suffering" - is easily one of the most haunting and beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. So happy that the soundtrack to the program was also released. Bought it the first day it was available. Awesome...Highly Recommended. The DVD for the program will also be available soon. It is terrific.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
My grandmother lived during the Civil War and that personal interest drew me to buy the music and dvd of Death and the Civil War. I was more than rewarded. I cannot conceive of a more artful blending than that of Brian Keane's masterfully gentle music burnishing and infusing the whole of the work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Without a doubt, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust put the Civil War on the bestseller lists again. Published in 2008, Faust's work illuminated for many a new view of Ken Burns' Civil War 1990 series. Popular culture treats the American Civil War differently than scholars, buffs and reenactors treat the war. For popular culture the market place is a battlefield; products vie for mass attention and sales. Now during the 150th sesquicentennial of 1862, the public will likely take a glance at the Civil War. Ric Burns' Death and the Civil War will premiere on Tuesday September 18th on public broadcasting television. Based upon Faust's bestselling non-fiction work, Death and the Civil War is a sobering reminder that the Civil War was a landscape turned red by 750,000+ deaths in four years.

At 120 minutes, Burns' pace is deliberate and provocative. The opening segment is jarring. A few moments before his death, a Mississippi soldier begins writing a letter to his father. The man bleeds onto the paper has he haltingly reveals his last thoughts about his life, service, death and afterlife. Within this 12 minute preface viewers' hearts may begin to break. The images that Burns selects include photography from the era; within the images there are ghosts, individuals who moved during the 30 second to a minute and half exposure time. There are subtleties in the images and texts that may move past the causal viewer; such may be the estimate that of the 750,000+ deaths 50% were not identified by name.

The chapters are each about 15 minutes in length: Death, Burying, Naming, Honoring, Believing and Doubting, Accounting, and Remembering. Drew Gilpin Faust is the most frequently interviewed expert during the film; generally her remarks impart important facts but on one occasion it appears that she minimizes the 6,500+ deaths during the Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom campaigns. The individual being interviewed who is most likely to be remembered is Thomas Lynch, undertaker and poet. He remarks defines and gently elevates the bleak discussions that, at times, may approach melodrama. The narration by Oliver Platt and music compositions by Brian Keane are effective in conveying grief and hope. Is there an 'Ashoken Farewell' on the soundtrack. Yes, possibly two: A Thousand Thoughts [Tusen Tankar] and Republic of Suffering in acoustic and orchestral versions. Both the film and the soundtrack are immediately available after the Tuesday evening broadcast and they are worth every penny and much more. Ric Burns'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
Without a doubt, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust put the Civil War on the bestseller lists again. Published in 2008, Faust's work illuminated for many a new view of Ken Burns' Civil War 1990 series. Popular culture treats the American Civil War differently than scholars, buffs and reenactors treat the war. For popular culture the market place is a battlefield; products vie for mass attention and sales. Now during the 150th sesquicentennial of 1862, the public will likely take a glance at the Civil War. Ric Burns' Death and the Civil War will premiere on Tuesday September 18th on public broadcasting television. Based upon Faust's bestselling non-fiction work, Death and the Civil War is a sobering reminder that the Civil War was a landscape turned red by 750,000+ deaths in four years.

At 120 minutes, Burns' pace is deliberate and provocative. The opening segment is jarring. A few moments before his death, a Mississippi soldier begins writing a letter to his father. The man bleeds onto the paper has he haltingly reveals his last thoughts about his life, service, death and afterlife. Within this 12 minute preface viewers' hearts may begin to break. The images that Burns selects include photography from the era; within the images there are ghosts, individuals who moved during the 30 second to a minute and half exposure time. There are subtleties in the images and texts that may move past the causal viewer; such may be the estimate that of the 750,000+ deaths 50% were not identified by name.

The chapters are each about 15 minutes in length: Death, Burying, Naming, Honoring, Believing and Doubting, Accounting, and Remembering. Drew Gilpin Faust is the most frequently interviewed expert during the film; generally her remarks impart important facts but on one occasion it appears that she minimizes the 6,500+ deaths during the Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom campaigns. The individual being interviewed who is most likely to be remembered is Thomas Lynch, undertaker and poet. He remarks defines and gently elevates the bleak discussions that, at times, may approach melodrama. The narration by Oliver Platt and music compositions by Brian Keane are effective in conveying grief and hope. Is there an 'Ashoken Farewell' on the soundtrack. Yes, possibly two: A Thousand Thoughts [Tusen Tankar] and Republic of Suffering in acoustic and orchestral versions. Both the film and the soundtrack are immediately available after the Tuesday evening broadcast and they are worth every penny and much more. Ric Burns' Death And The Civil War is an exceptionally fine work in the field of television broadcasting and presentation of historic artifacts, photographs and sentiments.
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on June 19, 2014
Brian Keane's emotional movements capture the great sorrow that descended
upon all the people during the terrible War of Northern Aggression.
"Republic of Suffering" and "Memorial Day" will be on the music playlist during my own memorial service.
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on December 20, 2013
In march 2014 we are having a House of Mourning at Historic Lairdland Farm House, 3238 Blackburn Hollow Road, Cornersville, TN. The public is invited. We want it as authentic as possible
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Great music.Track listing shows 13 tracks.Its actually just one 52min 45sec track........really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That is just incompetent all the way around.Really piss poor.Now since I have the equiptment,I will have to put in the work of seperating the tracks myself.Thank you Valley Entertainment,Inc....idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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