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English Patient [Soundtrack]

Gabriel YaredAudio Cassette
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The English Patient
2. A Retreat
3. Rupert Bear
4. What Else Do You Love?
5. Why Picton?
6. Cheek to Cheek
7. Kip's Lights
8. Hana's Curse
9. I'll Always Go Back to That Churc
10. Black Nights
11. Swoon, I'll Catch You
12. Am I K. In Your Book?
13. Let Me Come In
14. Wang Wang Blues
15. Convento Di Sant'anna
16. Herodotus
17. Muzsikás-Szerelem, Szerelem
18. Ask Your Saint Who He's Killed
19. One O'Clock Jump
20. I'll Be Back
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning February 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being the biggest soundtrack fanatic out there (I own over 200 soundtracks on CD/Tape/Vinyl), it is saying a lot that I consider "The English Patient" my absolute favorite. I purchased it the day after I saw the film, November 31, 1996. Ever since then, I have listened to the soundtrack every single day (give or take a few days for Christmas). I even play it at work at a bookstore where I work, where several customers each day would come up and ask what I was playing. not only is the music dream-like and poetic, it's hauntingly sad and quite depressing. Perfect for times you're pensive or need to write. Highly highly recommended.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love... October 2, 2000
By EriKa
Format:Audio CD
I sat down (alone) in the cinema on Thanksgiving Day, 1996 to see this film, and from the very first moment, when the exotic (and familiar, for me) beginnings of "Szerelem, szerelem" ("Love, love") by Márta Sébestyen and Múzsikás played, I knew it would be a film I would love. Strange to base your opinion of a film on its opening moments of soundtrack, but having been a fan of Múzsikás for many years, I knew that any composer and compiler of a film soundtrack with the taste to select this Hungarian folk revival music was associated with something of subtlety and quality. I was not mistaken to put my faith in the hands of Gabriel Yared, whose scores have depth and convey a great deal about the film and its characters. Overall I have to say that this is one of the few PERFECT soundtracks I have ever heard. I listen to it again and again and never tire of it. You will too.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mosaic of compositions full of passion. December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
When director and writer Anthony Mighella invited Gabriel Yared to score The English Patient he was looking for a soundtrack that could follow the mosaic composition of his film, whose characters have different geographic and cultural roots. And he found it! The result is probably the most wonderful soundtrack of all times, a soundtrack full of passion that combines Hungarian sounds, blues, jazz and classic musics, not to mention the unforgettable score by Gabriel Yared for The English Patient, proving that in music, just as in memory, love lives forever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Heartbreaking! Wonderful! March 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Of all the numerous CDs and scores that I own, if were forced to give them all away except for one, this would be my choice to keep. Yared's score is absolutely the most beautiful score I have ever heard (a distant second might be "The Mission" or "Shawshank Redemption")! I own the movie as well, and sometimes play it while I'm doing homework simply to have a feel for how the score is interwoven amongst the film. But the score alone is what makes this movie. Aside from the mildly-annoying interuptions of the non-score tracks, I never EVER skip any of Yared's pieces--they're just too good to pass up! I could probably waste plenty of space describing how exquisite this score is, but I feel that the only way to understand my sentiments is to purchase Yared's "The English Patient." Trust me, you will feel blessed to listen to it and will never get rid of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I count "The English Patient" as one of my favorite soundtracks--and unlike some film critics, I found the music to work just as well on its own as it does within the confines of the movie. As a whole, the soundtrack picks up all the mood and atmosphere of the movie, but it works solo simply as rich and full-bodied music. Track 3, "Rupert Bear," is light and romantic, and Track 27, "As Far As Florence," picks up on the same musical themes as "Rupert Bear" but turns the number into a full romantic piece. I also loved the inclusion of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" on the soundtrack, which I think Hana plays on the piano at the monastery in the movie. A fun listen is Fred Astaire's "Cheek to Cheek." This is one of the most romantic, well-done soundtracks out there, deserving of the Oscar it received in 1996 for Best Soundtrack.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful soundtrack September 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you were captivated by The English Patient, you will not be disappointed with this soundtrack. Some of the vocal tracks by Ella F. and Fred A. are an interesting addition, but by no means should be a turn off.

The jewel case insert also contains a few photos from the movie's scenes, and an explanation of the soundtrack itself.

I was consumed(and still am) by the absolute beauty of this film, and the passion between Fiennes and Scott-Thomas. Just close your eyes, and this soundtrack will take you back to it all...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD you will never, ever, give up! March 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Not a wasted note, no filler at all, a score that becomes greater than the sum of its parts with each listening, evokes not only the film for us once more, but also all our own longing and unfullfilled cultural memory---our wish to have encompassed and experienced the times and places of the English Patient, even to the anguish of the cuckolded husband and the lanquid pallor of empire. You can not spend your money any more wisely than in the purchase of this soundtrack. I recommend that you buy it at once. Play it often and be elevated in the esteem of both peers and loved ones.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What an incredible piece of work--exquisite, sultry and very melodic...This is the best score I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. It swept me away to the movie's surreal world from the very first track. Every song is tastefully done/remastered and is a pleasure to listen to. This Gabriel Yared masterpiece will put anyone in a deep trance. *Highly* recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No regrets...
Beautiful, haunting music...exactly why I purchased it after loving it everytime I watched the movie which I now own also. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Janet Signore
4.0 out of 5 stars probably should see the movie first
I bought this on the basis of many favorable reviews. However, I've never seen the movie. Now I'm thinking that this soundtrack probably will be appreciated much more if you've... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sghunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful
At first I wasn't sure but now I can't not play it. I put it on as background music at work just charming, play it when I am relaxing, thoroughly recommend that you add it to your... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 movies.
I can watch this film over and over.
I love the scenes in the sand. The cast
is amazing. I probably watch it twice a year.
So enticing.
Published 5 months ago by Donna M Capriotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with c/d
I love this sound track at a great price and quick delivery! It is one of my favorite movies! This dealer is the best!
Published 8 months ago by James W. Carota
5.0 out of 5 stars The English Patient: Original Soundtrack CD
The soundtrack to this movie is beautiful. The music has been composed by Yared who had incorporated the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach in his score. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars For every fan of "The English Patient"
Anthony Minghella and Gabriel Yared composed wonderful music and variations for this extraordinary film. You will remember it and listen many times.
Published 11 months ago by LSB
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Loved the movie. The CD worn out faster than any I'd ever had. I don't know why since i'm the only one who used it.
Published 12 months ago by Patricia M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - A new favorite
The soundtrack is a gem in its combined simplicity and complexity. Yared uses a theme of Bach, a Hungarian love song, and the exotic setting of the film as inspiration for a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb soundtrack
I love the haunting Hungarian lullaby which is the reason I bought it after recently seeing the film again. I will enjoy listening to it on long drives through the redwoods.
Published 13 months ago by BestValue1951
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