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The Grandmaster (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B00DPM2F1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Theme I - Opening (Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly)
2. Main Theme II - Dreaming of the 64 Hands (Shigeru Umebayashi)
3. Love Theme I (Shigeru Umebayashi)
4. Love Theme II (Shigeru Umebayashi)
5. Beijing Opera - Si Lang Tan Mu (Traditional)
6. The Gold Pavilion (Shigeru Umebayashi)
7. Manchuria Express (Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly)

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1. Main Theme I - Opening (Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly)
2. Main Theme II - Dreaming of the 64 Hands (Shigeru Umebayashi)
3. Love Theme I (Shigeru Umebayashi)
4. Love Theme II (Shigeru Umebayashi)
5. Beijing Opera - Si Lang Tan Mu (Traditional)
6. The Gold Pavilion (Shigeru Umebayashi)
7. Manchuria Express (Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly)
8. Action 150 (Vichaya Vatanasapt, Traithep Wongpaiboon & Nathaniel
Mechaly)
9. Sorekara Epilogue I - Kokuhaku (Shigeru Umebayashi)
10. Moyou (from the film Sorekara) (Shigeru Umebayashi)
11. Opium (Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly)
12. Casta Diva (from the opera Norma) (Vinenzo Bellini)
13. Main Theme IV - The Sacrifice (Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel
Mechaly)
14. La Donna Romantica (Ennio Morricone)
15. Once Upon a Time in America: Deborah's Theme (Ennio
Morricone)
16. Manchurian Bolero (Nathaniel Mechaly & Shigeru Umebayashi)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grandmaster - Original Soundtrack October 3, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
The music for "The Grandmaster" is outstanding and it fulfills both aspects necessary for a great soundtrack: (1) the music conveys the themes/tone in the context of the movie; and (2) the music is also pleasant and rewarding to listen to on its own. This is one of my favorite soundtracks of 2013.

The movie has a lot of new music, but it also re-purposes older tracks from other sources (including some memorable work from Ennio Morricone). It's hard for me to pick favorites, because I enjoy each and every track... but below I've listed the ones that I'm replaying most often on my iPod.

FAVORITE TRACKS:
[1] Main Theme I - Opening
[3] Love Theme II
[6] The Gold Pavilion
[13] Main Theme IV - The Sacrifice
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Shigeru Umebayashi is a very notable Japanese composer whose body of work includes films like House Of Flying Daggers, Curse Of The Golden Flower and Jet Li's Fearless. Nathaniel Méchaly is a notable French composer whose work includes Taken, Colombiana, and Revolver. The unlikely duo teams with director Wong Kar-wai for this martial arts drama based on the life story of the iconic Ip Man. This album is a combination of the two composer's work. Umebayashi composed the Chinese version while Méchaly composed the international version. This is a practice I am whole-heartedly against, but in this instance it seems like both composers were on the same page, or at least Méchaly was respectful to Umebayashi's work. The score is a wonderfully melodic and thematic journey with lush strings, a deep emotional undercurrent and a smallness that allows it to strive in its simplistic beauty.

The album presents us with the themes up front, and they are indeed some beautiful themes. We have a "Main Theme" and a "Love Theme" with two versions of each. The two themes don't differ much in tone, but their context differs greatly. The music carries a sense of elegance and grace to it. There are a few action tracks within the score as well and they are characterized mostly by percussion, which is pretty standard I feel for martial arts sequences. It is unique to have Shigeru Umebayashi who is Japanese scoring a film for a Chinese director about a Chinese martial arts legend. I think the cultural blending is a great thing. The album also contains some music from other films including some from Ennio Morricone. Don't worry, the source choices do not take you out of the story at all and in fact work very well. The grand picture the album paints is effective in its storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not delayed and New as represented May 16, 2014
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Came new and without scratches as represented. Music quality is up to standard. No excessive packaging. Worthy the price it is for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orchestra and Opera with Chinese composition January 28, 2014
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I like things Chinese, symphony orchestra, and opera. This soundtrack combines all three. I've seen the movie and really enjoyed it so this has some nice images to remember while listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! October 30, 2013
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Perfect sound, perfect arrangement and still too short, hope will issue full version later on. It is worth to keep one copy especially this is limited edsion.
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