Havana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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Dave is at his lyrical best here, with a gorgeous main theme that has amazing motivic development. Film composers are notoriously rushed into completing their music - it's at the end of production and everyone wants the film out. The word on this score is that Sydney Pollack, out of respect for Dave, gave him a more reasonable amount of time to complete this beautiful work. Another reviewer in these pages has noted some similarities in thematic material from cue to cue, but this is not a flaw in Grusin's composing, but is the nature of film music. One introduces a theme and then varies and re-uses it throughout the film - it helps to conjure up feelings of nostalgia and provides effective emotional subtext. It's best to listen to film music compilations like a musician would - with close attention to the subtle variations on a few themes. I notice a little Michel Legrand influence here and there.
An absolutely magnificent piece of scoring from one of the industry's best...
I have to find a nice CD of this Grusin work.
These two are similar in some ways. Wonderful playing by Arturo Sandaval and very moody and true to Cuban sensibilities.
I would and have recommended this soundtrack to many others.
Fabulous Latin mood.
Above the average all the way: You won't believe it.
The one song that sticks out the most is "Hurricane Country". The muted trumpet; the wordless vocals by Dori Caymmi; the beautiful and haunting string arrangements-it is the most original, unique song that I've ever heard. Simply incredible.
As for the movie, I've never seen CasaBlanca so I can't say that it's better or worse. I'll say that it's a decent film and a nice quiet way to spend time with that special someone.
This CD is worth its penny in gold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The compositions, musicianship and production are outstanding on this CD. I bought it as a gift for a dear friend and he loved it too!!! Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Lorelei McBroom
This soundtrack is spectacular! It has slow and fast tracks, Latin music and smooth jazz of various styles.......... Buy it!Published on July 5, 2013 by Debra J. Flores
I loved the movie, and ordered the soundtrack thinking it would have the same music as the movie. Boy, am I disappointed! Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Herbert J. Bailey
simply great movie score...one of the best ever. Keep it in my car and play often, never get tired of it. Movie itself not so great, but music lifts it up.Published on April 27, 2013 by Stonecutter0602
The Havana soundtrack is good relaxing music to which to listen after a hard day's work. One can just sit back and read quietly while listening to these songs.Published on August 24, 2011 by lidz