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Henry V: Original Soundtrack Recording (1989 Film) Soundtrack


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Composer Patrick Doyle's first film score accompanied Kenneth Branagh's first movie as director. For both, Henry V (1989) is a triumph. Branagh's vision of the play is a far darker, more realistic depiction than the morale-boosting patriotism of Laurence Olivier's 1945 classic. Doyle's score had to follow in the footsteps of William Walton, but undaunted, the first-timer rose to the challenge magnificently. Briefed by the director to follow "Shakespeare's golden words" and be "as bold as possible," Doyle produced music of epic scope, lyrical passion, and descriptive imagination. The score has a real flavor of opera--a trait that would become familiar in all of this composer's later work--as Doyle underscores the great speeches (notably the St Crispin's Day speech) with a tangible sense of drama, but one that is always sensitive to the nuances of the words. Set-pieces such as the death of Falstaff and the visceral Battle of Agincourt stand out, but the entire score feels operatically through-composed, unified by Doyle's strong instinct for melody. The melodramatic climax of his "Non nobis, Domine" (that's the composer singing at the beginning) unashamedly rivals "Land of Hope and Glory" for--as Branagh puts it--"hummability." Quite how they coaxed Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO into the studio remains a mystery, but the result is one of the best performed, most orchestrally luxurious soundtracks ever recorded. Patrick Doyle's later scores may be more refined (try Hamlet, for example), but none quite match the sheer exuberance of this debut. --Mark Walker, Amazon.co.uk

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Product Details

  • Performer: The Stephen Hill Singers
  • Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Patrick Doyle
  • Audio CD (May 8, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002RRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Doyle have collaborated on together on several films, but they have yet to outdo Henry V their first collaboration. The movie itself is exceptional, and Patrick Doyle's score is fantastic. He captures the dark essence of the movie along with the medieval feel to the film perfectly in his music. From the opening bars of the first track to the swelling chorus of the final track Doyle writes great music. There are 2 tracks which belong in the masterpiece themes of music however. One is track 10: St. Crispins Day/ Battle of Agincourt. As Henry (Branagh) gives his St. Crispins Day speech, the music begins very low, slowly building with the strength of Branagh's voice until it reaches a climax at the same time as the speech. It is a great moment in cimatic/music history. The second notable track is number 12: Non Nobis Domine, an old Latin hymn adapted for the music. This track captures perfectly the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt, as King Henry mourns for the baggage boys slaughtered by the French, and marvels at the great victory he won over the French. This cd has everything a music lover could want: romantic themes, battle music and just exceptional music. A great cd, one you will want to play over and over again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Ferrer on February 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is quite dificult to find a score that matches so perfectly with the images on the film. But Doyle has done it. Since the first notes, that great, dark opening, the story is told not only by the words of Shakespeare or the images. Music is also a narrator.
Tracks like Death of Bardolph, or the great Battle of Agincourt, express all the emotion, power and passion the play has.
I consider this score as a real piece of classical music. And the direction by Simon Rattle is also perfect. The strings and choirs going together in a perfect blend.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "undomiel" on January 28, 2000
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Patrick Doyle's score is the best movie soundtrack I have ever heard. Not only does it lend strength to Branagh's (already incredible) film; the score alone is a masterpiece, taking you through all the passions of a Shakespearean drama by sound alone. Which is saying quite a lot. My favorite tracks are of course, the opening two, "Crispin's Day," "The Wooing of Katherine," and Non Nobis. If you listen to this, prepare to be moved!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eryn E. Justice on October 7, 2005
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This score is, as my title would suggest, some of the most absolutely beautiful music I have ever encountered. I can't think of many scores I've heard that have songs that can stir the soul the way 'St. Crispin's Day' or 'Non nobis, Domine' can. I really really love this score. If I haven't already made it clear, I also highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dalek@mail.mankato.msus.edu on April 23, 1999
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It's not often that a great modern film composer like Patrick Doyle merges with a great actor/director Kenneth Branagh to make a Shakespeare film memorable for its visual and story element that seem inseparable from a masterly monumental music score. As Ken spits his speeches out as King Henry, Doyle's music drives with pure emotion and dramatic integrity down to the bone - with violins against clashing swords working remarkably. Save it for your children to listen to years from now as an example of a great musical masterpiece of the 20th Century that soars with Neo-Romanticism and medieval overtones. This soundtrack also re-establishes the idea of a "good" movie soundtrack with pure art conquering the common commercial trash. BUY IT! CHERISH IT!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The passage of time has not diminished the impact of this soundtrack....Kenneth Branagh's excellent film would have been a pale shadow of itself were it not for Patrick Doyle's brilliant score. This music is the movie's voice, heart, soul, guts and brain. The fact that the Academy saw fit not to even nominate this score in 1989 when the movie picked up 3 other nominations, remains one of the most appalling crimes in Oscar history. What were they smoking?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By voicebox on June 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I believe this was Doyle's first foray into film scoring, and this, to me, is his finest work. Forceful and powerful, and beautiful. Absolutely, the final chorus is it's crown jewel. I cannot help but sing with it. I have also heard and seen the London symphony perform this work live on stage with Kenneth Brannagh performing the accompanying monologues. But I do believe this work stands on its own merit, without the movie. It is without doubt of the symphonic music genre, tone poem. The classic tone poems have definite stories behind them and mean to evoke defined images, but stand on their own, as this does, a complete work unto itself. Only with this music, the image was provided for us in a brillinat movie, and in such a way that it engraves itself in our minds that even Sir Ian McKellen's or Sir John Gielgud's Henry V portrayals, or even our own idealized images of the real Henry V will not do. This music is gripping and captivating. One of the finest orchestral compositions of the 20th century. Ultra neo-romantic, with a final gorgeous, lush harmonization and orchestration to a "chant" of modern original melody which grows into an outpouring of glory and victory. Every point of emotion of Shakespeare's perfect words are captured such that a person can listen to the entire play. Music not to be ignored. Instead of renting that latest movie video, get this music, turn it up, (expect to feel like you are in a symphony hall, not for the "easy-listener"), and get ready to experience all the flourish, grandeur, shock, treachery, power, bravery, romance, and joy, music can give you. (Without being opera.)
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