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No Reservations [Soundtrack]

Philip Glass , Giacomo Puccini , Giuseppe Verdi , Michael Buble , Luciano Pavarotti , Joseph Calleja , Liz Phair , Renata Tebadi , Joan Sutherland , Conrad Pope Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Michael Buble, Luciano Pavarotti, Joseph Calleja, Liz Phair, Renata Tebadi, et al.
  • Composer: Philip Glass, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (July 24, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Truffles And Quail - Conrad Pope
2. Sway - Michael Buble
3. Celeste Aida - Luciano Pavarotti
4. O Mio Babbino Caro - Renata Tebaldi
5. Zoe & Kate Watch Video - Phillip Glass
6. Libiamo Libiamo - Joan Sutherland
7. Via Con Me - Paolo Conte
8. La Donna E 'Mobile - Joseph Calleja
9. Un Bel Di 'Vedremo - Renata Tebaldi
10. Zoe Goes To the Restaurant - Phillip Glass
11. Cielo E Mar - Luciano Pavarotti
12. Mambo Gelato - Ray Gelato
13. Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti
14. Count On My Love - Liz Phair

Editorial Reviews

It's pretty clear, based on its title, that this movie is set in a restaurant, and it's even clearer that it's an Italian restaurant when you look at the soundtrack: Its bread and butter (or pasta and olive oil) is arias from Puccini and Verdi. And big arias they are, too--so well-known that they are opera's versions of chartbusting pop hits: Verdi's "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto (in a recent rendition by young tenor Joseph Calleja); Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi and "Un bel dì vedremo" from Madama Butterfly (both sung by Renata Tebaldi). And, of course, Pavarotti serves up a couple of hearty main courses with "Cielo e mar" and "Nessun dorma." The Italian mood is also reflected in contributions from Paolo Conte (his Gypsy-swing and bilingual "Via Con Me") and Michael Bublé's cover of the 1950s Latin pop hit "Sway" (which was popularized in the US by Dean Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti--does that count as an Italian connection?). The album also includes three instrumental cues: Conrad Pope's "Truffles and Quail," and Philip Glass's low-key "Zoe and Kate Watch Video" and "Zoe Goes to the Restaurant." Liz Phair's "Count on My Love" inexplicably brings up the rear, but hey, it's a pretty great pop song (from Phair's underrated 2005 album Somebody's Miracle), so it's nice to see it get more exposure. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

ORIGINAL MUSIC WRITTEN BY ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE PHILIP GLASS ALSO INCLUDES SONGS PERFORMED BY LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, MICHAEL BUBLÉ, LIZ PHAIR AND MANY MORE! From Academy Award® nominated director Scott Hicks (Shine), comes the new film NO RESERVATIONS, the remake of foreign film Mostly Martha. Master chef Kate Armstrong (Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones--Chicago) lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin--Little Miss Sunshine), while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer (Golden Globe® nominee Aaron Eckhart--Thank You For Smoking) couldn't be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Warner Bros. presents NO RESERVATIONS opening wide on July 27th. The Decca soundtrack will be released on July 24th and features original music written by Academy Award® nominee Philip Glass (Notes on a Scandal, The Hours, Kundun), mixed with Italian arias performed by Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi and Joseph Calleja as well as contemporary songs performed by Michael Bublé, Liz Phair, Paolo Conte and Ray Gelato.

Customer Reviews

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an unique soundtrack July 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is an unusual soundtrack. It combines instrumental music with opera music. This disc also has two songs from popular singers. I love the track "Sway" by Michael Buble. I also enjoyed the track "Mambo Gelato" These two tracks make me want to grab someone and dance. The opera tracks on this disc are excellent. The best of the bunch is "La Donna E Mobile" by Joseph Calleja. This track is very uplifting and playful. "Cielo E Mar" is a romantic sounding track from Pavarotti. "Nessum Dorma" is a really soothing track from Pavarotti too. He has such a powerful voice. Philip Glass is a talented composer for the film. I love his instrumental restaurant theme here. It is a beautiful piece of music. "Count On My Love" is a great song that fits the tone of the movie well. I really enjoyed listening to the music on this soundtrack.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent soundtrack to a delightful movie! February 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Opera arias, fun songs, melancholic tunes combine to produce a fabulous soundtrack to a perfectly delightful movie. I ordered the CD immediately after viewing the movie. Since then I have listened twice and totally adore this music--every track, every song, every voice, original to the movie or renowned.

Here's what you get:
Track 1: Instrumental
Track 2: Sway, performed by Michael Buble--a great Latin number
Track 3: Celeste Aida, performed by Pavarotti
Track 4: O mio Babbino caro, performed by Renata Tebaldi--my favorite
Track 5: Phillip Glass original composition--the piano notes are bell-like
Track 6: Libiamo ne lieti calici Brindisi, Joan Sutherland
Track 7: Via con me, performed Paolo Conte--a terrific and lively song; I liked the singer so much I plan to order one of his CD's
Track 8: La donna e mobile, Joseph Calleja
Track 9: Un bel di, Renata Tebaldi, the most beautiful aria in opera (my opinion)
Track 10: Philip Glass, original composition
Track 11: Cielo e mar, Pavarotti
Track 12: Mambo Gelato, performed by Ray Gelato, another Latin number perfect for "Dancing with the Stars"
Track 13: Nessun donna, Pavarotti
Track 14: Count on My Love, performed by Liz Phair

The listing of the singers eliminates any necessity for song descriptions. Arias are arias and these are among the best. For the unlearned this CD is a perfect introduction to opera, from composers to music to performers. Then there are the two original compositions by Academy-nominated Glass, Latin numbers for dancing, and three popular singers. An all-around great soundtrack and CD for popping in the player. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different Songs March 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
My wife loved the theme song in the movie that was played repeatedly, however, the song is not on the CD. It is on another soundtrack from a movie called "Life as a House" A little confusing but she was happy with the other songs on this cd.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars re: Q below August 18, 2007
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
Crystal, regarding your question for the song that's playing while she is putting on her apron. It's actually from another soundtrack, Life as a House. It's track 11, "Building a Family". I also love this song! Hope this helps! :)
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now it makes more sense... July 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It appears that some of the most memorable score cues from the movie are actually from Mark Isham's soundtrack "Life As A House" (Listen to track 11 from "Life As A House" for example.)

Now I'm beginning to understand why there seems to be such a paucity of score cues on this CD. I think either Glass' score was partially rejected or he only scored a small part of the movie to begin with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No reservations. January 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I certainly have no reservations in recommending this CD to anyone who loves a good mix of music. Mostly classial with a touch of Jazz and Mambo! Great dinner party music. It will really add a swing to your evening and make you want to dance! Definintely one of my favourite CD's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correction February 1, 2009
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It is not an "Italian restaurant", as the editorial review states. Thus, they miss a major conflict in the movie. She is a classically trained french chef he an experienced italian sous chef.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie & Wonderful Music August 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a wonderful fun movie and the sound tract is terrific! I went right home from seeing the movie and found the soundtract on I was enjoying it at home within three days of seeing the movie. It has some well known opera pieces along with some really cute mambo & french pieces. All in all it is a pleasant listen experience! See the movie and then enjoy the soundtract! I can't wait for the movie to be available, would love to see it again. Amazon is amazing....they always have it all and have it to me in short order ENJOY >^..^<
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous music - had to see the movie again just for the tunes
Published 10 days ago by JNW
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
No problems.
Published 3 months ago by James Bastis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for cooking
I love to listen to this when I'm cooking -- I skip some of the songs (the one where they watch the video, etc.) but otherwise, I love it.
Published 10 months ago by K. Topper
5.0 out of 5 stars No explaining it
This is an eclectic collection of pieces that I JUST LOVE. I listen to this CD very often. A mixture that includes some beautiful arias that just break my heart open every time I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Catenacci
5.0 out of 5 stars No Reservations - CD
If you are a lover of all music types, you will love this CD. It has modern selections to classical. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mary messing
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased.
Saw the movie. Loved the soundtrack. So, of course, I love the CD. It has such a variety of songs on it. Unique.
Published 14 months ago by Kelsey Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it ...
Heartwarming story and good acting ...Zeta-Jones is excellent and Aaron Eckhart was perfect as her love interest.

NO MORE TO BE SAID ... come on ... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this soundtrack!
The movie was great, and so is the music, even though I don't understand Italian. This is one of my top 10 CDs.
Published 16 months ago by Devoutreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
I really enjoy opera music and this CD has a wonderful variety of the more well-known opera songs. It also has a few fun songs. It's one of my favorite CD's. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Patricia Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy listening to this soundtrack
I like soundtracks because you get to hear a variety of music and this is no exception. Bought it because of the opera arias. Would recommend it to anyone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mazz
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