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listen  1. The Olive Garden/Night SkyRon Allen;Chris Bleth;Pedro Eustache;John Debney;Ahmed El-Eshmer;Mel Gibson;Shankar and Gingger 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Bearing The CrossRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Jesus ArrestedRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Peter Denies JesusRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The StoningRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Song Of ComplaintRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Simon Is DismissedRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Flagellation/Dark Choir/DisciplesRon Allen;Chris Bleth;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra;John Debney 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mary Goes To JesusRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Peaceful But Primitive/ProcessionRon Allen;Chris Bleth;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra;John Debney 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. CrucifixionRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Raising The CrossRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. It Is DoneRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Jesus Is Carried DownRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. ResurrectionRon Allen;Chris Bleth;John Debney;Nick Ingman & his Orchestra 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Composer: John Debney
  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001ENY6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The film has created one of the biggest stirs in recent Hollywood history, and now the soundtrack is set to cause a similar sensation. Written by composer and multi-instrumentalist John Debney, this profoundly beautiful score blends elements of classical and folk music, with a decidedly Eastern influence--it's a masterful work that retains its emotional power apart from the images on screen. Not to be missed.

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Mel Gibson staked $30 million and his superstar reputation on this painstakingly bloody interpretation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all the while dodging charges of anti-semitism and fostering excruciating cinematic gore at the expense of Christ's message (a notion that also begs some uncomfortable questions about this version's S&M undertones). But because the film's dialog plays out in ancient authentic language dialects, John Debney's musical score takes on an even more central dramatic role. In some ways an unlikely choice as composer (having cut his teeth on many a lightweight comedy and kidflick) Debney nonetheless rises to the challenge, first conjuring up a synth-laden soundscape whose gothic moodiness should be familiar to admirers of the work of Lisa Gerrard, then seasoning it with indigenous instruments, booming percussion and ancient modalities that give the score an almost palpable sense of time and place. As did Jeff Danna on his earlier score for the gentler, de facto companion piece, The Gospel of John, Debney eventually gets 'round to genuflecting towards some Hollywood choral and melodic traditions (the Gospels themselves having arguably helped lay the original foundations for Tinseltown's venerable three-act structure), but there's nothing cheap about his music of triumph and redemption, rooted as ever in roiling currents of ancient spiritual mysticism. Gibson's vision of the Passion has had many second-guessing his motivations and choices, but Debney's rich, evocative score proves there's nothing wrong with his ears. -- Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

This music brings those thoughts and feelings back to life inside me every time I listen to it.
mandy
This is beautiful music and John Debney really captures the mood of what the passion of Christ is all about, especially in the "Crucifixion".
Kevin Carswell St Church
Easily one of the best film scores of the year and worthy of an Oscar nomination, John Debney puts together a great score for the film.
brandon1081

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For all of those people self-righteously criticizing the soundtrack of this movie as being a lift off of Peter Gabriel's work, perhaps you should do some more research before making such an uneducated critique. Peter Gabriel, too, took the music for the Last Temptation from a significantly more historic source. The instruments used on both soundtracks is the duduk, a classic instrument used in Armenian music, which dates back to biblical times. Hence the choice to use it in both this film and Peter Gabriel's Last Temptation Soundtrack. Gabriel was in no way the creator or innovator of that sound, those melodies, nor the mood set by them. Armenian musicians have been mastering the duduk for over a thousand years. This soundtrack was inspired by them, and paid homage to them, much in the same way Gabriel has done for many years. But Gabriel doesn't have the sole ownership on being inspired by international and ancient music. This soundtrack was powerful and moving, due in part to the appropriate choice of instruments and musicians. People should try to appreciate the music for what it is, and not where you THINK it came from.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
John Debney's intense, melodic score adds much atmosphere to Mel Gibson's magnificent film, but can also stand on its own as intriguing and lovely listening. It uses a lot of background vocals and chanting to great effect, and fascinating instruments that give it a middle-eastern flavor; notable is the duduk, which is an ancient double-reed similar to the clarinet, often used in Armenian folk traditions.
It is a score that changes from gentle tenderness to percussive strength, always interesting in its many moods. A few tracks have lush string arrangements, and track # 9, "Mary Goes to Jesus" takes flight on wings of sound.
Other contributors to the score are Jack Lenz, Shankar & Gingger, with lyrics by Lisbeth Scott. The sound quality is terrific and total playing time is 54'09.
It is all at once inspiring, peaceful, and energizing music, and a score that I will be listening to many years from now.
See the film, and hear the music; this is the rare stuff that changes lives with its beauty, power, and truth.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Magdaline on February 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had access to this soundtrack prior to viewing the movie. It is moving, riveting, and soulful. I can almost envision the elements that each title represents. My husband has listened to it nonstop while at work for the past 2 days and has come home with a totally different attitude.
I highly recommend this especially as background music to listen to while meditating on Sacred Scripture. (Not too loud, just softly in the background.)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jim Spencer on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First off, I'd like to say it's sad that people are actually putting down fake (obviously fake. no, not because they gave it a low rating) reviews for this soundtrack. That is very petty. Just because you're offended by the movie (and it baffles me to no end why so many people are offended by this movie. L E M M I N G S.) doesn't mean you should stoop to writing fake reviews. If you have to lie to help your cause, maybe your cause sucks.
Basically if you liked the Gladiator and The Seige (particularly the opening song Skeikh's Abduction) soundtracks, you'll like this. It's like a combination of the two but more so if that makes any sense. This is something you'll want to listen to on a good stereo to fully appreciate. Whether you like the movie or not or are even intending on seeing the movie or not, this is a very good score.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KZ on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, this is the best score I've ever listened to. And this isn't some yahoo saying that - I own over 400 movies scores which range from 1940 to 2006; and this is the cream of the crop. It contains some of the most moving, heart breaking, powerful, uplifting, tragic music I've ever heard. To say there aren't enough good words I can use about this CD is putting it mildly.

The score grabs your attention at track 2, and never lets go. Speaking of Bearing the Cross track, is there many more moving pieces of music you've heard in your lifetime? I sure can't say so. From there on, the music gets even better. Debney uses a wide array of ethnic instruments and his own brand of powerhouse percussion and aching strings to produce a listening experience like none other.

Then there's Mary Goes to Jesus, followed with The Crucifixtion. Unbelievable. Rarely am I almost moved to tears by music alone, but with these two tracks, I was. Then, eventually, we wind up at Resurrection, which is my favourite piece of music in the history of time. It's impossible to describe the power, the beauty, the undeniable spirit of this track alone. I remember my mouth being agape the first time I heard it.

Simply put - buy this score. There's a reason it's one of the most successful soundtracks of all time. Wether you're religious or a fan of scores or the exact opposite of both, I gaurentee this music will touch you in a way few others do. Absolutely perfect.

cheers

KZ
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful By mandy on March 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love this music. It's a personal experience that brings what you're envisioning at home all alone or seeing on a screen in a theater right into your heart and soul. It makes the situation inescapable. You can't ignore that they are nailing the Man to a cross....He is dying for you and you can't stop it and He won't....He loves us enough not to. Can we wrap our minds around the idea of a love that deep in this world as we know it? I don't believe so. It's pain, it's hope, it's love, it's suffering, it's violent and it's peaceful........but most of all, it's perfect. Just like Him. This music brings those thoughts and feelings back to life inside me every time I listen to it. It fills me up when I'm empty and picks me up when I feel like I can't go any further.
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