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Romeo & Juliet

Abel Korzeniowski Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Masterworks
  • ASIN: B00CZ1TMWE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The agony and the ecstasy of love October 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Since the very first years of cinema Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare’s timeless story of passionate doomed love, has been a well of inspiration for filmmakers, ranging from George Cukor’s 1936 film starring Norma Shearer, the classic Franco Zeffirelli version from 1968, and Baz Luhrmann’s revisionist interpretation from 1996, as well as the popular musical West Side Story, which replaces Montagues and Capulets with Sharks and Jets, and moves the story from Verona to New York City. Director Carlo Carlei’s new version was written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and is a comparatively straightforward re-telling of the story, with Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in the lead roles as the star cross’d lovers, and a supporting cast that includes Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgård, Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film is visually sumptuous, with opulent production design and costumes, and features an equally sumptuous and opulent score by Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski.

Korzeniowski was a fairly late replacement for the film’s original composer, James Horner, who had written and recorded his entire score several months previously; the exact reasons for Horner’s music being rejected are as yet unclear, but whatever the case may be, Korzeniowski was brought in just weeks before the film was due to be released. In these circumstances, scores often go one of two ways: either the new score is rushed and perfunctory, a testament to the short timescale given to the composer, or the new score is absolutely inspired, with the composer seizing his opportunity with both hands and excelling under pressure. Thankfully, Korzeniowski’s Romeo & Juliet is the latter – a sweeping, soaring, romantic masterpiece that is easily one of 2013’s finest musical achievements.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful score! February 12, 2014
By Julia
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This score is breathtaking and fits the film and scenes perfectly. I feel the music really made me feel even more ..Abel really captured Romeo and Juliet & their love story. I cannot say more good things about this soundtrack, it's a must have! It's so romantic and elegant just like the love story and added so much passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly beautiful music February 27, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
If you loved the movie, you will absolutely love the soundtrack. It's all instrumental except for a few tracks that include the coloratura soprano (from the Capulets' masked ball early in the movie). The music provides a lovely background for whatever you may be doing, from just listening and relaxing, to desk work, painting or other crafts, driving, or walking the dog. It could well be the soundtrack of my life from now on.
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