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Shutter Island [Soundtrack]

John Adams , Antonio Wit , Claudio Abbado , Orchestra of St. Lukes , National Polish Radio Symphony , Wiener Philharmoniker , University of California Berkeley Chamber Chorus , Philipp Vandre , Nam June Paik , Johnny Ray Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B002MJM87K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fog Tropes (Orchestra of St. Lukes, conducted by John Adams)
2. Symphony #3: Passacaglia - Allegro Moderato (National Polish Radio Symphony, conducted by Antonio Wit)
3. Music For Marcel Duchamp (Philipp Vandre, prepared piano)
4. Hommage a John Cage (Nam June Paik)
5. Lontano (Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Claudio Abbado)
6. Rothko Chapel 2 (UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus)
7. Cry (Johnny Ray)
8. On The Nature Of Daylight (Max Richter)
9. Uaxuctum: The Legend Of The Mayan City Which They Themselves Destroyed For Religious Reasons - 3rd M (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Peter Rundel, conductor)
10. Quartet For Strings And Piano In A Minor (Prazak Quartet)
Disc: 2
1. Christian Zeal and Activity (John Adams / Edo de Waart & San Francisco Symphony)
2. Suite For Symphonic Strings: Nocturne (The New Professionals Orchestra, conducted by Rebecca Miller)
3. Lizard Point (Brian Eno)
4. Four Hymns, II For Cello And Double Bass (Torleif Thedeen & Entcho Radoukanov)
5. Root Of An Unfocus (John Cage)
6. Prelude - The Bay (Ingram Marshall)
7. Tomorrow Night (Lonnie Johnson)
8. This Bitter Earth / On The Nature Of Daylight (Dinah Washington & Max Richter)

Editorial Reviews

From Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

The soundtrack produced by Robbie Robertson, & executively produced by Martin Scorsese.

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning soundtrack to a good, but not great movie February 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This pair of discs contains a wonderful collection of contemporary classical music. In most cases Amazon's tracklisting only provides the names of the performers, so I took the liberty to list the composers for the various tracks.
Ligeti's 'Lontano', an old favourite of mine, is also used to great effect in Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining', a movie that evoked similar emotions with me (although I consider 'The Shining' a truly great movie).

CD 1
1. Ingram Marshall - Fog Tropes
2. Krysztof Penderecki - Symphony No. 3 - IV. Passacaglia - Allegro moderato
3. John Cage - Music for Marcel Duchamp
4. Nam June Paik - Hommage à John Cage
5. György Ligeti - Lontano
6. Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel 2
7. Johnnie Ray - Cry
8. Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight
9. Giacinto Scelsi - Uaxuctum - III. [untitled]
10. Gustav Mahler - Quartet in A minor for piano and strings

CD 2
1. John Adams - Christian Zeal and Activity
2. Lou Harrison - Suite for Symphonic Strings - IX. Nocturne
3. Brian Eno - Lizard Point
4. Alfred Schnittke - Four Hymns - II. For Cello and Double Bass
5. John Cage - Root of an Unfocus
6. Ingram Marshall - Alctraz - I. Prelude: The Bay
7. Lonnie Johnson - Tomorrow Night
8. Max Richter/Dinah Washington - On the Nature of Daylight/This Bitter Earth
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable achievement by Robbie Robertson April 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
One of the great joys of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was the extraordinary soundtrack. Not satisfied with Alex North's original score, Kubrick went with a selection of classical pieces, some familiar like Strauss's The Blue Danube and others less well-known such as Ligeti's Atmospheres. That soundtrack became a classic and Shutter Island is easily in the same league. Like 2001, the music for Shutter Island comes from a number of classical composers and none of the pieces used was written specially for the film. In my opinion, the Shutter Island soundtrack is superior to 2001 in that the music sounds like a coherent score, quite like Bernard Hermann's work for Hitchcock in places.

For anyone interested in contemporary classical music, some of the composers represented here will be familiar names, for instance, John Cage, Krzysztof Penderecki and Alfred Schnittke. Others, like Max Richter, were unknown to me. Richter's On The Nature Of Daylight is a haunting piece and features twice on the soundtrack, the second time in a memorable mash-up with Dinah Washington's This Bitter Earth. A real bonus is a complete performance at the end of CD 1 of Gustav Mahler's only chamber piece, his Piano Quartet in A minor written when he was only sixteen.

The music on this double CD was clearly chosen with great care and intelligence by Robbie Robertson. He has created a collection that will appeal on several levels. Those who have seen the film can acquire a musical memento of Martin Scorsese's extraordinary achievement. For anyone who would like to expand their horizons and hear some of the best music composed in the latter part of the 20th century, this is an excellent starting point. Or if you would simply like some superior mood music, then just programme out the two or three songs on the set and play the rest on repeat.

I can't praise these CDs highly enough.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful Movie Soundtrack February 21, 2010
By Compay
Format:Audio CD
What's interesting about the score to Shutter Island is that none of it was composed exclusively for the film, but there's plenty of orchestrated music that fits the movie beautifully. Scorsese actually had Robbie Robertson, who worked on the music for The Departed and Gangs of New York, to find existing songs to use for the film. And to his credit, Robertson did a great job.

Songs that are alone worth the price of the CD include the utterly gorgeous and hope-inspiring composition On the Nature of Daylight by composer Max Richter. Lontano and Symphony #3 are beautifully composed works that lend to the sinister feel of the film.

Some of the songs (Music for Marcel Duchamp) are incredibly stark with almost no instrumentation, but still add to the foreboding feel of the movie. Songs like Lizard Point and Prelude - The Bay add a floating, atmospheric element to the score. And a few tracks aren't even what you'd consider music, such as the sound-effect driven Hommage a John Cage. Robertson does effectively keep with the time period for the movie, with 1952 tracks like Cry (crooner Johnnie Ray) and 1948 blues ballad Tomorrow Night (Lonnie Johnson).

These aren't CDs that you would necessarily play from start to finish like those of a movie with an entirely orchestral score, but the music is still haunting and beautiful. It's a must have for anyone that's a fan of movie scores.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AhhhMAZING arrangement! This Bitter Earth July 17, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Reviewing "This Bitter Earth" only here: I've listened to over a dozen arrangements of this song, and I can truly say - this is beyond reproach. This is permeating, it will penetrate all that was come to pass and surpass all that is yet to come. Magnificent - to say the least.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Composer Collection September 25, 2010
By L.H.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I was watching 'Shutter Island' -and I didn't knew a thing about the soundtrack then- the music caught my attention every time (in a very positive way). Marvellous orchestral sounds producing very exciting and illustrative sound scapes.
It really struck me when I read the end titles: these impressive pieces were composed by contemporary composers: Penderecki, Ligeti, Adams, Cage and the weirdest but best of all the Italian Giacinto Scelsi, amongst others.
This 2 cd-set is an impressive collection of late twenty century classical music and its composers. That makes this soundtrack, brought together by musical supervisor Robbie Robertson, not only an excellent underscore but also a kind of a very interesting 'introduction to contemporay classical music'.
LH/The Netherlands
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful collection of contemporary and modern classical music
Originally, I approached this compilation album for the Mahler selection, though when I saw that many of the selections were taken from contemporary classical composers whom I knew... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Bryan Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and haunting
This is a great soundtrack featuring music that is a wonderful accompaniment to the drama amd that is strong as a stand alone work. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Mae Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars SHutter IsLand~~MusiC
Movie was ok but the music is what I remembered.So great to have a CD to listen to anytime.
Moving and unusal music!
Published on March 5, 2011 by T. Pometta
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing about the movie...
... was the music. (And I liked the movie a lot)

I don't normally enjoy compliation soundtracks - I'm more interested in movie scores or hearing classical pieces in... Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by J. Drayton
4.0 out of 5 stars Bits and Pieces of the Composers Curated by Robbie Robertson
Movie Soundtrack recordings are both curious and frustrating. In the case of the soundtrack for the film SHUTTER ISLAND there is another mission: musical 'curator' Robbie... Read more
Published on June 10, 2010 by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth buying
Didn't think much of the movie, but was struck by the music (and I mostly like music written before July 28, 1750). The CD opened up a world of music I was stunned by. Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by Buy Too Much
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack to "Shutter Island" is excellent!
The soundtrack to "Shutter Island" is excellent! This is an excellent soundtrack to what was the most anticipated film of February 2010. Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by Kris King
4.0 out of 5 stars Penderecki perfectly disturbing for this movie
Sitting in the movie theater the main musical theme slammed through my body like a sledge hammer. I knew this piece! Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by Kenny Cross
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