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The Illusionist [Soundtrack]

Philip Glass Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (August 15, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000H0MKI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Illusionist
2. Do You Know Me?
3. Chance Encounter
4. The Locket
5. The Orange Tree
6. The Mirror
7. Wish I Would See You Again
8. The Sword
9. Meeting In The Carriage
10. Sophie
11. The Secret Plot
12. Sophie's Ride To The Castle
13. The Accident
14. The New Theater
15. Frankel Appears
16. A Shout From The Crowd
17. Eisenheim Disappears
18. The Search
19. The Missing Gem
20. The Chase
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Unlike his popular score for 2002's The Hours, which was intimate and performed by a small ensemble, the music Philip Glass came up with for The Illusionist is quite opulent. Its old-world ambiance befits Neil Burger's movie, a suspenseful period piece set in 1900 Vienna, but the score, performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, easily stands on its own as well. Glass's trademark waxing and waning is present of course--the most Glass-esque tracks include "The Orange Tree" and "The Secret Plot" (in which delicate brushed drums drive the beat against a dull pounding echo). But most rewarding is finally hearing non-stereotypical actions/suspense cues: "The Accident," "A Shout from the Crowd," "The Search" or "The Chase" make you wish Hollywood thought outside the box more often, and called Glass instead of the usual go-to guys when in need of a composer for big-budget action flicks. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

Music From The Film The Illusionist features an original score by acclained modern minimalist composer Philip Glass. Glass’ renowned restrained, yet elegant style has captivated audiences around the world for years. "The soundtrack to The Illusionist is a driving force to the movie," comments director Neil Burger. "There are many scenes and sequences without dialogue and it falls to the music to tell the story." Glass recorded the original score with a large orchestra, which results in an emotionally driven and epic soundtrack.

Glass’ sophisticated music has been featured in numerous movies throughout his career, earning him many awards and critical praise.

Award winning writer/director/actor Edward Norton stars alongside Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti in The Illusionist.


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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars philip glass has done it again-simply amazing!!!! August 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have just seen the wonderful new movie "The Illusionist" which was amazing in its own right. However I must say that the new score by Philip Glass enhances its impact considerably. For many, the genius composer has already produced his masterpiece with "The Hours" score. That is a wonderful work of art but I always felt his music suited better to period pieces, the only example of which up until now was his score for "The Secret Agent". Returning home I immediately played that album and I was sure of my opinion. Both his scores for The Secret Agent and The Illusionist have a grand baroque feeling in them, incredibly operatic and sensual as well. They sweep the listener effortlessly into a bygone area and almost tell the story of the film by themselves. One could watch both films without any dialogue and effects and can still feel satisfied with the end result. I take my hat off to the directors of the aforementioned films for their willingness to put aside all their egocentrical concerns and submit the outcomes of their months-spanning efforts to a man who obviously goes and tells the story of their films with music once again. Bravo Mr. Glass for this amazing new score!!!!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and very fitting. September 10, 2006
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For those of you who frequently dislike Glass's work, don't be too quick to judge this one. For those who love his work, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Glass has taken a healthily large step outside of his esteemed minimilism style and brought about a wonderful score that fits the movie perfectly. While maintaining his personal touch as a composer with his repeated arpeggios, complex rhythmic and metrical elements and brilliant use or orchestration, he manages to weave colorful melodies and dramatic builds that, after having seen the movie, I could not imagine any other composer providing as well adept or fitting a score. Quite possibly one his best works to date and I cannot stress enough how perfect it is for this movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It's not often that a film's score is so captivating that it makes as strong an impression on me as the film's visual elements and writing. Philip Glass' score for Neil Burger's film "The Illusionist" is one such score that had me rushing to buy the CD. Set in Vienna circa 1900 in the world of the magic arts, the film's rich browns, blacks and elegant illusions work in concert with this score to create a transcendent, mysterious world where nothing is as it seems. There are many scenes without dialogue where the music says what words or actions could not. It literally pulls the audience into the film, enticing us to inch closer to the screen. The score is lush, haunting, with a big orchestra sound that is never overbearing but doesn't fade out of the audience's consciousness either.

There are 21 tracks on the CD for a total of 51 minutes of music. The tracks seem to radiate from the film's theme, "The Illusionist" (2:24), which introduces the CD. I don't know much about classical music. I can only describe this piece as velvety, dramatic, with 2 distinct layers of sound, and thoroughly captivating. It conveys the idea of a mystery of some substance. The music is itself a conjurer of things unknown. The other tracks are variably suspenseful, majestic, mysterious, ethereal, uplifting, contemplative, and occasionally even pompous.

Philip Glass' score for "Notes on a Scandal" was nominated for an Academy Award the same year he did "The Illusionist". I haven't listened to that score on its own, so I can't say if it is as good as this one when taken out of the context of the film. But it doesn't serve the film as well. The music of "Notes on a Scandal" functions primarily to heighten drama.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'More' of Philip Glass January 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Some of our finest classical music composers have written brilliantly for the movies: Shostakovich, Britten, Prokofiev, Korngold, Stravinsky are but a few of the names that come to mind. Add, now, the name of Philip Glass to that gifted group - his score for the film THE ILLUSIONIST is not only a fine addition to the mood of this period film, it is also a step in orchestration growth for Glass.

While everyone praised his sense of clarity and minimalism in his score for THE HOURS, an approach that so keenly fit Cunningham's story, the movement into the 'romantic, lush' realm of the turn of the century musical climate that would have accompanied the story of 'The Illusionist' finds Glass scoring for a larger, somewhat more traditional orchestral palette. And as performed by the Czech Film Orchestra (the film was indeed created in Prague) it is a lush and elegant enhancement of the mood. Thankfully Glass' motif approach and minimalist thinking are not abandoned: anyone can readily recognize the musical signature of the composer in every bar of the score. The pleasure is that Glass measured his own ideas alongside the timeframe of the story, and as usual he got it just right.

This is one of those musical score soundtracks that stands well on its own and for those who are particularly fond of Philip Glass' music, this CD is one to own. Grady Harp, January 07
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Philip Glass Release November 13, 2006
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This is my favourite score from a film this year. I listen to this a lot. Whether in the car or in the house. It's the type of score that I can close my eyes and be transported back to experience of watching the movie. I just wish that there was more of Philip's music on the cd itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I really love the music but it's a muted production of what ...
I really love the music but it's a muted production of what you hear on the film. Obviously, a technical issue.
Published 7 days ago by Don L. Wainwright
4.0 out of 5 stars Throwback
great score
Published 18 days ago by D. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable escape from reality.
This is a fantasy into 'love conquers all,' and that 'good wins in the end.'
Published 1 month ago by bentnbroket
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Glass' music for this movie is amazing. It is evocative of days...
Philip Glass' music for this movie is amazing. It is evocative of days before World War I and altogether modern at same time. Wonderful CD
Published 2 months ago by J. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy.
iyes, very satisfied, works llke new. quick delivery,good price.
Published 3 months ago by Janice Peoples
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Breathtaking Music
It went beyond my expectations. It is so beautiful. I love the movie and the score that Philip Glass created is magical. Read more
Published 4 months ago by priscilla wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Music is NOT an Illusion."
The music is moving, evocative, and stirring. Soundtracks are written to evoke an emotion while viewing the film, and that is exactly what this score does. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charles Bogle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...Great music!!
Beautiful to listen to and enhanced the movie! I loved this music from beginning to end. I like that it can also make me travel to a different time period and culture.
Published 7 months ago by Sunny Von Tepperoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
I ordered this soundtrack from the UK. I had expected to have a long wait, instead it came faster than expected. Which was a good thing since my wife is not noted for her patience. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent listen
Interesting sound track. Some a bit odd, but over all good for relaxing on the long road home from work.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs.Robbins
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