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The Merchant of Venice Soundtrack


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listen  1. Jocelyn Pook: With Wand'ring Steps [The Merchant of Venice]Andreas Scholl 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jocelyn Pook: Her Gentle Spirit [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Jocelyn Pook: Ghetto [The Merchant of Venice]Uri Yehuda 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jocelyn Pook: Blessing Of The Boat [The Merchant of Venice]Harvey Brough 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jocelyn Pook: Synagogue Cantors [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jocelyn Pook: Portia [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jocelyn Pook: How Sweet The Moonlight [The Merchant of Venice]Andreas Scholl 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jocelyn Pook: Song For Bassanio [The Merchant of Venice]Ben Crawley 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Jocelyn Pook: The Feast (Propinan de Melyor) [The Merchant of Venice]Harvey Brough 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jocelyn Pook: Bassanio's Palazzo (Tarantella) [The Merchant of Venice]Baroque String Quartet 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Jocelyn Pook: The Ring Returned [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Jocelyn Pook: A Subdued Wedding [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Jocelyn Pook: Courtroom Drama [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Jocelyn Pook: Jessica Escapes [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bridal BalladHayley Westenra 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Jocelyn Pook: Banquet For Shylock (Tourdion) [The Merchant of Venice]Harvey Brough 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Jocelyn Pook: Unsuitable Suitors (Folias) [The Merchant of Venice]Harvey Brough 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Narvaez: Song in Brothel ("Paseábase el Rey Moro)Clara Sanabras 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Jocelyn Pook: A Spectacular Procession [The Merchant of Venice]Tristan Fry 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Jocelyn Pook: Fie Fie Gratiano [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Jocelyn Pook: Bassanio Opens The Casket [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Jocelyn Pook: Shylock Broken [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Jocelyn Pook: Last Words [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Jocelyn Pook: The Floor Of Heaven [The Merchant of Venice]Baroque String Quartet 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Jocelyn Pook: You Drop Manna [The Merchant of Venice]David Juritz 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Jocelyn Pook: With Wand'ring Steps [The Merchant of Venice]Andreas Scholl 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Jocelyn Pook graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1983 where she studied the viola. Following a three year tour with The Communards, Jocelyn has performed with pop acts as diverse as Massive Attack, Meat Loaf, and P J Harvey but has now also developed an outstanding reputation as an imaginative and talented composer. Among the films she has scored are; Stanley ... Read more in Amazon's Jocelyn Pook Store

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Product Details

  • Composer: Jocelyn Pook
  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00068V37A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The soundtrack is composed by Jocelyn Pook whose credits include the scores to Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" & Laurent Cantet's "Time Out" (L'emploi du temps). Hayley Westenra will be singing the end title song to the film called "The Bridal Ballad" and Andreas Scholl will be singing 2 tracks called "With Wand'ring Steps" and "How Sweet The Moonlight".

Customer Reviews

I absolutely loved Jocelyn Pook's compositions.
Erica Anderson
Baroque violin, lute, theorbo, qanun, cornet and sackbuts were some of the exotic instruments used in this music.
prisrob
Her work is hypnotic, original, powerful, devastating, and breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL.
The Gort

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on March 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After viewing the film on which Jocelyn Pook based her majestic score, one wonders how THE MERCHANT OF VENICE could be considered one of Shakespeare's comedies.

After listening to this beautifully recorded, hauntingly atmospheric soundtrack, one may ask the question twice. While buffered by some of the jolliest comic scenes Shakespeare ever wrote, this deadly serious film, based on one of the poet's most moving and difficult plays, asks how it is possible religion and law -- the pillars of modern life -- have so often served the human drive toward cruelty and avarice, towards religious bigotry and misogyny.

There is no weak link to this score. Classical and world music lovers will recognize and relish the soloists who perform some the most memorable cuts on the recording, but prior knowledge is not required.

This soundtrack draws carefully on Renaissance musical motives, and is orchestrated with such respect for the script that I actually enjoyed the recording as well at home --as I did the score in the theatre.

That is the greatest compliment that can be paid any film composer.

We would have welcomed more informative notes. We would have enjoyed a more extended disc. Personally, I feel the retail price of the recording will preempt its purchase (outside of amazon, of course) by those who most enjoy it.

But it is one of the greatest scores I've heard in my 52 years. Atmospheric and melancholy, emotional one momentn Spartan the next. It will serve as a grreat souvenir for Shakespeareans of all ages who love this noble play, and to those who enjoyed the film too.

If you love distinctive scores, buy without delay.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jacqueline Pook explains how she became immersed in the writing of the music to "The Merchant of Venice."When Michael Radford first approached me about writing the music for his film The Merchant of Venice in the summer of 2003, a few months before shooting began, he felt strongly that the score should have a contemporary feel to it as well as evoking something of the period in which it is set, the late sixteenth century. At first I had to work quickly to provide music for certain scenes in the film which needed to be shot to the music: in scenes with court musicians playing or singing in vision. Some of these I based on existing medieval or renaissance themes, others, including all the vocal pieces (except Song in Brothel) I wrote myself, setting them to various texts from the period, with the exception of Bridal Ballad where I have used a text by Edgar Allan Poe." "

The Merchant of Venice is brought to life by the music of composer Jocelyn Pook and the extraordinary voices of singing sensation Hayley Westenra and counter-tenor Andreas Scholl. The Merchant of Venice original score CD (Decca) is a beautiful, stirring collection of old and new music, brought to life through old instruments, superb performers and original recordings. Baroque violin, lute, theorbo, qanun, cornet and sackbuts were some of the exotic instruments used in this music. Jacqueline Pook researched the instruments and tunes of this era. She has a blend of medieval, baroque and renaissance elements which is striking. The Baroque Singers add their voices to the extraordinary music.

One of the most unique pieces, "Bridal Ballad," features a text by Edgar Allan Poe sung by 17-year-old New Zealander Hayley Westenra, and solo viola performed by the composer (Pook studied and excels in all aspect of the viola).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Gort on January 29, 2005
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I am a HUGE fan of Ms Pook. Her previous albums, Flood and Untold Things, would be on my desert island short list, to be sure. Her work is hypnotic, original, powerful, devastating, and breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL. The music usually conveys a deep sadness, creating a mood of contemplative introspection. "Merchant" is no exception. With supremely gorgeous singing from Andreas Scholl and young Hayley Westerna, as well as perfect intrumentals, this work is highly evocative of Elizabethan England while suggesting the more ancient and middle eastern foundation that characterizes Pook's finest efforts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bundtlust TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I haven't seen Al Pacino's "The Merchant of Venice," but was instantly captivated by Jocelyn Pook's atmospheric score that blends Renaissance, Moorish, and Sephardic (Spanish Jewish) melodies with authentic instruments. The fine vocal performances by German star countertenor Andreas Scholl and young New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra were the icing on the cake. Mr. Scholl has a large repertoire of English lute songs, and the songs he is featured on (With Wandring Steps (Milton) The Floor of Heaven, and How Sweet the Moonlight (Shakespeare) fit him like a glove. Hayley Westenra sings the enchanting Bridal Ballad.

I was not previously familiar with Jocelyn Pook's scores, but was quickly enraptured by the tender combination of delicate harp, recorder, majestic viol, and above all, the Middle Eastern flavour imparted by Sephardic melodies (Paseabase el Rey Moro, Synagogue Cantors, Ghetto) that briefly slip in and out of the score (Courtroom Drama, Last Words, Fie Fie Gratiano). The Merchant of Venice score holds up well as a standalone work of atmospheric music that feels right at home next to my large collection of Spanish Sephardic music, Cantigas, and Renaissance / Baroque music. The addition of work by Andreas Scholl (I own almost all titles in his Harmonia Mundi catalogue), Hayley Westenra and other vocalists (boy sopranos, boy choirs, Israeli singers and synagogue cantors) makes the score even more effective by offering brief interludes to break the monotony of many interrelated instrumentals.

The Merchant of Venice soundtrack is a must-buy for anyone interested in Sephardic, Renaissance, or early vocal music sure to delight fans of Andreas Scholl and other countertenors and early music.
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