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The Ninth Gate: Original Film Soundtrack (1999 Film) Soundtrack


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1. Vocalise - Theme From The Ninth Gate - Sumi Jo
2. Opening Titles - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
3. Corso - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
4. Bernie Is Dead - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
5. Liana - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
6. Plane To Spain (Bolero) - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
7. The Motorbike - Sumi Jo
8. Missing Book/Stalking Corso - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
9. Blood On His Face - Sumi Jo
10. Chateau Saint Martin - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
11. Liana's Death - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
12. 'Boo!'/The Chase - The City Of Prague Philharmonic And Chorus/Stepan Konicek
13. Balkan's Death - Sumi Jo
14. The Ninth Gate - Sumi Jo
15. Corso And The Girl - Sumi Jo
16. Vocalise - Theme From The Ninth Gate (Reprise) - Sumi Jo

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 10, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • ASIN: B00002EPU7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Silva Screen presents a fascinating soundtrack composed by Wojciech Kilar - THE NINTH GATE, a Roman Polanski film. Kilar who also composed "Francis Ford Coppola's - Bram Stoker's DRACULA" - was a triumph. Ninth Gate's score is eerie, suspenseful and haunting, much to the listeners enjoyment. Kilar strikes a cord when setting the mood for this film, which never stops from beginning to end. A beautiful voice emerges from soprano Sumijo, blending well with - The City of Prague Philharmonic & Chorus, conducted by Stepan Konicek. Please stand up and take a bow, all those who participated in this venture through the - NINTH GATE!
Total Time: 54:07 on 16 Tracks/ Silva Screen Records - SSD 1103 (2000)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "muse4film" on March 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Kilar's haunting melodies are wonderful. While at times I felt that the music was sparesly orchestrated, there is enormous drive and emotion contained within. I've found myself humming the melody quite often - it made quite an impression. You will definately like this score if you liked the scores to Interview with a Vampire and Sixth Sense. This score rates on my top 100 list!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MJR on February 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Few film scores are worthy of a 5 star rating in my book, but Wojciech Kilar's 'The Ninth Gate' is one of the few truly powerful compositions that really grab you.

This score really harnesses the nature of the film, which is a horrific thriller of the paranormal and evil.
The music is predominantly orchestral compilations taken straight out of the film. There is no foul play in the presentation of this album. Every piece from the movie is included on the CD in immaculate quality and presentation. Sumi Jo is the soprano who is featured in several of the tracks. Although I've only heard of her from this album, her voice is amazing and it really compliments the tracks.
The symphonic orchestral compilations are rendered in a very delicate way, balancing the power of the bass instruments with the highs of the violins and clarinets...The result is a very sharp presentation with no over-hanging lows. At the same time, however, the presentation is just soft enough, making it manageable to listen to at intense volume, yet precise in the highs without inducing listener fatigue...an interesting phenomenon...and VERY enjoyable to experience.
The fold-out leaflet also includes all NINE engravings from the mythical book 'The Nine Gates' and explains them in short captions.
I recommend this CD, buy it, you'll enjoy it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Exguyparis on October 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
How on earth did I miss knowing of Wojcciech Kilar? The movie "The Ninth Gate" led me to several good things: the book "The Club Dumas" by Arturo Perez-Reverte, and the composer Kilar.

The opening cut, which is reprised as the last cut, is "Vocalise"-- a simple, warm, chilling piece with a vocalise by Korean soprano Sumi Jo. It is hauntingly beautiful, and will stick with you.

A movie soundtrack is interesting; it can remind viewers of dramatic moments, and conjure up visual images from the film. The true test of a film soundtrack is how it stands without the film. I've played this for many friends who did not see the film, and all appreciate and are moved by the music.

In addition to the Vocalise, you'll enjoy "Corso"-- the theme for Johnny Depp's character. It manages to blend wit, humor, suspense, and the sinister into one fascinating piece. The same theme appears in variations such as "Plane to Spain (Bolero)" where it gets a dramatic, measured Spanish twist. Several other pieces use Sumi Jo's crystal voice as an accompanying embellishment, with great impact.

I've been trying to track down information about Wojciech Kilar. He is about 70, was born in Poland, and has not done much film work in the US (Coppola's "Dracula", "Death & the Maiden", and "Portrait of a Lady"). His work shows up briefly in "The Truman Show" and "Schindler's List." I'm surprised he has done so little here. Apparently he is quite famous in his native Poland, and has done a lot of film work there. He also composes liturgical and symphonic works.

I can assure you that you will enjoy this CD. It will give you chills (whether or not you saw the film).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Commentator on June 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are one of the (apparently few) people who enjoyed the 'The Ninth Gate' film, especially if you have purchased it on VHS or DVD for multiple viewings, you NEED to own this CD.
The reason for this is not so much because of the music itself, but because the liner notes contain miniature copies of the nine engravings from the book in the film.
The images, although small, are very high-resolution, more so than the engravings on the DVD gallery. It is possible to make out the 'AT' and 'LCF' initials and much easier to appreciate how some of the figures in the engravings were made to look like characters in the film.
Now don't get me wrong, I purchased the CD for the music, and was not disappointed. Kilar did an excellent job of encapsulating the mood of the film in music, and it is great music to play late at night when you are researching something in your own library.
I only have one minor, qualified gripe: the violin piece played by the Fargas character is not included. I know it was technically not part of the soundtrack as it was essentially in the background and audible to the characters in the scene, but in the movie it was blended into Kilar's score so beautifully, and served to heighten the sense of tension and discovery so well that it is a shame not to have it on the CD. Like I said, this is a minor gripe, and I really cannot complain as adding sounds from the film to a soundtrack is always controversial, just look at what Vangelis did with 'Blade Runner!' No, Kilar's 'Ninth Gate' soundtrack is simply the music from the film without any additions or subtractions, starkly enigmatic and introspective.
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