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The Tree Of Life (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Alexandre DesplatAudio CD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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After composing the music for over 50 European films and being nominated for 2 Cesar Awards, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his evocative score to GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING (starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth), which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B004V9J4L2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Childhood
2. Circles
3. Clouds
4. River
5. Awakening
6. Emergence of Life
7. Light & Darkness
8. Good & Evil
9. Motherhood
10. City of Glass
11. Fatherhood
12. Temptation
13. Skies

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402 of 410 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The List of Music Featured in 'The Tree of Life' July 9, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
"Funeral Canticle"
Written by John Tavener and Mother Thekla
Performed by George Mosley, Paul Goodwin
and the Academy of Ancient Music
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi USA

"Cosmic Beam Take 5"
Written and Performed by Francesco Lupica
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

"Symphony No. 1"
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Halász
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q

"Morning Prayers"
Written by Giya Kancheli
Courtesy of ECM Records

"Faunophonia Balkanica"
Written, Performed and Produced by Arsenije Jovanovic
Courtesy of Arsenije Jovanovic

"Wind Pipes"
Written and Performed by Michael Baird
Courtesy of Sharp Wood Records

Written, Performed and Produced by Arsenije Jovanovic
Courtesy of Arsenije Jovanovic

"Ta Há 1"
Written and Performed by Klaus Wiese
Courtesy of Aquamarin Verlag GmbH, Germany

"Snapshot from the Island"
Written and Performed by Tibor Szemzo
Courtesy of Leo Records

"Lacrimosa 2"
Composed by Zbigniew Preisner
Performed by Elzbieta Towarnicka (soprano) and the Sinfonia Varsovia
and the Varsov Chamber Choir, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk
Courtesy of New Music B.V.
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254 of 272 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this is not the soundtrack. July 3, 2011
By carlm78
Format:Audio CD
i understand that the composer Alexandre Desplat is very talented and wants his original score to be heard. however, his original score barely made it into the film. the music everyone hears in the film and makes a connection with is by Smetana, Mahler, Gorecki, Berlioz, Respighi, Bach, Couperin, Brahms, Holst, John Tavener, Zbigniew Preisner, and a host of others. I would venture to guess that of the wall to wall music in the perhaps 140 minute film, only 5 minutes of it, if that, was composed by Alexandre Desplat. I don't know if this is being released out of some contractual necessity, or just as a marketing gimmick, but this is not the soundtrack. If they wanted to really make some money, they would put The Moldau, the two selections from Berlioz's Requiem, Preisner's Lacrimosa from the creation sequence, Respighi's Siciliana, the Couperin piano adaptation, and a few others (perhaps the Brahms and Mahler excerpts), and make a double album out of it. but this is just a travesty releasing this and pretending like it's the soundtrack, when it's not even close to it. bad business.
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90 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shockingly deceptive, supremely disappointing August 8, 2011
By ct mom
Format:Audio CD
I have never returned anything on amazon before. never had to. when i saw the tag, "tree of life soundtrack", I thought I would indeed get a comp disc of something at least resembling the music used in the movie I had just seen. I placed the one click order without reading any reviews or looking at the listing of song clips and now I'm a sucker who just got played. I'm going to have to return the shipment as soon as it comes because the soundtrack I just ordered is alexander desplat and not the great classics used throughout the movie. What a shame. This is shockingly deceptive and supremely disappointing. It's ultimately my own fault for not reading below the fold but there's also clear deception at work here. Not every consumer will take the time to ameliorate their error by writing a cautionary review and going through the amazon return process. Some marketers base entire business models off this particular phenomenon, one with which they can make a modest profit off of lazy orderers (a group which includes myself) and plain old inertia that keeps folks from complaining and returning. I'll let you know how the returns process goes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
**Please Note: This review was written before I saw the film.

Terrence Malick is definitely one of and may be the single most important filmmaker of the medium. At least in my eyes. For me emotional connection through film comes from image and sound working together, and no other filmmaker crafts stories through image and sound like Malick. He's an auteur in every sense of the word and his films carry so much weight. In fact they carry so much that they have a lasting impact on the viewer for years or in my case a lifetime. They are crafted like fine wine as Malick is notorious for spending years and years working out minuscule details that all add deep emotional layers to the story that unfolds. From 1973 with his feature debut Badlands up till now he has only made five films: Badlands, Days Of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World and now The Tree Of Life. All these films are brilliant explorations of the human condition that rely specifically on how image and music work together. Terrence Malick also is known for being extremely fickle about music in his films. He uses a lot of classical music to edit to and in many instances he keeps them in the film. No composer has worked with him more than once either, which either suggests he is difficult to work with or he seeks out different styles for each project. It's hard to say since Malick is the J.D. Salinger of the film world and does not do interviews. His first film, Badlands had no original score and was mostly Carl Orff. With Days Of Heaven he worked with Ennio Morricone and the result was stunning. Hans Zimmer then composed one of the greatest scores of all time with The Thin Red Line. In The New World there was a lot of Richard Wagner used but James Horner's original score did add to the tapestry of the soundscape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I bought this CD because of the vocal music in ...
I bought this CD because of the vocal music in the movie, none of which is included here. Very disappointing
Published 2 months ago by William Paull
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I buy this?
I really liked the movie. For some reason I must have thought the soundtrack went well with the picture, but as a stand alone soundtrack, I just could not listen to it!
Published 7 months ago by Daniel A. Borg
1.0 out of 5 stars Very small subset of the music in the movie
The CD includes a very small subset of the beautiful music in the movie. There are 38 musical pieces in the movie and all the good ones aren't on the CD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musical score
Excellent musical score, however, whatever had vocals in the movie where not on the CD. Very sad not to have on CD also. Vocal music was very beautiful too. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chandra Dzoch
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bad it wasn't in the movie!
Beautiful music, but most of it didn't actually make it into the movie. I'll keep it anyway. x x x
Published 15 months ago by Daniel A. Anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment
I can't believe Alexander Desplat completely dropped the ball on this one after his excellent score for Extremely Loud/Incredibly Close. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sassa Frass
1.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to The Tree of Life
This soundtrack was apparently produced with about half the music heard in the movie. It was terrible. The shipping and price were terrific, nor was it misrepresented. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Tree of Life Original Sound Track
The seller was good, shipment prompt, product in good condition.

I was disappointed in the contents of the CD. I expected ALL the music to be included. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Chalkpony
2.0 out of 5 stars Everything but the GREAT music in The Tree Of Life
All due respect to composer Alexandre Desplat and his admirers - this collection of his background music for The Tree Of Life is often stirring, and the two stars are for him. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Nimitta
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cinematic score
Having read most of the reviews, mine is about the music and not the content and what it might be lacking. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by mhouse
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