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listen  3. Circus FantasyJames Newton Howard 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jacob Sees MarlenaJames Newton Howard 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Button Up Your Overcoat (excerpt)Ruth Etting0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Prosze, Rosie, daj nogeJames Newton Howard 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. RosieJames Newton Howard 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)James Newton Howard 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Jacob ReturnsJames Newton Howard 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Don't Tell Him What Happened To MeJames Newton Howard 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Shooting StarJames Newton Howard 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Job Is YoursJames Newton Howard0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl (Album Version)Bessie Smith 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Stomp Time BluesJasper Taylor And His State Street Boys 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Can See Straight Through YouJames Newton Howard 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. SanctuaryJames Newton Howard 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Baptism / Jacob & RosieJames Newton Howard 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Stampede / I'm Coming HomeJames Newton Howard 8:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B004Q56748
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In addition to five Depression-era songs, The Water for Elephants score is by Grammy®-winning composer James Newton Howard whose film music has been nominated five times for an Academy Award® (Michael Clayton, The Village, My Best Friend s Wedding, The Fugitive, Prince of Tides). Howard has recently collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the record-breaking Batman series; their score for The Dark Knight won the 2008 Grammy® for Best Score Soundtrack Album.

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Nice to work with people who mean what they say and say what they mean in descriptions.
Karen L. Glenn
The music carries the listener on a very emotionally weighted journey through simple and elegant melodies.
Kaya Savas
It was excellent, very enjoyable to listen to and the music made a fitting background to the movie.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on April 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Water for Elephants is a romantic drama based on a popular novel by Sara Gruen. It stars Twilight's Robert Pattinson as Jacob Jankowski, a young veterinarian during the great depression who leaves his Ivy League school and takes a job with a travelling circus looking after the animals after his parents are killed. It is there that he meets and falls in love with Marlena Rosenbluth (Reese Witherspoon), the circus's star performer - despite the fact that she is married to August (Christoph Waltz), the circus's head animal trainer and ringmaster, who has a deeply cruel streak. The film was directed by Francis Lawrence, co-stars Hal Holbrook, Paul Schneider and Jim Norton, and has a quite lovely score by James Newton Howard, reuniting with director Lawrence after their collaboration in I Am Legend in 2007.

A gentle, intimate work written for the most part for a full orchestra, Water for Elephants is a bit of a departure from Howard's most recent works, many of which have tended to emphasize action and tension over romantic passions, and as such this score comes across as a breath of fresh air. Howard hasn't been able to get out this particular bag of tricks to this extent in many years, and it's a timely reminder that he is a much more well-rounded and versatile composer than his recent filmography suggests.

There's quite a bit of Alexandre Desplat, quite a bit of Thomas Newman, and a little bit of early James Horner in this score, in terms of tone, structure and orchestration, and although these elements clearly represent a little bit of temp-track bleed-through on the part of director Lawrence, the music does not suffer because of it - on the contrary, the blending of his own style with that of these contemporaries makes the score a very engaging listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Christesson on April 29, 2011
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They may not write movie scores like they used to, but James Newton Howard comes pretty darn close, with his excellent score to WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. The music here is wistful and yearning, exciting and poignant. With its clarinet solos, it is reminiscent of moments in Bernstein's masterpiece, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. This is a very satisfying and evocative score, but I DO have one quibble: Where's the memorable love theme? Come on! This is a big romantic story and could easily support a love song a la "Lara's Theme," or "Three Coins in the Fountain." I know, I'm hopelessly old fashioned, and this is a great score, song or no song. Just can't help but wish . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie on May 15, 2011
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the music wants to make you cry a beautiful masterpiece in the film and the music that goes with it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Grant on April 28, 2011
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This is a beautiful soundtrack. My favorites are Circus Fantasy and Rosie, but all of the songs take you right back to the film, which I loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 21, 2011
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Soundtracks are the evolutionary heirs to the symphonies and operas of the past centuries. Some are good, others are bad, a rare few are timeless masterpieces. This is one of those rare cases when the music that accompanies and compliments a movie manages to escape the silver screen and stand on its own.

James Newton Howard manages to capture an era and an atmosphere; the desire and the desperation; the hope and the apprehension. I have not seen the movie yet (I will definitely do so now) but this mesmerizing music is able to create an endless imagery in my mind, an imagery composed from a full set of emotional colors.

The album sets off with the romantic "Did I miss it" which defines the theme and the pace. In between, the instrumental pieces pay around the theme, using it as a spring board to complete their own dive into our soul.
I disagree with the notion that the five Big Band and Gospel period songs are out of place. I found most of them to fit nicely and give a reprise from the instrumental narration.
The very last track, "The Stampede - I 'm coming home", ends in a majestic note.

This is one of the best soundtracks I have ever owned - and that is neither an exaggeration nor a small feat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Glenn on November 8, 2011
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Very beautiful, romantic, haunting and fun music for this super great movie!! The CD was in excellent condition, as promised, and it arrived lighning fast!!! I would recommend this music to classical fans and fun music fans...it is so great. I will buy from this seller again anytime. I have no complaints only praise!! Nice to work with people who mean what they say and say what they mean in descriptions. Thanks so much!Bought this thru AMAZON and always do!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hayes-Lies on June 4, 2011
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I truly enjoyed the book and adored the movie...The music of course
correspondes with that era of the late 20's and early 30's. If you are
as eclectic in your music choices as I am, you will truly enjoy this
beautiful CD...It is very calming and a treat for the ears after a long
day at the office...Do yourself a favor and try this out...You will not
be sorry...Water For Elephants
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HardyBoy64 VINE VOICE on May 20, 2011
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For the sheer beauty of the instrumental score, I give this score 5 stars. James Newton Howard shows once again why he can compete with the best of Hollywood composers. The gorgeous themes of this score are haunting and ethereal and this is my favorite score of the year (followed closely by JANE EYRE by Marianelli). What I love about it is that he infuses the circus theme into the music in a very subtle way and although the circus theme does come out strongly at one point (the TENT track), for the most part it appears in a minimized way, allowing the beautiful strings and clarinet to hold the attention of the listener. The period pieces, while they may remind one of the film and perhaps they fit into the film perfectly, do not contribute to the stand-alone listening experience of the score, so I skip them. The first one is a short 30-second clip that fades beautifully into the score, so I quite like that one. The other jazzy vocals are not why I listen to this amazing score. In fact, the "I need a little sugar in my bowl" song is just too over-the-top for me. I guess you could call this a "flaw" in the score, but the instrumental pieces are just too stunning to remove a star from my recommendation. Great music here!
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