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Band of Brothers: Music From The HBO Miniseries Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B0034BW8YS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alex Diaz-Granados on June 13, 2004
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One of the truly outstanding scores composed for a television series was the late Michael Kamen's music for the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," a 10-part adaptation of the late Stephen E. Ambrose's non-fiction book about E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Executive produced by Ambrose, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg, this monumental miniseries follows an elite light infantry unit from its training stages at Camp Toccoa, GA to the 11-month campaign in Northwest Europe, starting from the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 to the surrender of Germany and E Company's capture of Hitler's private "Eagle's Nest" in Bavaria.
When I finally saw the first episodes of "Band of Brothers" on the History Channel a few weeks ago and heard the strains of the "Main Theme" (Track 1), the credits had not finished rolling, and because the style was similar to John Williams' music for Saving Private Ryan, I said to myself, "Oh, what a beautiful Williams contribution!" Instead of being an overtly "warrior music" theme with heavy use of brass and snare drums (think of almost every pre-1970s war movie or TV-show military show, or even today's "Theme from JAG"), the Main Theme features a more melancholic approach, featuring a full orchestra (London Metropolitan Orchestra) and voices, very much in the same vein as "Hymn For the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan. Pure Williams, I thought, and certainly not without precedent; the composer has long teamed with Spielberg, working with the director/producer in all but one of his major movies. Williams has also written quite a few TV themes, including Land of the Giants, Amazing Stories, and the NBC Nightly News theme "The Mission."
Imagine my astonishment when I saw the credit "Music by Michael Kamen.
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l have just finished listening to the entire soundtrack and felt obligated to write a review so that other people can feel the same amazement that l did when experiencing this soundtrack. That is important. You do not listen to this soundtrack - you experience it.
It is very difficult to describe this soundtrack. It evokes so many themes in so many different ways. For those of you familiar with the works of other film music composers, the best description l can give is that the composer, Michael Kamen, combines the delicate rolling sounds of James Horner (A Beautiful Mind) with the action-packed tempo that is characteristic of John Williams (Jurassic Park, Jaws, Apollo 13).
The music stands very well on its own. You could listen to this music at any time of the day. At work, in the car, while you are falling to sleep, doing the dishes - anything. l bought it in particular for background music while l am studying and always feel inspired, no matter which track l am listening to. Whether it is the all too familiar Main Theme (Track 1), the serious, determined sound of The Mission Begins (Track 4), the despairing but hopeful mood in Bull's Theme (Track 10) or the intricate folk melody and vocals contained within Plaisir D'Amour (Track 14), you will be nothing short of breathless by the end.
Through headphones or speakers, the sound is first-rate. Full bodied bass and light as a feather treble will give you goosebumps in no time. You can easily picture the movie playing out in your mind as the CD spins away. l suppose a good measure of any soundtrack is its ability to enhance and not detract from the picture - as though it maintains a subtle yet inseperable presence. Such is the case with Band of Brothers.
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In the Band of Brothers soundtrack, Michael Kamen has composed and arranged a work of music that testifies to the heroism and great sacrifice made by those who served in the war. He brings out the pathos and courage through beautifully simple melodic themes and deep rich harmonies that are very moving.
The main theme is majestically stirring, with brass and violins stating the theme, which is complemented by an arrangement of choral voices. This soundtrack helps drive home one of the primary themes of the excellent HBO series- war is a very complex, chaotic, and harrowing experience, in which suffering and death strike suddenly and leaving lasting scars- both physical and emotional, but the courage of the human spirit, comradery and love triumph over the evils of war.
Whether you have seen the HBO series or not, you will be moved by this powerful work of music.
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Michael Kamen is one of the most under-recognized musicians in Hollywood today. He has worked with the likes of Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Sting, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and David Sanborne (among others). He has written numerous soundtracks and has composed many orchestral scores for Rock bands thru the years. This album is a compilation of some of his best work.
I have always found Kamen's music hauntingly nostalgic. The Julliard product's emotional energy is injected into everything he writes. This CD contains his music from movies such as "Highlander" "Mr. Holland's Opus" (hence the allusion in the title) "Die Hard" and others. Fans of Kamen will recognize that the theme from Stromness he actually "borrowed" from the saxaphone concerto which he wrote for David Sanborne. It is played nicely here on a French Horn.
This is a good CD for anyone who likes Kamen's music, or enjoys showtunes / movie soundtracks. Most people will probably recognize at least one theme off this album, although they may not have the slightest idea who wrote it. 8-)
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