- Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
- Original Release Date: October 13, 2009
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Lakeshore Records
- ASIN: B002L5GQ3W
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bright Star Soundtrack
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Audio CD, Soundtrack, October 13, 2009
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This is an ideal recording to give as a gift to your girlfriend or boyfriend, perhaps this soundtrack was put together to be used for that very purpose.
The dialogue, though fitting and moving in its own right, really should not have been put on top of the music. It's all over. I'm guessing that's Campion's choice and frankly in my opinion, a poor one. If I wish to hear the music and the dialogue, I'll just watch the movie with my eyes closed.
But then, the other reviewers seem to really like it.
What to do, what to do?
Well, considering the cd is less that 24 minutes in length (with one track featuring ónly dialogue) how about having the CD feature the music both with and without music, it would fit easily. That missed opportunity is the other star taken. What an absolute shame.
The selections that follow demonstrate how melody, speech, and rhythm can come together and create an almost three-dimensional sensory experience that transports the listener INTO the film. I felt like an invisible entity listening in on Keats and Brawne. Particular high points include, "The Human Orchestra," an amazing vocal arrangement that sends chills down my spine every time I hear it, and actor Ben Whishaw's readings of Keats' poems "La Belle Dam Sans Merci" and "Ode to a Nightingale," understated performances that resonate with emotion.
So, although this soundtrack is not quite what I expected when I decided to purchase it, I am glad that I gave it a chance.
The music for Bright Star is by young Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, who collaborated with director Campion on several short films, and wrote music for several Australian theater productions prior to working on this, his first major feature film. The gimmick of the album is that all but three of the cues on Lakeshore's album are overlaid by recordings of lead actors Whishaw and Cornish reading some of Keats' most famous poetry. While this makes perfect sense in the context of the film, and allows fans to be reminded of the film's most romantic content, it unfortunately detracts enormously from Bradshaw's music, often obscuring some of the most beautiful writing on the CD, notably "Bright Star" and the conclusive "Ode to a Nightingale", which would otherwise have been wonderful, especially with the addition of solo vocalists in the latter. Bradshaw's music - that we can hear - is rooted in the `contemporary classical' style, with a small chamber orchestra augmented by a solo harpsichord, solo violin and low synth drones, which give the whole affair a dreamy, slightly timeless air that is quite appropriate given the quixotic nature of Keats' poetry.Read more ›
You will also be glad to know that the tracks include dialogue from the film, such as the scene where Fanny receives her first letter from Keats. As well, Ben Whishaw's recitation of La Belle Dame Sans Merci, the poem that he and Fanny recite together is included, as well as Whishaw's recitation of Ode to a Nightingale.
See the movie, and then buy the soundtrack.
How can one not hear the music and in their mind not hear the words spoken over it? This soundtrack just does that bit for you.
The music is stand-alone good but, the added dialogue from the film makes it even better in my mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What haunted, beautiful music...harpsichord, cello, the singing of Mozart with high treble, tenor and lower men's voices underneath. What an original composer! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephanie Cowell
Beautiful music and evocative, emotional words combine to make this a soul enriching listen.Published 14 months ago by James Hodges
Thank you so much for sent quickly.I got to that almost 2week early.Also I got it on my Birthday .Published on June 22, 2014 by emiko magarifuchi
I am an addict when it comes to Instrumental Soundtracks. I love listening to them when reading, going to bed, driving, studying, or just to sit for a few moments. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Patricia Leppla
I echo the sentiments of the previous reviewer. i don't own the cd - only because it's presently unavailable - but I have the movie DVD, so I go there when i need a listen. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Tom Clohessy