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For Greater Glory: The True Story Of Cristiada Soundtrack

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James Horner's score for the 2012 motion picture that is set in the so-called 'Cristeros War' in Mexico in the late 1920s.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B008YEX5RO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G M. Stathis on November 7, 2012
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This past year has been an interesting one for James Horner including one major score, "The Amazing Spiderman," and music for two rather obscure films, "Black Gold" and "For Greater Glory." Not surprisingly, all three scores are of high quality and provided that essential and special added touch to each film. Horner's "Spiderman" score expectedly suffered in comparison to Danny Elfman's earlier work for the first of the recent "Spidy" incarnations which is too bad for Horner's interpretation had a good deal to recommend itself. "Black Gold" seemed to be a score looking for a film. In fact there was a film, but it proved hard to find, but again Horner's music was a significant addition; indeed, this is a fine score which certainly worked well on the screen and stood very well on its own combining Middle Eastern motifs into an orchestral score. "For Greater Glory" had a brief release and was generally dismissed by a viewing public that had trouble determining whether this was a serious faith-based story or an historical action film. The film offered Horner the chance to return to motifs that had worked so wonderfully well for him with two "Zorro" films some years ago and again he was successful. Opening with a church bell and vocals Horner quickly leads to one of several themes that are very good indeed. Bells and choral arrangement appear throughout the film and embellish the work significantly. The government is given a characteristically menacing theme common to Horner's scores and there are action cues that seem familiar but are also well done. The signature themes and motifs appear in the first four cuts and are especially notable in "We're Cristeros Now" and the following cue, "Goro and Tula.Read more ›
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This is quite possibly my favorite soundtrack from my favorite film composer (a close call though as Horner did such an excellent job with Glory, Braveheart, and Titanic). For Greater Glory is an excellent film in itself powerfully dramatizing the struggle of Mexican Catholics in the 1920s fighting and dying for their religious freedom. I highly recommend the film but this review is primarily for the soundtrack.

In some ways, For Greater Glory echoes some of Horner's earlier works. Although some critics do not like this aspect, I feel that adapting and improving material can be very effective. In this case it makes for very enjoyable musical composition. Once again Horner teams up with the London Symphony Orchestra (they also worked with him for Braveheart). This time though the ethnic themes brought into the classical composition are Spanish/Mexican. In particular the Spanish vocal chorus is lovely and sometimes haunting. At least three of the compositions include the chorus at some point but each with a different emphasis and sound. The opening is beautiful with the chorus seeming to float as if through the heavens (the opening of the film incidentally depicts clouds so it goes together very nicely). The concluding "Just Another Chapter of History" superbly emphasizes both tragedy and the epic heroism of the Cristiada. The most powerful use of the chorus in my view is "Jose's Martyrdom" which occurs as perhaps both the most heartbreaking and the most inspiring moment of the film. The chorus begins with a particularly haunting and tragic note with what seems to be a bell tolling faintly in the background.
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From the movie, the actors, story behind the film, down to the soundtrack...EXCELLENT! A great James Horner soundtrack, an absolute must have! Loved the soundtrack, the day I heard it on the movie.
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This score is the most striking one I've ever heard. When I first saw the movie (without really knowing anything about it), it was Horner's familiar motifs and gentle new themes that drew me in and left me in tears. Thank God for James Horner!
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Inspiring, beautiful, and deeply moving. The music stands on its own. Horner's done some wonderful work in the past, but this is his best yet.
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I LOVE THE MUSIC & THE MOVIE,TOO.
THE BEST OF THE BEST EVER, AMAZING & INSPIRING!
YOU SHOULD SEE IT
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