Shutter Island Soundtrack
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The soundtrack produced by Robbie Robertson, & executively produced by Martin Scorsese.
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Ligeti's 'Lontano', an old favourite of mine, is also used to great effect in Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining', a movie that evoked similar emotions with me (although I consider 'The Shining' a truly great movie).
1. Ingram Marshall - Fog Tropes
2. Krysztof Penderecki - Symphony No. 3 - IV. Passacaglia - Allegro moderato
3. John Cage - Music for Marcel Duchamp
4. Nam June Paik - Hommage à John Cage
5. György Ligeti - Lontano
6. Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel 2
7. Johnnie Ray - Cry
8. Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight
9. Giacinto Scelsi - Uaxuctum - III. [untitled]
10. Gustav Mahler - Quartet in A minor for piano and strings
1. John Adams - Christian Zeal and Activity
2. Lou Harrison - Suite for Symphonic Strings - IX. Nocturne
3. Brian Eno - Lizard Point
4. Alfred Schnittke - Four Hymns - II. For Cello and Double Bass
5. John Cage - Root of an Unfocus
6. Ingram Marshall - Alctraz - I. Prelude: The Bay
7. Lonnie Johnson - Tomorrow Night
8. Max Richter/Dinah Washington - On the Nature of Daylight/This Bitter Earth
For anyone interested in contemporary classical music, some of the composers represented here will be familiar names, for instance, John Cage, Krzysztof Penderecki and Alfred Schnittke. Others, like Max Richter, were unknown to me. Richter's On The Nature Of Daylight is a haunting piece and features twice on the soundtrack, the second time in a memorable mash-up with Dinah Washington's This Bitter Earth. A real bonus is a complete performance at the end of CD 1 of Gustav Mahler's only chamber piece, his Piano Quartet in A minor written when he was only sixteen.
The music on this double CD was clearly chosen with great care and intelligence by Robbie Robertson. He has created a collection that will appeal on several levels. Those who have seen the film can acquire a musical memento of Martin Scorsese's extraordinary achievement.Read more ›
Songs that are alone worth the price of the CD include the utterly gorgeous and hope-inspiring composition On the Nature of Daylight by composer Max Richter. Lontano and Symphony #3 are beautifully composed works that lend to the sinister feel of the film.
Some of the songs (Music for Marcel Duchamp) are incredibly stark with almost no instrumentation, but still add to the foreboding feel of the movie. Songs like Lizard Point and Prelude - The Bay add a floating, atmospheric element to the score. And a few tracks aren't even what you'd consider music, such as the sound-effect driven Hommage a John Cage. Robertson does effectively keep with the time period for the movie, with 1952 tracks like Cry (crooner Johnnie Ray) and 1948 blues ballad Tomorrow Night (Lonnie Johnson).
These aren't CDs that you would necessarily play from start to finish like those of a movie with an entirely orchestral score, but the music is still haunting and beautiful. It's a must have for anyone that's a fan of movie scores.
Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that Robbie Robertson - best known to me as the guitarist for The Band - should be the supervisor of this score, but it was. It just wasn't what I had associated him with. Still, I think he has constructed a superbly affecting collage, often eerie, punctuated by oddly perky popular music from the time period of the film, which, embedded next to pieces such as Penderecki's Allegro Moderato from his symphony #3, seem to take on a bizarre, disjointed meaning completely in keeping with the nature of the film's themes. There are two selections that I am simply incapable of appreciating yet: Nam June Paik's Hommage Á John Cage, with its frankly unnerving re-mix of distorted, disembodied voices, and then a piece by John Cage himself - Root of an Unfocus, where the insistent percussive tones are, I think, an acquired taste.Read more ›
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If I could give this zero stars I would. The music is good, what I can make out of it, my gripe is with the seller, as when I try to play the CD it's clearly defective. Read morePublished 10 months ago by In a Sense
This is a great soundtrack featuring music that is a wonderful accompaniment to the drama amd that is strong as a stand alone work. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Mae Adamson
Movie was ok but the music is what I remembered.So great to have a CD to listen to anytime.
Moving and unusal music!
When I was watching 'Shutter Island' -and I didn't knew a thing about the soundtrack then- the music caught my attention every time (in a very positive way). Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by L.H.
... was the music. (And I liked the movie a lot)
I don't normally enjoy compliation soundtracks - I'm more interested in movie scores or hearing classical pieces in... Read more
Movie Soundtrack recordings are both curious and frustrating. In the case of the soundtrack for the film SHUTTER ISLAND there is another mission: musical 'curator' Robbie... Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Grady Harp