Red Cliff (Ost) CD (2009)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview


Label Silva Screen Records
SKU 212627756
UPC 738572129620
UPC 14 00738572129620
Format CD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Author Various
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Masashi Gotoh; Akira Fukada; Masanori Tamura
Producer Taro Iwashiro; Nobuhito Ikehata
CatalogID 1296
Lable Name Silva Screen
Released 11/10/2009
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00738572129620
Album Notes and Credits
Director John Woo's Red Cliff is a big-budget ("the most expensive Asian film production of all time," says a press release) historical war epic set in China in the year 208 A.D. But Taro Iwashiro's score, performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, suggests the influence of Hollywood (and European classical music) more than Chinese history. The orchestra is joined by Michiko Akao on solo Japanese transverse bamboo flute and Tan Jianping on ancient Chinese harp (plus MIDI programming by Hide Fukasawa), but right from the start, with "The Battle of Red Cliff," this is the music of the Hollywood epic, with engaging, uplifting themes played on massed strings. Iwashiro makes much of use of timpani to give things a martial air, but that seems not so much Chinese as military in flavor. He finally introduces a Chinese theme in "Shooooot!," one of the soundtrack album's shortest cues. And Chinese J-pop star alan gets a couple of gentle vocal performances toward the end. But for the most part, Iwashiro has composed a score that might have accompanied a Biblical epic in Cinerama in the 1950s or one of the space operas of the 1970s. Much of this score could have been composed by, say, Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams, implying that the language of film music, when it comes to movies made on a grand scale, has long since become universal.
Disc 1
1 Red Cliff: The Battle of Red Cliff
2 Red Cliff: On the Battlefield
3 Red Cliff: Light of the Evanescence
4 Red Cliff: Shadow of the Evanescence
5 Red Cliff: Shooooot!
6 Red Cliff: Decision for Justice
7 Red Cliff: Secret Stratagem
8 Red Cliff: Closing in upon the Enemy
9 Red Cliff: Unseen Locus
10 Red Cliff: Precious One
11 Red Cliff: Sound of the Heartstrings
12 Red Cliff: In Loneliness
13 Red Cliff: Beyond the River
14 Red Cliff: Red Cliff (End Roll Version) / Theme Song of Part 1 (Asia Version)
15 Red Cliff: Outroduction of Legend
16 Red Cliff: Red Cliff "River of No Return" (End Roll Version) / Theme Song
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