Atonement [Music from the Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 2007 film Atonement represents a reunion of director Joe Wright, star Keira Knightley, composer Dario Marianelli, and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet from the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. Once again, the team concentrates on romance among the privileged in the English countryside, although Ian McEwan's 2002 novel is set in 1935 and the years thereafter, not in the 19th century. As far as the music is concerned, however, the time period might as well be the same. The typewriter that figures heavily on the opening track, "Briony," may not have been invented yet then, but Marianelli's main theme is so similar to one of Beethoven's that a lawsuit would have merit if ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 2007 film Atonement represents a reunion of director Joe Wright, star Keira Knightley, composer Dario Marianelli, and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet from the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. Once again, the team concentrates on romance among the privileged in the English countryside, although Ian McEwan's 2002 novel is set in 1935 and the years thereafter, not in the 19th century. As far as the music is concerned, however, the time period might as well be the same. The typewriter that figures heavily on the opening track, "Briony," may not have been invented yet then, but Marianelli's main theme is so similar to one of Beethoven's that a lawsuit would have merit if copyright had not lapsed long since. That sets the tone for the score, which is heavily Romantic in style, and which often plays out as a series of sonatas for piano and orchestra, as Thibaudet is featured heavily. The plot concerns a man's love for a woman, thwarted by the false accusations of a jealous younger sister, and continues on into the war years and beyond. So, musically, there is the chance to accompany not only romance, but also intrigue and armed conflict, and Marianelli makes the most of his opportunities, ranging from full orchestral pieces to "Love Letters," a duet for Thibaudet and cellist Caroline Dale. Pride & Prejudice earned Marianelli an Oscar nomination. Atonement brought him a second and on February 24, 2008, it won him his first Academy Award for original score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947661955
  • Catalog Number: 000982802
  • Sales rank: 92,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Briony - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1:45)
  2. 2 Robbie's Note - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (3:06)
  3. 3 Two Figures by a Fountain - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1:16)
  4. 4 Cee, You and Tea - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (2:27)
  5. 5 With My Own Eyes - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:41)
  6. 6 Farewell - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (3:32)
  7. 7 Love Letters - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (3:12)
  8. 8 The Half Killed - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (2:11)
  9. 9 Rescue Me - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (3:20)
  10. 10 Elegy for Dunkirk - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:15)
  11. 11 Come Back - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:28)
  12. 12 Denouement - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (2:29)
  13. 13 The Cottage on the Beach - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (3:25)
  14. 14 Atonement - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (5:23)
  15. 15 Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamas - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caroline Dale Cello
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Brendan Power Harmonica
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Piano
Benjamin Wallfisch Conductor
Technical Credits
Claude Debussy Composer
Jody Barratt Jenkins Programming
Maggie Rodford Score Coordinator
Nick Wollage Engineer
Dario Marianelli Composer
Jody K. Jenkins Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The brilliance of the music is unexplainable. When each note is played, my breath stops short. Elegy for Dunkirk might just be the definition of why the film is so beautiful...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    Absolutely Fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful. . . .

    This is hands-down the best score of the year so far. Marianelli's music is layered, moving, and smart in a way that most modern film scores are not. The inclusion of a typewriter as a percussion instrument serves many purposes story-wise, but also works wonderfully in terms of the actual music. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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