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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The score for director James Cameron's epic 3-D sci-fi adventure Avatar was composed by longtime collaborator James Horner, who won an Oscar for his work on the director's 1997 blockbuster, Titanic. Never one to shy away from familiar motifs, the vaguely wistful, mostly magical main theme that weaves its way throughout the film relies unapologetically on the composer's Titanic love theme (try humming the first three notes of the chorus to the Horner-penned Celine Dion smash "My Heart Will Go On"), but the overall feel of the score owes more to Ennio Morricone's iconic work on The Mission, utilizing an atmospheric blend of native drums and choirs with lush, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The score for director James Cameron's epic 3-D sci-fi adventure Avatar was composed by longtime collaborator James Horner, who won an Oscar for his work on the director's 1997 blockbuster, Titanic. Never one to shy away from familiar motifs, the vaguely wistful, mostly magical main theme that weaves its way throughout the film relies unapologetically on the composer's Titanic love theme (try humming the first three notes of the chorus to the Horner-penned Celine Dion smash "My Heart Will Go On"), but the overall feel of the score owes more to Ennio Morricone's iconic work on The Mission, utilizing an atmospheric blend of native drums and choirs with lush, traditional adventure orchestration. The album is rounded out with Leona Lewis' torch ballad "I See You."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2009
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678957611
  • Catalog Number: 521681
  • Sales rank: 8,714

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leona Lewis Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Richard Todd Horn
James Horner Conductor
Joan Beal Vocals
William Booth Trombone
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Ronald Clark Violin
Randy Crenshaw Vocals
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Michael Fisher Percussion
Simon Franglen Synthesizer, Piano
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Endre Granat Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin, Concert Master
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Clydene Jackson Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Roland Kato Viola
Miran Kojian Violin
Dane Little Cello
Maria Newman Viola
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Barry Perkins Trumpet
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Kim Scholes Cello
Jim Self Tuba
David Shostac Flute
Haim Shtrum Violin
George Thatcher Trombone
Carmen Twillie Vocals
Ian Underwood Synthesizer, Piano
Roger Wilkie Violin
Terry Wood Vocals
Elin Carlson Vocals
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Daniel Kelley Horn
Peter Limonick Percussion
Donald Williams Timpani
David Ewart Violin
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Julius Green Vocals
Natalie Leggett Violin
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard Cello
Timothy Landauer Cello
Rafael Rishik Violin
Lisbeth Scott Vocals
Jennie Hansen Viola
Nico Abondolo Bass
Shawn Mann Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Robert Sanders Trombone
Antony Cooke Cello
Ed Levy Vocals
David Washburn Trumpet
David Parmeter Bass
Paul Klintworth Horn
Keith Greene Viola
Mark Beasom Vocals
Steven Gordon Viola
Edie Lehmann Boddicker Vocals
Frances Wu Bass
Roberto Cani Violin
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Sean McDermott Vocals
Michael Valerio Bass
Andrew Schulman Cello
Oscar Hidalgo Cello
Samuel Formicola Viola
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Reid Bruton Vocals
Aimee Kreston Violin
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Sungil Lee Violin
Amy Fogerson Vocals
Cassandra Richburg Viola
Shalini Vijayan Violin
Alyssa Park Violin
Jonathan Mack Vocals
Andrew Malloy Trombone
Claire Fedoruk Vocals
Stephen Grimm Vocals
Jenny Kim Horn
Joshua Ranz Clarinet
Andrew Duckles Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
Henry Gronnier Violin
Kimberly Switzer Vocals
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Gerald White Vocals
Tonoccus Mcclain Vocals
Radu Pieptea Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Mark Adams Horn
Robert Brophy Viola
Shawn Kirchner Vocals
Scott Graff Vocals
Marc Pritchett Vocals
Sharmila Guha Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Drea Pressley Vocals
Gina Coletti Viola
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Chris Gambol Vocals
Thomas Diener Viola
Alex Iles Trombone
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Jennifer Graham Vocals
Leanna Brand Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Nowak Viola
Michael Lichtenauer Vocals
David Duke Horn
Donna Medine Vocals
James Thatcher Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Michael Geiger Vocals
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Andrei Golovin Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Aaron Martin Synthesizer, Piano
Karen Hogle Brown Vocals
Steven Becknell Horn
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Ayana Haviv Vocals
Elissa Johnston Vocals
Dave Everson Horn
Matthew Funes Viola
Timothy Morrison Trumpet
Chris Mann Vocals
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Lara Wickes Oboe
Nike St. Clair Vocals
Michele Hemmings Vocals
Mark Edward Smith Vocals
Gregg Geiger Vocals
Peter Jandula-Hudson Viola
Geraldine Rotella Flute
Daniel Chaney Vocals
Radka Varimezova Vocals
Luca Franglen Treble Vocals
Lika Miyake Vocals
Kevin Connolly Violin
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
Nicholas Dodd Orchestration
James Horner Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Simon Franglen Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
J.A.C. Redford Orchestration
Tom Steel Stage Manager
Simon Rhodes Producer, Engineering
Kuk Harrell Lyricist
Tim Lauber Engineering
Craig Kallman Executive Producer
Tom Cavanaugh Music Business Affairs
Kevin Weaver Executive Producer
Jon Kull Orchestration
Dominic Gonzales Stage Manager
James Cameron Liner Notes
James Lopez Marketing
Jasper Randall Choir Contractor
Carolyn Tracey Package Production
Erica Bellarosa Music Business Affairs
David J. Harrigan III Art Direction
Gemma La Mana Session Photographer
Denis St. Amand Engineer
Gary Thomas Orchestration
Sylvia Wells Music Scoring Coordination
Rob Gold Art Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Avatar Music

    My daughters wanted to get the soundtrack immediately after seeing the movie. It has some good music.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Moving

    I just purchased this DVD. The music is very moving and powerful. With my eyes closed I can imagine that Im in the movie theatre. The only negative I can say is that there are parts of this soundtrack that sounds like the main score of Titanic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AVATAR MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

    I bought this for my son, and he absolutely loves the movie and soundtrack. He is in high school and plays it quite a bit while doing his homework. I listened to a couple of the songs, and it was soothing and somewhat inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I listen to this CD every day - it is haunting and beautiful!!! Best ever!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Avatar Soundtrack

    If you have seen the movie Avatar, then the music is excellent listening because you already know the music. For me it is excellent Meditation music and is also helps me to go deep within myself. The music brings out the vibrations of Nature and Inner Self work!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful soundtrack!

    Beautiful soundtrack from the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. The music from Avatar reminds me of this wonderful film every time I listen to it. Very highly recommended!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Cirque

    Loved the movie, saw it twice, liked the music.

    This soundtrack reminds me of music in Cirque performances. Very easy to listen to. Certain tracks gave me flashbacks of some of the scenes in the movie.

    Overall I'm quite happy with this purchase.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect for listening to when you want action and passion

    I find myself humming the love song to Avatar. It is so soothing and you can create your own pictures as you listen.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's great even without having seen the movie.

    Perhaps I'm biased because I'm a HUGE James Horner fan, but this soundtrack is superb.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie Music

    Very original, moving music that has elements of the scenes depicted. Much more meaningful after seeing the movie. This album would be a good study in Movie music, but not great as a solo album. Each track doesn't seem complete. The songs wander and have little direction (Except for the last one of course). But as a musician, to study how instrumentation, chord progression etc affects mood, this album is a good example.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good soundtrack...reminds me of something

    I enjoyed listening to this soundtrack. Actually it seems he reused strains from his awesome Glory soundtrack throughout this one. The tribal feel helps carry this soundtrack. If your a fan of Horner, this would not be out of place in your collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fresh sound

    Fills the room with pleasure.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Unique Soundtrack I've Heard

    my goodness. I bought this soundtrack off of what I'd heard in the movie and on Youtube. I thought: "Eh...this seems interesting." It turns out, when I played it in my room, I couldn't STOP listening. James Horner has delivered on of the most origional soundtracks I've heard...ever! He incorporates indigeounous vocals with pounding percussions, and the driving, compelling melodies are perfect. I find myself singing along with the choir in my favortie song. I recommend this CD without any second thoughts: BUY IT! The best tracks to me are "The Bioluminescence of the forest," "Becoming one of the People," "Shutting Down Grace's Lab," and "Gathering all the Na'vi clans for battle." This CD is astonishing, and I listen to it more than any of my other soundtracks.

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