Band of Brothers

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Michael Kamen's score for the television miniseries reflects the overall tone of the project. Band of Brothers is a fact-based account of a group of American soldiers preparing for and fighting in the European theater in the latter part of World War II, and it has a serious, heroic tone consistent with the "greatest generation" trend in such depictions of the war. Thus, Kamen echoes Late Romantic classical music, with sweeping strings and deliberate piano patterns for a majestic, if somewhat sad mood. The series has scenes of violent action, but Kamen doesn't seem to have been called upon to support them with music. Rather, he creates cues for many of the individual ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Michael Kamen's score for the television miniseries reflects the overall tone of the project. Band of Brothers is a fact-based account of a group of American soldiers preparing for and fighting in the European theater in the latter part of World War II, and it has a serious, heroic tone consistent with the "greatest generation" trend in such depictions of the war. Thus, Kamen echoes Late Romantic classical music, with sweeping strings and deliberate piano patterns for a majestic, if somewhat sad mood. The series has scenes of violent action, but Kamen doesn't seem to have been called upon to support them with music. Rather, he creates cues for many of the individual soldiers ("Winters on Subway," "Nixon's Walk") and for smaller scenes ("Boy Eats Chocolate"). "Plaisir d'Amour" features an a cappella children's choir, and Beethoven's "String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131" fits right in. The longest cue is also the darkest, the 11-minute "Discovery of the Camp," as the soldiers come upon a German concentration camp. That gives a good sense of the overall sound of the score to a work in which the heroism of the characters is contrasted with the evil that they confronted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886976085728
  • Catalog Number: 760857
  • Sales rank: 11,481

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Kamen Primary Artist, Conductor
John Barclay Trumpet
Caroline Dale Cello
Robin McGee Bass
Guy Protheroe Choir Master
Maciej Rakowski Violin
Jonathan Snowden Flute
Peter Manning Violin
London Metropolitan Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Contempo String Quartet
Simon Mulligan Piano
Dave Lee Horn
Moya Brennan Vocals
John Anderson Oboe
Sally Heath Piano
Julie Andrews Bassoon
John Carney Violin
Jonathan Rees Violin
Zoe Kamen Vocals
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Michael Kamen Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Peter Cobbin Engineering
Gary Goetzman Executive Producer
Tom Hanks Executive Producer
Dick Lewzey Engineering
Stephen McLaughlin Engineering
Michael Price Producer
Geoff Foster Engineering
Delphine Robertson Soundtrack Supervisor
Geoffrey Alexander Orchestration
Gabrielle Raumberger Art Direction
Tony Bridge Mastering
Robert Elhai Orchestration
Deva Anderson Soundtrack Supervisor
James Brett Producer
Blake Neely Orchestration
Chad M. Goodson Art Direction
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