Fargo/Barton Fink

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All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
Carter Burwell's darkly mysterious orchestrations play a significant stylistic role in both Barton Fink and Fargo, two of the best films from acclaimed independent filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, particularly in light of the oft-violent content of the Coens' stories: violence can of course be laughable when the characters are too goofy to be believed, and tragic when the characters are too believable to be goofy, but the Coen brothers' creations are somewhere in between. They strike a precarious balance between a broadly comic Beckett-esque absurdism and a more straightforward, three-dimensional naturalism. Consequently, Burwell's grave, sweeping scores are a crucial ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
Carter Burwell's darkly mysterious orchestrations play a significant stylistic role in both Barton Fink and Fargo, two of the best films from acclaimed independent filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, particularly in light of the oft-violent content of the Coens' stories: violence can of course be laughable when the characters are too goofy to be believed, and tragic when the characters are too believable to be goofy, but the Coen brothers' creations are somewhere in between. They strike a precarious balance between a broadly comic Beckett-esque absurdism and a more straightforward, three-dimensional naturalism. Consequently, Burwell's grave, sweeping scores are a crucial reassurance that the Coens are not taking their characters' personal tragedies less seriously than are their audiences. Most of the tracks on this CD are from Fargo, reprising the heartbreakingly elegiac theme several times over in orchestral versions and in sparse violin arrangements that echo the folk music indigenous to the snow-swept northern territories of the film. The Barton Fink tracks feature similarly foreboding strings, but like the movie itself, the music is more experimental and offbeat than Fargo. Burwell incorporates detuned pianos, tapping typewriters, and running water into the score. Music shoppers should be forewarned that Burwell has not written extended cues for the CD, so the music often begins and ends haltingly in 30-second increments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/1996
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581801028
  • Catalog Number: 8010
  • Sales rank: 13,100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fargo, North Dakota - The Orchestra (2:48)
  2. 2 Moose Lake - The Orchestra (0:41)
  3. 3 A Lot of Woe - The Orchestra (0:53)
  4. 4 Forced Entry - The Orchestra (1:23)
  5. 5 The Ozone - The Orchestra (0:58)
  6. 6 The Trooper's End - The Orchestra (1:04)
  7. 7 Chewing on It - The Orchestra (0:53)
  8. 8 Rubber Necking - The Orchestra (2:05)
  9. 9 Dance of the Sierra - The Orchestra (1:25)
  10. 10 The Mallard - The Orchestra (1:02)
  11. 11 Delivery - The Orchestra (4:47)
  12. 12 Bismark, North Dakota - The Orchestra (1:04)
  13. 13 Paul Bunyan - The Orchestra (0:34)
  14. 14 The Eager Beaver - The Orchestra (3:13)
  15. 15 Brainerd, Minnesota - The Orchestra (2:41)
  16. 16 Safe Keeping - The Orchestra (1:45)
  17. 17 Fade In - The Orchestra (1:08)
  18. 18 Big Shoes - The Orchestra (1:33)
  19. 19 Love Theme from Barton Fink - The Orchestra (1:21)
  20. 20 Barton in Shock - The Orchestra (1:57)
  21. 21 Typing Montage - The Orchestra (2:11)
  22. 22 The Box - The Orchestra (3:05)
  23. 23 Barton in Flames - The Orchestra (0:57)
  24. 24 Fade Out -- The End - The Orchestra (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carter Burwell Primary Artist, Piano
Larry Wilcox Conductor
Sonny Kompanek Conductor
Paul Peabody Violin
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Carter Burwell Producer
Michael Farrow Engineer
Phil Klum Mastering
Patricia Joseph Contributor
Greg Knoll Art Direction
Dawn Solér Contributor
Skip Lievsay Special Effects
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