Hugo [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Martin Scorsese's Hugo, adapted from the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, presents composer Howard Shore, working on his sixth Scorsese film, with distinct requirements that he fulfills ably. The story is set in 1930s Paris, and it is concerned with magical and childlike elements, also taking in the early days of cinema. For this most lighthearted (and most Gallic) of Scorsese efforts, Shore appropriately suggests French moods everywhere. The basic way he achieves this is by using two different sets of musicians simultaneously on most cues. There is a full orchestra, to be sure, but it tends to occupy the background of the sound picture. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Martin Scorsese's Hugo, adapted from the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, presents composer Howard Shore, working on his sixth Scorsese film, with distinct requirements that he fulfills ably. The story is set in 1930s Paris, and it is concerned with magical and childlike elements, also taking in the early days of cinema. For this most lighthearted (and most Gallic) of Scorsese efforts, Shore appropriately suggests French moods everywhere. The basic way he achieves this is by using two different sets of musicians simultaneously on most cues. There is a full orchestra, to be sure, but it tends to occupy the background of the sound picture. In the foreground is a smaller band featuring Simon Chamberlain (piano), Eddie Hessian (the accordion-like musette), Chris Laurence (bass), John Parricelli (guitar), Cynthia Millar (the keyboard instrument ondes Martenot), and Paul Clarvis (percussion). The small group carries much of the music, with the orchestra supporting. Often employing waltz time, the music early on emphasizes charm and buoyancy, but it becomes more involved and dramatic as time goes on, with the orchestra making itself felt to stirring effect. Of course, this is soundtrack music, so, within a particular track, such as "Trains," the music can start out slow, then become fast and more forceful, only to fall back again to its slow beginnings, all to follow the contours of the action on the screen. "The Invention of Dreams," with its flurry of notes in Renaissance style, is one of the more developed pieces, even if, at five minutes in, it abruptly subsides into a slow piano piece. If this sounds like the score is a little choppy, especially in its later parts, it is never less than engaging and gives the sense of a film of subtle and complex moods.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Howe Records
  • UPC: 899158002079
  • Catalog Number: 1007
  • Sales rank: 181,602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Thief (4:20)
  2. 2 The Chase (2:50)
  3. 3 The Clocks (4:28)
  4. 4 Snowfall (1:50)
  5. 5 Hugo's Father (3:24)
  6. 6 Ashes (2:33)
  7. 7 The Station Inspector (1:10)
  8. 8 Bookstore (1:51)
  9. 9 The Movies (1:29)
  10. 10 The Message (4:36)
  11. 11 The Armoire (2:32)
  12. 12 Purpose (2:04)
  13. 13 The Plan (2:48)
  14. 14 Trains (2:50)
  15. 15 Papa Georges Made Movies (1:52)
  16. 16 The Invention of Dreams (6:28)
  17. 17 A Ghost in the Station (6:00)
  18. 18 A Train Arrives in the Station (3:25)
  19. 19 The Magician (2:33)
  20. 20 Coeur Volant (4:19)
  21. 21 Winding it Up (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simon Chamberlain Piano
Chris Laurence Bass
Howard Shore Conductor
John Parricelli Guitar
Cynthia Millar Ondes Martenot
Paul Clarvis Percussion
Les Primitifs du Futur Band
Eddie Hession Musette
Zaz Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Frey Art Direction, Score Production Coordinator
Howard Shore Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Orchestration
Simon Rhodes Mastering, Engineering
Jonathan Schultz Producer
Jean Peyronnin Original Material
Jean-Michel Bernard Arranger, Producer
Elizabeth Cotnoir Composer, Lyricist
Rich Palecek Production Accountant
Tim Starnes Auricle Programming
James Sizemore Programming
V. Marceau Original Material
Isabelle Geffroy Composer, Lyricist
Joe Augustine Executive Producer
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