Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Music from the Motion Picture]by Iva Davies
In an age when such tales of adventure and derring-do are often consigned to science fiction, Peter Weir's Master and Commander, based on two of the widely read Aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brian, brings high-seas exploits from the age of sail vividly back to the big screen. And the original score -- by the trio of Ira Davies, Christopher Gordon, and Richard Tognetti -- masterfully sets a suspenseful mood, enhancing the film's epic grip with brooding music full of heart-thumping percussion, dark brass chords, and pulsating strings. "The Far Side of the World," "Into the Fog," and "Smoke N' Oakum," feature such ominous statements from the orchestra. But lighter tones are also struck: Bright violins dance with Mozartean grace on "Violin Concerto No. 3" and ply traditional reels on "The Cuckold Comes out of the Amery" and a medley of folk tunes, calling to mind the merrier moments of life at sea during the Napoleonic wars. Other enlivening classical compositions by Corelli, Boccherini, and Bach (played by cello master Yo-Yo Ma) break up the foreboding intensity of the original music. Further tracks --"The Galapagos" and "The Phasmid" -- evoke an air of mystery with eerie scratching on the violins, a plaintive cello melody, and dissonant string chords, while pounding drums, hauntingly coupled with a distant fife, give "The Battle" a breathless immediacy. Master and Commander may look back to old-time tales of swashbuckling heroism, but the vivid and dramatic score gives this film a dark grandeur that is thoroughly modern.
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- The Far Side of the World
- Into the Fog
- 3rd movement (as used in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of
- The Cuckold Comes Out of the Amery
- Smoke N'Oakum
- Adagio (as used in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the W
- The Doldrums
- Prelude (as used in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the
- The Galapagos
- Folk Medley: O'Sullivan's March; The Cuckold Comes Out of the Amery; Mo
- The Phasmid
- The Battle
- String Quintet (Quintettino) for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major
- Full Circle
Performance CreditsIva Davies Primary Artist
Yo-Yo Ma Cello
Jim Walker Jew's Harp
Bruce Dukov Violin
Phil Ayling Human Whistle
Stephen Erdody Cello
Michael Fisher Percussion
Simon Oswell Viola
Eric Rigler uillean pipes
Timothy Landauer Cello
Barry Wordsworth Conductor
Christopher Gordon Conductor
Jim Walker Jew's Harp
Emma-Jane Murphy Cello
New Queen's Hall Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Richard Tognetti Violin,Conductor
Eric Riegler uillean pipes
Richard Erdoes Cello
George Innes Dialogue
Technical CreditsLuigi Boccherini Composer
Arcangelo Corelli Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Iva Davies Composer,Producer,Digital Programming,Sample Programming
Richard Grant Auricle Programming
John Kurlander Engineer,Engineering
John Richards Engineer,Engineering
John Rodd Engineer,Engineering
Bill Talbott Engineer
Tom Steel Stage Manager
Kathy Nelson Soundtrack Executive Producer
Jeffrey A. Greenberg Studio Manager
Ira Davis Arranger,Producer,Digital Synthesizer,Sample Programming
Christopher Gordon Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Damon Tedesco Stage Manager
Paul Chessell Art Direction
Simon Leadley Engineer,Score Producer,Engineering
Richard Tognetti Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Bobby Fernandez Engineer,Engineering
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The soundtrack is fun, and the classical bits are nice, but the sea chanties are missing! Would it have been that much more of an effort to include the 3 additional tracks?
Me, being a movie freak I own many soundtracks, many of the few that are good. When I listened to this I was so involved and it brought this Soundtrack to life, as though I am ready watching the film itself. It's not just the music but the songs from Concertos from Bach and the fiddle music was fantastic.I definity cant wait for it to come out, I'm sure to buy it!
In his entire life, Mozart only bowed to one composer as being greater, and this was Luigi Boccherini. The undisputed champ of 18thC chamber music, the exerpt of his quintet, Summer Nights in Madrid, is the highlight of the entire disc and worth the purchase. I own it and have enjoyed listening to the newly composed cuts for their atmospheric qualities which intensify with night driving. Somehow tho, even the bit of the sublime Bach cello sonata by the incomparable YoYo Ma pales in comparison to the Boccherini. [Boy it would be cool if Yo Yo Ma did his own set of Boccherini quintets!] Somehow, when the disc is programmed this cut ends up last- TWICE. Start with this and then hunt down the rest of the quintets. You and Mozart can listen in awe of the master.
I got this after seeing (and really liking) the movie - it's a combination of the beautiful, deeply percussive, background pieces and very well selected classical pieces (Boccherini, Mozart, Bach) that are played in quiet interludes by characters Stephen and Jack in the movie. Each piece stands alone, it's not like many epic soundstracks that are only the background pieces and end up falling flat without the visuals. And even the background pieces (esp. The Battle) conjure up the visuals quite well - my mother guessed the scene associated with The Battle without ever seeing the movie. Highly recommended.
After seeing the film, I was drawn to its entrancing music. For an action/drama, music like this is not often heard, and works most effectively in "Master & Commander". This is one of those rare soundtracks where the ENTIRE soundtrack is remarkable, rather than just a part of it.
How meserizing the music to this wonderful film. The pieces are perfect and awesome. I had to buy this at all costs! Hollywood, viewers really enjoy fine music to accompany their films...
This soundtrack is one of my favorite cd's. Though some of the original scores can get long and boring, the violin and classical pieces are rousing and incredibly entertaining. I highly recommedn it to violin and strings lovers.
This soundtrack was awesome! I stayed up and listened throught it twice! Yo-yo Ma was great as always and there was a very delicate balance in the score. I reccommend it to all musically atuned minds.