Road to Perdition [Music from the Motion Picture]

Road to Perdition [Music from the Motion Picture]

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by Thomas Newman
     
 

Director Sam Mendes and composer Thomas Newman, who collaborated on the Academy Award-winning American Beauty, reunite for Road to Perdition, the Depression-era story of a hit man (Tom Hanks) working for an Irish gang leader (Paul Newman). In recent years, Thomas Newman -- a four-time Oscar nominee (American Beauty,See more details below

Overview

Director Sam Mendes and composer Thomas Newman, who collaborated on the Academy Award-winning American Beauty, reunite for Road to Perdition, the Depression-era story of a hit man (Tom Hanks) working for an Irish gang leader (Paul Newman). In recent years, Thomas Newman -- a four-time Oscar nominee (American Beauty, Little Women, The Shawshank Redemption, Unstrung Heroes) -- has emerged as one of the most exciting young composers in film. He only adds to the excitement with Road to Perdition, a musical mosaic juxtaposing hot jazz with Irish-flavored melodies and dark symphonic themes. Newman employs bagpipes and a banjo along with a full orchestra on "Rock Island, 1931," a sweeping yet somber piece followed by a solo flute with responding brass and harp. While he continues that meditative tone on "Wake," he changes his tune on the tense, ominous "Murder," with its cascading chimes and muted, rising timpani. A sense of loneliness permeates the score and is effectively stated in "Virgin Mary," in which a solo piano is joined by strings. Amid these shadowy and powerful themes, jazz classics such as Fletcher Henderson & Orchestra's "Queer Notions" add the requisite period flavoring. On the closing track, actors Hanks and Newman perform "Perdition," a brief, intimate piano duet written by John M. Williams. It's an affecting coda to this powerful score.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Thomas Newman has a talent for composing disquieting little motifs played on unusual instruments (think of his theme music for the television series Six Feet Under), and he puts it to use in his score for the Depression-era gangster film Road to Perdition. Director Sam Mendes, who called Newman in to work on American Beauty, which earned him an Academy Award nomination, brings him back for a similar role here. Even discounting the inclusion of period (Fletcher Henderson's "Queer Notions," the Chicago Rhythm Kings' "There'll Be Some Changes Made") and period-sounding ("Someday Sweetheart" by the Charleston Chasers) source music, this is a long soundtrack, but it is one consisting of small and subtle effects. Newman likes dissonance, but he places it unobtrusively within quiet passages, so that it creates odd and comic tones. He is also capable of writing more conventional cues, such as "Dirty Money," with its martial percussion and contrasting sections carried by strings and brass, but it is the dark, slow-paced pieces that dominate this score.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0044001716720
catalogNumber:
017167
Rank:
35511

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Tracks

  1. Rock Island, 1931
  2. Wake
  3. Just The Feller
  4. Mr. Rance
  5. Bit Borrowers
  6. Murder (In Four Parts)
  7. Road To Chicago
  8. Reading Room
  9. Someday Sweetheart by The Charleston Chasers
  10. Meet Maguire
  11. Blood Dog
  12. Finn McGovern
  13. The Farm
  14. Dirty Money
  15. Rain Hammers
  16. A Blind Eye
  17. Nothing To Trade
  18. Queer Notions by Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  19. Virgin Mary
  20. Shoot The Dead
  21. Grave Drive
  22. Cathedral
  23. There'll Be Some Changes Made by Chicago Rhythm Kings
  24. Ghosts
  25. Lexington Hotel, Room 1432
  26. Road To Perdition
  27. Perdition Piano Duet by Tom Hanks/Paul Newman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Newman   Piano,Stroviola
George Doering   Drums,Bouzouki
Rick Cox   Bowed Instrument,Guitar,Maracas,Metal Percussion,Glass
Steve Kujala   Flute,Alto Flute
Sid Page   Concert Master
Jon Clarke   Oboe,Penny Whistle
Michael Fisher   Timpani,Bodhran,Metal Percussion,Orchestra Bells
Steve Tavaglione   Clarinet,EWI
Eric Rigler   Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Chas Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bill Bernstein   Mandolin,Hurdy-Gurdy
Nico Abondolo   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Thomas Newman   Producer
Thomas Pasatieri   Orchestration
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Bill Bernstein   Producer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction

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