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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For director Marc Forster's film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner, Spanish score composer Alberto Iglesias (an Academy Award nominee for The Constant Gardener who has written music for many of Pedro Almodovar's films) was taken out of his comfort zone in having to come up with music to accompany the story of the lives of two boys growing up against the backdrop of the recent history of Afghanistan, including the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban, a story that runs up to the early 21st century in San Francisco, to which one of the now grown boys has immigrated. Iglesias employs a full orchestra, the Hollywood Studio Symphony, but for much ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For director Marc Forster's film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner, Spanish score composer Alberto Iglesias (an Academy Award nominee for The Constant Gardener who has written music for many of Pedro Almodovar's films) was taken out of his comfort zone in having to come up with music to accompany the story of the lives of two boys growing up against the backdrop of the recent history of Afghanistan, including the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban, a story that runs up to the early 21st century in San Francisco, to which one of the now grown boys has immigrated. Iglesias employs a full orchestra, the Hollywood Studio Symphony, but for much of the soundtrack, it serves largely as a backdrop to music with distinct Middle Eastern and Indian flavors, using a variety of ethnic instruments including the tabla as a major element in the percussion section. Nylon-stringed guitars played by Javier Crespo, Heitor Pereira (aka Heitor T.P.), and Ramon Stagnaro also lead the arrangements frequently. Here and there, source music is used in the form of period tracks by Afghan singers Ahmad Zahir and Ehsan Aman. The best mixture of symphonic and ethnic percussion is found in the lively "Kite Tournament." The last couple of cues, "Fly a Kite" and "Reading the Letter," are the only ones really dominated by the string orchestra, and they have a new age feel that may seem odd to the listener after all the Middle Eastern accents, even if they are appropriate to following the story in the film itself. Iglesias succeeds in a challenging assignment here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947773337
  • Catalog Number: 001004602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Titles - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:20)
  2. 2 The Call, Kabul 1978 - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:32)
  3. 3 He Hates Me - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:07)
  4. 4 Kite Shop - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:06)
  5. 5 Sin - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:34)
  6. 6 Tanha Shudam Tanha, song - Ahmad Zahir (3:35)
  7. 7 Kite Tournament - Hollywood Studio Symphony (5:40)
  8. 8 Hassan Theme - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:57)
  9. 9 Az Man Begurezed, song - Ahmad Zahir (5:04)
  10. 10 Plant The Watch - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:29)
  11. 11 Russians Invade - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:22)
  12. 12 The Truth - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:59)
  13. 13 Omaid e Man, song - Ehsan Aman (1:47)
  14. 14 Fule Tanker - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:09)
  15. 15 End Phone Call - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:06)
  16. 16 The Stadium - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:33)
  17. 17 Escape - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:09)
  18. 18 Dukhtare Darya, song - Ehsan Aman (3:42)
  19. 19 Fly A Kite - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:27)
  20. 20 Reading The Letter - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:49)
  21. 21 Supplication, song - Sami Yusuf (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Nowak Conductor
Sussan Deyhim Vocals
Ahmad Zahir Track Performer
Ehsan Aman Track Performer
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Sami Yusuf Track Performer
Technical Credits
Greg Dennon Digital Editing
José Luis Crespo Engineering, Score Mixer
Jose Luis Dueñas Engineering, Score Mixer
Ahmad Zahir Composer
Alberto Iglesias Composer, Audio Production
José Villalobos Arranger, Composer's Assistant
Ehsan Aman Composer
Nikolaus Boddin Art Direction
Lennart Jeschke Mastering
Matt Chesse Executive Soundtrack Producer
Sami Yusuf Composer
David Cerrejón Arranger, Composer's Assistant
Bill Horberg Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jorge Magaz Arranger, Composer's Assistant
Walter Parkes Executive Soundtrack Producer
Rebecca Yeldham Executive Soundtrack Producer
Marc Forster Liner Notes
Greg Dennen Digital Editing
Marc Forster Audio Production
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