The Man Who Wasn't There [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Among their various cinematic talents, filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen have not generally included the construction of great soundtrack albums, usually depending on composer Carter Burwell to write appropriate genre music for their genre-exploding movies. But that all changed with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which featured a collection of traditional country tunes, producing a soundtrack that was still at the top of the country charts by the time of the release of their next film, The Man Who Wasn't There. The Coens are not given to repeating themselves, at least as far as music is concerned, and this modern film noir, shot in black-and-white and starring Billy Bob...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Among their various cinematic talents, filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen have not generally included the construction of great soundtrack albums, usually depending on composer Carter Burwell to write appropriate genre music for their genre-exploding movies. But that all changed with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which featured a collection of traditional country tunes, producing a soundtrack that was still at the top of the country charts by the time of the release of their next film, The Man Who Wasn't There. The Coens are not given to repeating themselves, at least as far as music is concerned, and this modern film noir, shot in black-and-white and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, and James Gandolfini, is awash not in country music, but in familiar classical works, including some of Beethoven's more famous piano sonatas and the "Che soave zeffiretto" aria from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro. The latter is presented in a 1968 recording by Edith Mathis and Gundula Janowitz with the Orchestra of the Deutschen Oper Berlin, conducted by Karl Bohm, while Beethoven's "Archduke" is a 1980 recording by the Beaux Arts Trio. The rest are new recordings, with Jonathan Feldman serving as piano soloist. There are seven music cues by Burwell, and they are typically serviceable. "I Met Doris Blind" is a lush, string-filled piece; "The Fight" is ominous; and "Nirlinger's Swing" is a big-band swing composition. But it is the classical music that dominates this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 044001601927
  • Catalog Number: 016019

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carter Burwell Primary Artist, Conductor
Bill Mays Piano
John Patitucci Bass
Scott Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Dan Reed Violin
Karen Brown Viola
James Chirillo Guitar
Karen Dreyfus Viola
Jean Ingraham Violin
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Maria Kitsopoulos Cello
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Nancy McAlhany Violin
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Laura Roelofs Park Violin
Sandra Park Violin, Concert Master
Sue Pray Viola
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Laura Seaton Violin
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone
Rebecca Young Viola
Ronald Zito Drums
Elizabeth Lim Violin
Karl Bohm Conductor
Gary Levinson Violin
Sarah Seiver Cello, Viola
Eileen Moon Cello
Daniel Reed Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Elizabeth Dyson Cello
Lisa Kim Violin
Ellen Payne Violin
Jenny Strenger Violin
Qiang Tu Cello
Anait Arturian Violin
Nicholas Cords Viola
Vivek Kamath Viola
Jeremy McCoy Bass
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Edith Mathis Vocals
Beaux Arts Trio Ensemble
Ronnie Zito Drums
Gundula Janowitz Vocals
Robert Shaw Violin
Alan Stepansky Cello
Laura Park Violin
Jeanne Ingraham Violin
Jonathan Feldman Piano
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Carter Burwell Producer, Orchestration, Score Producer
Michael Farrow Engineer
Allan Foust Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
Todd Kasow Music Scoring Coordination
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Anita Serwacki Music Executive
Dean Parker Composer's Assistant
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