Master [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The Master [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Jonny Greenwood
     
 

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For the soundtrack to his Scientology-inspired movie The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson reunited with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, who also provided the music to There Will Be Blood. The director's tale of a spiritually lost sailor and the leader of a religious organization he meets after

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For the soundtrack to his Scientology-inspired movie The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson reunited with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, who also provided the music to There Will Be Blood. The director's tale of a spiritually lost sailor and the leader of a religious organization he meets after World War II and the bond they form is set to music that alternately showcases the seeming innocence of the postwar era and tears off that veneer. Madisen Beaty's sweet yet somehow creepy version of "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" manages to accomplish both of those goals at once, but for most of The Master's music, the task of crafting claustrophobic intimacy falls to Greenwood, which he does ably with deceptively simple pieces that usually focus on one or two instruments at a time, whether it's the disorienting woodwinds of "Atomic Healer" or the unearthly screech of "Baton Sparks"' descending strings. These discordant cues only make Ella Fitzgerald's "Get Thee Behind Me Satan," Jo Stafford's "No Other Love," and Helen Forrest's "Changing Partners" sound smoother, and vice versa. Most of Greenwood's compositions, such as "Back Beyond," convey a simmering sense of tension and marred, ambiguous beauty that occasionally resolves itself into more definite emotions such as "Alethia"'s alluring, harp-driven mysticality, "Able-Bodied Seamen"'s sense of danger, or "Sweetness of Freddie"'s poignancy. This uneasy listening provides a masterful backdrop for Anderson's film and also makes for fascinating listening in its own right, while once again separating Greenwood from more predictable composers.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597960877
catalogNumber:
532292
Rank:
64686

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Performance Credits

Jonny Greenwood   Primary Artist
Jo Stafford   Vocals
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Jimmy Hastings   Clarinet,Flute
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Dave Brown   Double Bass
David Fuest   Woodwind
Anthony Pike   Woodwind
Sy Oliver's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Weston Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
AUKSO Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Marek Mos   Conductor
Shabaka Hutchings   Clarinet
Oliver Coates   Cello
Neil Charles   Bass
Charlotte Bonneton   Viola
Peter Foggitt   Organ,Piano
Antoine Françoise   Organ,Piano
Mark Simpson   Clarinet
London Contemporary Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Peteris Sokolovskis   Cello
Robert Ames   Viola
Pasha Mansurov   Flute
Madisen Beaty   Vocals
Kate Hainsworth   French Horn
Hugh Brunt   Conductor
Galya Bisengalieva   Violin
Daniel Pioro   Violin
Daniel Llewellyn Roberts   Violin
Andy Finton   Woodwind
Tom Skinner   Drums
Mark Wood   French Horn
Simon Cox   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Joe Darion   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer,Producer
Larry Coleman   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Paul Thomas Anderson   Director,Screenplay
Graeme Stewart   Producer,Engineering
Shin Katan   Artwork
Piotr Witkowski   Engineering
Ewa Guziolek-Tubelewicz   Engineering
Sam Stept   Composer

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