The Passion of the Christby John Debney
The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson's controversial telling of the final hours of Jesus' life, is so graphically brutal that many moviegoers may not take notice of the film's score at all. But there surely is a score, and it's a testament to the talents of composer John Debney (Elf, Bruce Almighty) that his music skillfully underpins the film's dramatic grip without becoming a distraction from the compelling story. Debney rightly realized that for a story of such searing intensity, an equally forceful score would be (pardon the term) overkill, yet his atmospheric and evocative music admirably stands on its own. He makes use of only a few elements, recombining them in continual variation and to beautiful effect: Haunting drones, exotic flutes and reeds, wordless vocal cries, beating drums, and soaring strings feature in track after track of ethereal, entrancing music. Of course, there are moments of great power, too, particularly as the film draws near its tragic conclusion. "The Crucifixion" begins with low strings and builds to a grand orchestral climax that flows into an ardent hymn-like theme. Likewise, "Raising the Cross" combines deep, throbbing drums with a wordless chorus accented by distant vocal cries, while piercing calls from an otherworldly horn punctuate "Jesus Is Carried Down." "Resurrection" presents an opportunity for musical word-painting, and appropriately, an upward-climbing theme in the strings and voices joins with pulsating drums at this culminating point in the tale. It's a potent moment on a soundtrack that drives home the enduring story of The Passion of the Christ with subtlety, eloquence, and beauty.
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Performance CreditsJohn Debney Primary Artist,Vocals
Mel Gibson Vocals,Chant
Lakshminarayana Shankar Vocals,Double Violin
Ron Allen Flute
Pedro Eustache Woodwind
Karen Hua-Qi Han Erhu
Nick Ingman Conductor
Martin Tillman Electric Cello
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Lévon Minassian Duduk
Chris Bleth Woodwind,Duduk
Aaron Martin Vocals
Ahmed el-Asmer Vocals
Jan Hendrickse Bamboo Flute
Gingger Vocals,Double Violin
Shannon Kingsbury Vocals
Naser Mousa Oud
Terry Edwards Choir Director
Technical CreditsMel Gibson Producer
Isobel Griffiths Choir Contractor
Jack Lenz Composer
Shawn Murphy Score Mixer
Lakshminarayana Shankar Composer
Mike Watts Orchestration
Simon Rhodes Engineer,Orchestration
Brad Dechter Orchestration
Wolfgang Amadeus Engineer,Scoring Engineer
Frank Bennett Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian Orchestration
Peter Afterman Executive Producer,Soundtrack Executive Producer
John Debney Composer,Producer,Score Consultant
Dan Savant Contributor
Lisbeth Scott Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Coach
Aaron Martin Score Consultant
Jake Jackson Engineer,Pro-Tools
Bruce Davey Executive Producer,Soundtrack Executive Producer
Michael Bazzi translation
Father Bill Fulco translation
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer,Soundtrack Executive Producer
Lola Debney Score Consultant
Gingger Shankar Composer
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I was spell bound! Got something to drink and did not even drink it. Some of the time I had to cover my face it was so brutal. But I will Go and see this PASSIONATE account of christ last days on earth again. We all need to know in detail what JESUS went thru for our sins. THANK YOU FOR THE PASSION!!!!
This movie changed my life. This movie shows how much jesus went through for us. The day after I saw the movie i went and bought a rossary, that i now wear around my neck every day. Please watch the movie, it's the most Powerful movie you will ever see.
This collection accurately portrays the life of Jesus Christ through music. You will not be disappointed.
The music catches you off guard when The Passion of the Christ finally comes on. Whereas you expect music more along the lines of Mozart, Bach, and Handel, the unique fusion of Near Eastern music, operatic vocals, and upbeat rhythms are really quite a good fit. The music is unforgettable.
I saw the movie last night and WOW! That is the most powerful movie I have ever seen and ever will see. It really meant a lot to me and the music was great in it. I think music is encredibly important to a film and Debney did and awesome job. WOW WOW WOW!
I found the movie to be so moving and I felt that people hated on Mel Gibson because he took such a huge risk. But his risk produced a beautiful movie and I believe that the soundtrack accompanies it perfectly. The music itself tells the story of Jesus.
This film touched me in a way I can't describe, in a way I've never felt in a cinematic experience. I was thrilled to get a copy of the original soundtrack. John Debney has outdone himself and established himself as a master contemporary scorewriter with his ethnic, exotic, poignant and powerful score to The Passion of the Christ. His effective use of choral arrangement, pounding drums, plaintive strings and ethnic Middle Easter instrumentation is nothing short of remarkable. Get this soundtrack, if not just as an intensely moving companion piece and reminder of the film, but as a thrilling piece of modern classical music.
Great movie, powerhouse score. This is an instant classic. You must own it!
I went to see the movie yesterday and left me feeling with a sense of thoughtfulness. The music is so powerful and so reflective. I truly love love this CD.
I saw the movie yesterday. I then went home only to go out and buy the soundtrack. I was entranced throughout the whole movie from the plot and the music. These scores are mysterious, powerful and absolutely gorgeous. Debney... wonderful job.
yes, its brutal but it sends out a very powerful message and the score matched the scene perfectly. It was brilliant!
John Debney's score composition for The Passion of the Christ is a riveting score of epic proportions, complementing perfectly one of the most powerful and penetrating films of all time! John Debney has superbly rendered the musical side of the film, greatly expressing the power of the film, the power of Calvary's cross. The score also expresses the cultural atmosphere of that most momentous time in history by incorporating sounds of the time and Middle Eastern music. The Passion of the Christ score soundtrack is an album that I highly applaud and recommend. It will always have a special place in my music collection. 5 stars.
I muchly enjoyed the experience of listening to this moving soundtrack! With a traditional backbone of pipes and flutes along with a twist of new age instrumentals and voices, this cd is a sure winner and bound to impress all ears... Haunting yet moving in all its entirety.
Wow! These clips from the movie The Passion of Christ move me! Spiritually and emotionally! Great email@example.com
When I finished watching the movie, I realized that no other movie will ever be as perfect as this movie. It is both excellent and touching.The music that Debney added made the movie even better. Great job Mel Gibson and Debney!!