The Reader [Original Motion Picture Score]

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Based on the best-selling German novel by Bernhard Schlink, The Reader stars two-time Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet, who won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Hanna, a Nazi war criminal who has an affair with a teenage boy. The soundtrack contains original music composed by classically-trained composer Nico Muhly.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel The Reader tells the story of a German teenager of the 1950s who has an affair with an older woman, then grows up to discover she is on trial as a Nazi war criminal. It is, thus, a story of illicit ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Based on the best-selling German novel by Bernhard Schlink, The Reader stars two-time Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet, who won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Hanna, a Nazi war criminal who has an affair with a teenage boy. The soundtrack contains original music composed by classically-trained composer Nico Muhly.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel The Reader tells the story of a German teenager of the 1950s who has an affair with an older woman, then grows up to discover she is on trial as a Nazi war criminal. It is, thus, a story of illicit romance mixed with the main character's realization that things can be other than what he thinks they were. Nico Muhly's score for the film responds to the themes of the story by presenting delicate, gentle music, slow piano cadences with discreet accompanying strings. But then, without changing the overall approach, Muhly makes things more complex, adding darker tones as the plot becomes more complicated. By the point of the appropriately titled cue "Not What I Expected," the music is reflecting the troubling nature of the revelations in the story. Muhly's basic musical equivalent to the movie's theme is a disturbing dichotomy of time signatures, in which, for example in "The Failed Visit" and "Letters," a primary instrument, usually the piano, plays in repeating patterns in one time while the strings play in another. The effect is disquieting, yet subtle, reinforcing what's going on on the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163406122
  • Catalog Number: 34061

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Egg (1:06)
  2. 2 Spying (2:27)
  3. 3 The First Bath (2:50)
  4. 4 It's Not Just About You (1:29)
  5. 5 Tram at Dawn (1:05)
  6. 6 You Don't Matter (2:41)
  7. 7 Reading (1:51)
  8. 8 Cycling Holiday (1:40)
  9. 9 Sophie / The Lady with the Little Dog (3:00)
  10. 10 Go Back to Your Friends (5:21)
  11. 11 Not What I Expected (1:28)
  12. 12 Handwriting (2:19)
  13. 13 The Failed Visit (4:59)
  14. 14 Verdict (1:35)
  15. 15 Mail (3:38)
  16. 16 Letters (2:39)
  17. 17 Have No One Else to Ask (3:42)
  18. 18 Piles of Books (2:13)
  19. 19 Who Was She? (6:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nico Muhly Primary Artist, Conductor
David Theodore Oboe
Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Executive Soundtrack Producer
Simon Rhodes Engineering
Skip Williamson Executive Soundtrack Producer
Anthony Minghella Executive Soundtrack Producer
Brian McNelis Executive Soundtrack Producer
Nico Muhly Composer, Orchestration
Angela Leus Score Coordinator
Stephanie Mente Art Direction
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