The Talented Mr. Ripley [Music from the Motion Picture]

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
This multicolored musical tapestry marks an auspicious reunion for composer Gabriel Yared and director Anthony Minghella, both of whom won Oscars for THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Patricia Highsmith's quirky, noirish thriller, on which the film is based, is set in sun-drenched Italy in the mid-1950s. Music is an essential part of the film, with such swinging jazz classics as Charlie Parker's "Ko-Ko" and Miles Davis's "Nature Boy" evoking images of the era's smoke-filled jazz clubs, juxtaposed with Yared themes, such as "Mischief," where vibes and violins make an elegantly spooky combo. Sounding more than a little like the legendary Chet Baker, Matt Damon sings on record for the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
This multicolored musical tapestry marks an auspicious reunion for composer Gabriel Yared and director Anthony Minghella, both of whom won Oscars for THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Patricia Highsmith's quirky, noirish thriller, on which the film is based, is set in sun-drenched Italy in the mid-1950s. Music is an essential part of the film, with such swinging jazz classics as Charlie Parker's "Ko-Ko" and Miles Davis's "Nature Boy" evoking images of the era's smoke-filled jazz clubs, juxtaposed with Yared themes, such as "Mischief," where vibes and violins make an elegantly spooky combo. Sounding more than a little like the legendary Chet Baker, Matt Damon sings on record for the first time ever, doing very nicely by "My Funny Valentine." There's a haunting spareness to Sinéad O'Connor's rendition of Yared & Minghella's "Lullaby for Cain." Fresh new recordings by the Guy Barker International Quintet add further spice to this well thought out collection, which makes for tangy listening.
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Director/screenwriter Anthony Minghella is a meticulous craftsman, known for his vigorous attention to every element of a production. In the case of The Talented Mr. Ripley, his 1999 adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith potboiler, he lent particular focus to the film's music. In the novel, the gregarious American expatriate Dickie Greenleaf played in the movie by Jude Law was a painter. But Minghella made him a jazz enthusiast instead, contrasting Dickie's tastes with the classical inclinations of the enigmatic title character Tom Ripley Matt Damon. The result is a film that gains much of its texture from its carefully chosen musical selections. The soundtrack opens with a pair of jazz numbers taken from two of the most fascinating scenes in the movie. In the first, Dickie takes Tom to an Italian jazz club, and both end up on stage exuberantly singing "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano." The song, performed on the CD by Damon, Law, Italian singer Fiorello and the Guy Barker International Quartet, establishes Ripley's captivation with his friend's hedonistic lifestyle. The second scene accomplishes the reverse: Dickie is captivated by the depth and sensitivity Ripley expresses in his evocative rendition of the Rodgers and Hart tune "My Funny Valentine." Again, Damon does his own singing on the soundtrack. The rest of the album intersperses several jazz tracks including performances by Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie with excerpts from Gabriel Yared's Oscar nominated score. Yared's work here lacks the originality and scope of his breakthrough score for The English Patient, but it captures perfectly both the sunlit Italian glamour and the muscle-tensing intrigue that characterize the film. Yared also wrote the music for the quietly disturbing Sinead O'Connor ballad, "Lullaby for Cain," that is played over the opening credits. The song, which features lyrics by Minghella himself, sets an appropriately ominous tone that effectively foreshadows the gruesome direction the film will eventually take. It is a solid contribution to a soundtrack album that is as carefully and thoughtfully constructed as the movie itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645133720
  • Catalog Number: 51337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tu Vuo' Fa l'Americano - The Guy Barker International Quintet (3:02)
  2. 2 My Funny Valentine - The Guy Barker International Quintet (2:35)
  3. 3 Italia (1:40)
  4. 4 Lullaby for Cain - Sinéad O'Connor (3:32)
  5. 5 Crazy Tom (4:47)
  6. 6 Koko - Charlie Parker (2:54)
  7. 7 Nature Boy - Miles Davis (4:48)
  8. 8 Mischief (2:26)
  9. 9 Ripley (3:30)
  10. 10 Pent-Up House - Arne Somogyi (2:40)
  11. 11 Guaglione - Marino Marini (3:17)
  12. 12 Moanin' - Guy Barker (4:16)
  13. 13 Proust (1:59)
  14. 14 Four - Arne Somogyi (3:41)
  15. 15 Promise (2:49)
  16. 16 The Champ - Dizzy Gillespie (2:45)
  17. 17 Syncopes (4:49)
  18. 18 Stabat Mater - Clifford Gurdin (2:56)
  19. 19 You Don't Know What Love Is - The Guy Barker International Quintet (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gabriel Yared Primary Artist
John Martyn Track Performer
Miles Davis Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie Track Performer
Sinéad O'Connor Track Performer
Charlie Parker Track Performer
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Arnie Somogyi Track Performer
Clark Tracey Track Performer
Pete King Track Performer
Robin Aspland Track Performer
Marino Marini Track Performer
Vincent Fiorello Track Performer
London Metropolitan Ensemble Track Performer
Iain Dixon Track Performer
The Guy Barker International Quintet Track Performer
Clifford Gurdin Track Performer
Matt Damon Track Performer
Jude Law Track Performer
Technical Credits
Gabriel Yared Producer
Guy Barker Producer
Alan Jenkins Programming
Graham Walker Producer
Giulio Turturro Art Direction
Kirsty Whalley Music Program
Walter Murch Producer
Anthony Minghella Producer
Giuseppe Fanciulli Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Splendid Soundtrack!

    Fabulous tracks that both soothe and sizzle! There are few albums that evoke even close to as much imagery as this one does. From the rousing "Tu Vuo Fa l'Americano" all the way to the end, this album is as much of a thriller as the movie itself! I have to admit I don't play this cd frequently, however; the reason being that I get swept up in the music and don't get much else done... I especially cannot escape the eerie and haunting "Lullaby for Cain"; I put the track on repeat for at least half an hour every time so I can savor the feelings of goosebumps and chills. All in all, one of the most intellectually intriguing and emotionally churning albums of music that I've owned. Superb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow!

    this soundtrack is just as great as the movie!I've always loved jazz music and this made me love it even more. I just love My Funny Valentine that the talented Matt Damon sings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Talented Soundtrack

    Have purchased 3 copies for friends. The music transports you to the jazz cellars of New York and the romantic vistas of Italy. It's a dynamite score that stands on its own even if you didn't see the movie. And Matt Damon's haltingly sweet, shy rendition of My Funny Valentine is a winner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    This soundtrack is excellent!... outstanding!, definitely deserves an Oscar!. And Matt Damon singing My Funny Valentine....heavenly!!!!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As Enthralling and Well-done as the Film!

    The clever combination of light jazz tunes and dark--almost sinister--classical scores mirrors the dichotomy of Tom Ripley himself. While the album has the power and talent to stand on its own, it clearly achieves its main objective by beautifully complimenting the film. The footnotes written by director Anthony Minghella provide insight into the making of the score as well as the film. Just like the film, this album is Oscar-bound!

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