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The Tree of Life [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The soundtrack for notoriously reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick's fifth outing, the existential drama Tree of Life, features the work of Oscar-nominated French composer Alexandre Desplat, who lent his considerable talents to projects like The King's Speech, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, The Ghost Writer, and The Queen. Desplat's mercurial score utilizes musical cues from innovative, atonal, modern composer György Ligeti and lush, 19th century romantic composer Hector Berlioz, and he extends and reshapes those motifs throughout. A meditative mixture of soft piano and long, explorative strings, each section segues into the others with surprising ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The soundtrack for notoriously reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick's fifth outing, the existential drama Tree of Life, features the work of Oscar-nominated French composer Alexandre Desplat, who lent his considerable talents to projects like The King's Speech, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, The Ghost Writer, and The Queen. Desplat's mercurial score utilizes musical cues from innovative, atonal, modern composer György Ligeti and lush, 19th century romantic composer Hector Berlioz, and he extends and reshapes those motifs throughout. A meditative mixture of soft piano and long, explorative strings, each section segues into the others with surprising grace. Trance-like in spots and simply transcendent in others (the nearly 12-minute "Circles" manages to faithfully capture all of these notions in a single setting), Desplat was given very little to work with visually before embarking on the score's creation. Malick told the composer that "music should be like a river flowing through the film," and from the opening, nostalgic flutter of "Childhood" to the open-ended, harp-plucked swirl of "Skies," Desplat successfully bends that river to his will.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2011
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163421729
  • Catalog Number: 34217
  • Sales rank: 35,936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Childhood (3:41)
  2. 2 Circles (11:23)
  3. 3 Clouds (2:59)
  4. 4 River (3:35)
  5. 5 Awakening (3:29)
  6. 6 Emergence of Life (3:55)
  7. 7 Light & Darkness (8:16)
  8. 8 Good & Evil (3:15)
  9. 9 Motherhood (2:04)
  10. 10 City of Glass (3:37)
  11. 11 Fatherhood (2:49)
  12. 12 Temptation (6:47)
  13. 13 Skies (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Desplat Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dave Arch Piano
Dominique Lemonnier Violin
Carmine Lauri Concert Master
Thomas Bowes Concert Master
Philippe Aiche Concert Master
Technical Credits
Peter Cobbin Engineer
John Bergin Art Direction
Conrad Pope Orchestration
Peter Clarke Technical Operator
Paul Katz Executive Producer
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Brian McNelis Executive Producer
Alexandre Desplat Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Xavier Forcioli Programming
Cecile Coutelier Pro-Tools
John Barrett Pro-Tools
Solrey Lemonnier Producer
Gordon Davidson Pro-Tools
Jean-Pascal Beintus Orchestration
Stephane Reichart Engineer
Mary Croke Score Production Coordinator
Merie Weismiller Wallace Still Pictures
Gilles Bourdos Visual Consultant
Daniel Jorge Score Production Coordinator
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