Twilight Saga: New Moon [The Score]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Virtually every aspect of the Twilight saga was taken to a grander scale with New Moon, the second film in the series of screen adaptations of Stephenie Meyers' books. This reflected not just the success of the first movie, but the wider scope of New Moon's story, which encompassed werewolves and Italian vampire royalty along with girl-falls-in-love-with-vampire, vampire-breaks-girl's-heart drama. The film's score, which is composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, is certainly bigger, but not always better, than Carter Burwell's music for Twilight. Desplat takes a more traditional approach, favoring soft string passages ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Virtually every aspect of the Twilight saga was taken to a grander scale with New Moon, the second film in the series of screen adaptations of Stephenie Meyers' books. This reflected not just the success of the first movie, but the wider scope of New Moon's story, which encompassed werewolves and Italian vampire royalty along with girl-falls-in-love-with-vampire, vampire-breaks-girl's-heart drama. The film's score, which is composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, is certainly bigger, but not always better, than Carter Burwell's music for Twilight. Desplat takes a more traditional approach, favoring soft string passages highlighted by flute, piano and occasional brass for his cues, which are lush and often lengthy: "To Volterra" hovers around nine minutes. Given that the film's heroine, Bella Swan, spends most of her time grieving her breakup with her vampire ex Edward Cullen, it's not surprising that much of the score is mournful, and that the most distinctive melodies belong to the cues that evoke Edward. However, the most interesting moments in New Moon's score belong to the werewolves and other vampires. "Blood Sample" uses tablas to mimic heartbeats, a motif used on other menacing tracks like "Wolves V. Vampire" and "Victoria," while the delicately creepy "Werewolves" leaves listeners feeling ambivalent. At times, Desplat's music feels a bit overwrought, but that's only fitting for a story as dramatic and occasionally melodramatic as the one New Moon tells. Even if this score is arguably less unique than Twilight's was, it provides plenty of perfectly gloomy backdrops and conveys New Moon's lovelorn atmosphere just as ably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2009
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923207528
  • Catalog Number: 2075
  • Sales rank: 3,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Moon (3:19)
  2. 2 Bella Dreams (2:05)
  3. 3 Romeo & Juliet (2:46)
  4. 4 Volturi Waltz (1:17)
  5. 5 Blood Sample (1:15)
  6. 6 Edward Leaves (5:03)
  7. 7 Werewolves (4:25)
  8. 8 I Need You (1:38)
  9. 9 Break Up (2:04)
  10. 10 Memories of Edward (1:39)
  11. 11 Wolves vs. Vampire (4:32)
  12. 12 Victoria (2:05)
  13. 13 Almost a Kiss (2:12)
  14. 14 Adrenaline (2:24)
  15. 15 Dreamcatcher (3:31)
  16. 16 To Volterra (9:17)
  17. 17 You're Alive (2:11)
  18. 18 The Volturi (8:37)
  19. 19 Cullens (4:32)
  20. 20 Marry Me, Bella (4:04)
  21. 21 Full Moon (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Desplat Primary Artist, Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Vincent Segal Electric Cello
Technical Credits
Paul Grosso Art Direction
Drew Lavyne Mastering
Paul Katz Executive Producer
Andrew Dudman Engineering
David Walter Programming
Christine Bergren Music Business Affairs
Alexandre Desplat Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Elizabeth Yoon Art Direction
Jonathan Allen Engineering
Nicolas Charron Orchestration
Regena Ratcliffe Package Production
Deborah Rigaud Music Business Affairs
Veronica A. Villarreal Executive Soundtrack Producer
Sylvain Morizet Orchestration
Jean-Pascal Beintus Orchestration
Chris Weitz Liner Notes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    emotional

    it takes you once again to the movie itself, to the woods of forks washington.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

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    this score stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this score stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    lame and boring music score

    lame music score!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating.

    No words, just the very moving music. I loved it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One Of My Top 10 Scores

    I was apprehensive of buying the score when I saw the movie for the first time, I think I was just too inthralled in the movie itself. After the second and third time of seeing the movie I couldn't wait to buy this score. Right after listening to this I listened to the Twilight score again and I really like New Moon better. The score for Twilight suits the movie but this score for New Moon has more of a recreational listening value, too much guitar through the Twilight score for me (this coming from a Pink Floyd fan). I have this score on shuffle now along with the scores from Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dances With Wolves, Glory and Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves. Great score !

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Better music then the soundtrack!

    It is very soothing! I can picture it when it is playing in the movie. Very relaxing! Beautiful music! I love it as much as the twilight score, maybe more!!! You won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good

    I liked the Twilight score better than this, but it is a great listen. Carter Burwell did a great job on Twilight and I bet New Moon would have been even better, but this composer works well too.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Score

    This cd was excellent. The sound quality was great as was the instrumentation. The whole cd is very soothing and helps me unwind. I throughly enjoyed it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    When I first listened to the New Moon Score I liked it, but did not think I loved it as much as the Score to Twilight. The more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with it. Now I play it every day. Parts of both the Twilight Score and the New Moon Score bring tears to my eyes they are so beautiful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Twilight saga: New Moon, The Score

    It was a great buy! I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Moon - The Twilight Saga continues

    New Moon is a continuing saga of Twilight. One MUST read Twilight before the following series. Stephanie Meyers is a wonderful writer who pulls you into her story. I was infatuated from the very beginning to the end. Hard to put down!!! I would recommend these books for ages 13+.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful and completely amazing!

    This score enormously aided the movie in it's success. Without Alexandre's touch, the emotional roller coaster we all go through in New Moon would not have been realistic. Soothing, mournful and perfect--great for any score-lovers!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Deep and Moving; Everything I Wanted in The Score

    This was very good, much better than the Twilight score. Alexandre Desplat is a musical genius. Each track portay the emotions felt at that point of the story. My favorite traks were Romeo and Juliet, The wolves, and Almost Kiss. Every track had a deep, resounding affect to make you feel the music as well as hear it.
    I also recommend playing the soundtrack while reading the book.

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