Hart's War [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Hart's War [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Rachel Portman

CD

Overview

In 1997, Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) became the first female composer to win an Academy Award, for her score for Emma. She maintains her standard of excellence with her lushly orchestrated score for director Gregory Hoblit's Hart's War, a WWII drama set in a German POW camp. Portman's classical background (as a child she played piano, violin, and organ and began composing at 15) is reflected in the richly textured layers of instrumentation. Take, for example, the richly nuanced scene played out in "Scott's Macon, Georgia Story/Train Yard Strafing and Bombing": The score's gentle theme is softly carried here by a piano and bowed upright bass. Gradually, a shimmering mass of strings, ominously punctuated by a kettle drum, leads into an increasingly grand and tension-filled movement, reaches a climax, and slowly fades back into the original melody. This kind of resonant and even haunting introspectiveness is rare in action-film music, but it is found everywhere in Portman's score. In short, there's a lot of heart in this War.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2002
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0044001688621
catalogNumber: 016886

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