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Film Soundtracks - Released December 14, 2018 | Masterworks

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Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 11, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 16, 2012 | Sony Classical

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2003 | Milan Records

Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair has described her beautiful family drama as "a Bollywood film, made on my terms." It's a pretty apt description, though on the surface the subtly acted art house picture may seem to have very little in common with the elaborately choreographed musical productions for which the Indian film industry is famous. Whereas Bollywood products are generally characterized by broadly painted heroes and villains, Nair's characters are among the most three-dimensional and honestly realized in international cinema. They are not the sort of people who populate Bollywood entertainments, but they are the sort of people who pay to see them. They don't burst simultaneously into song, but they do dance to Indian pop music in their living rooms. They do belt out traditional celebratory songs at wedding parties. What Monsoon Wedding shares with Bollywood is its appreciation of India's deeply rooted cultural enthusiasm for song and dance. The soundtrack reflects the delightfully broad spectrum of the music that plays on middle-class stereos all over modern India. There is a thumping electronic Hindi disco tune, a soaring orchestral romantic ballad from the vinyl era, an infectiously melodious contemporary pop duet, and a festive traditional spiritual performed by the internationally revered Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn. But most impressive of all is the film's original music. Sukhvinder Singh's rousing theme song, "Aaj Mera Jee Kardaa," expertly weaves traditional folk elements with sleek pop rhythms and strings. In a perfect alternate reality, it would probably be an Oscar winner. So would Mychael Danna's score. A recent Hindu groom himself and one of the most innovative composers in North American cinema, Danna elevates Nair's naturalistic hand-held camera narrative to a transcendent spiritual plane. The mystical "Fuse Box" almost single-handedly accomplishes the task of transforming the clownish wedding planner P.K. Dubey from a hilarious marigold-eating Indian version of Martin Short's Father of the Bride character to a thoroughly credible and even charming romantic lead. Unfortunately, that exquisite melody is hyped up to the point of tedium in two pounding techno remixes at the conclusion of the soundtrack album. They are a regrettable misstep in an otherwise brilliant compilation. ~ Evan Cater

Celtic - Released May 21, 1996 | Hearts of Space Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2015 | Walt Disney Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2010 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 27, 2002 | Milan Music

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1996 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2005 | Varese Sarabande

Pop - Released August 25, 2015 | WaterTower Music

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2015 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2005 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 26, 1999 | Rhino Atlantic

The soundtrack to Ang Lee's Civil War film Ride with the Devil includes a stirring score by Mychael Danna that spans lush, orchestral passages and folky interludes, as well as a remixed version of leading lady Jewel's "What's Simple Is True" from her 1998 album, Spirit. ~ Heather Phares

Film Soundtracks - Released | WaterTower Music

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When veteran film composer Mychael Danna entered 2006, he probably thought his tradition-drenched, Renaissance-inspired score to this film about the opening chapter of "the greatest story ever told" would be heard by more people than the quirkier one he wrote for Little Miss Sunshine. But Sunshine was a Best Picture Oscar nominee and this one proved to be just a reasonably popular Jesus story. Recorded in Los Angeles, The Nativity Story score artfully blends native Middle Eastern instruments like Persian and Turkish ney flutes with more traditional pre-Baroque European ones like the viola de gamba, vielle, harp, and recorders. Danna's dual intent seemed to be to ground the story in its geographical roots while also underscoring the power the story had over the Western world in subsequent centuries. In this cross-cultural world, Gregorian chants and gorgeous, celebratory yet solemn carols like "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" were perfectly at home with the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale re-creating a Second Temple-era chanting in Hebrew of the prophecy of Isaiah and the powerful, portentous Roman horns and drums. The second half of the score features recurring melodic themes whose haunting beauty underscores Mary's isolation and her controversial relationship with Joseph. ~ Jonathan Widran
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2007 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2000 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1998 | Varese Sarabande

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1997 | Varese Sarabande

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