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SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS: SOUNDTRACK

"James Newton Howard is one of those rare composers with such a comprehensive command of orchestral arrangement that his cinematic scores seem to flow from the pictures, narratives and conceptions themselves. Rather than merely moulding a personal style to roughly fit a mood, he is able to directly translate abstract feelings and ideas to a musical language that enriches and magnifies universal experiences.

For Snow Falling on Cedars, he has cultivated a subliminally captivating ambience that is most powerful in the synergy it creates with the other elements of the film but, alone, still carries the listener on a rapturous journey through a sonic landscape of mist and shadow, snow and cedars.

Throughout the 27 tracks of sonic scene painting, delicate flakes of woodwind and percussion glide down gracefully upon luscious beds of strings and choir. There is an extraordinary dynamic to this score, with some tracks whispering away like echoes of nostalgia in arboreal shadows, while others conclude with codas of rolling thunder from oriental percussion. An achingly intimate, slightly sorrowful solo cello, a mini-oratorio in dramatic nine-time and captivating hints of wistful motifs that momentarily swell and then luxuriously sink back into the lush bed of sonic snow all swirl into a timeless and transcendent vortex.

If you demand long, linearly developed melodic themes, this soundtrack may disappoint it is never guilty of striking us over the head with hook-lines. Instead it soaks the soul in a fine, ambient precipitation that resonates with the stark, solemn and undiscriminating beauty of snowfall."
Brad Green

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TITLE: Snow Falling on Cedars

ID: 28946 68182
Decca/Universal

COMPOSER: James Newton Howard

PRODUCER: James Newton Howard, Jim Weidman

TRACKS: 27

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