James Horner is quite an amazing composer in the way he thinks about the movie itself, he uses Charlotte Churche's voice to emphisize the love in John Nashe's wife, the piano(s) in the score are brilliant.
Horner's dark cues in the middle of the movie really stick to person, I warn to anyone getting this one, the dark music will be hard to get out of your head for it is repeated so many times, though appropriate, its almost as though the listener goes into Nashe's world.
The music in the sountrack is nicely placed as there are equal amounts of dark music and love/sad themes. All of the dark cues are played at once, in the middle while the love theme and mathematical themes are played in the beggining and end of the sountrack.
In the end, Horner's ability to understand the movie came out strong; Ron Howard and Brian Grazer in the dvd section of "Scoring the Movie" say how with Horner, its like talking to a director, and again I can't emphisize enough on the reason he explains to scoring the way he did with this film.
Believe me when I say this, Horner knows what he is doing, and I heard, in the score he used 5 pianos. That's remarkable in itself to score the pianos.
Also, the first song is so complex with it's time signature changes and keys, that anyone trying to figure out how to conduct the song will have an extremely hard time figuring it out unless he/she has a really good ear.