SUPPORT FILMTRACKS! CLICK HERE FIRST:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
iTunes (U.S.)
Amazon.ca
Amazon.fr
eBay (U.S.)
Amazon.de
Amazon.es
Half.com
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
Composers
Awards
   NEWEST MAJOR REVIEWS:
     1. Transformers: Last Knight
    2. Cars 3
   3. The Mummy
  4. Wonder Woman
 5. POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales
6. Alien: Covenant


   CURRENT BEST-SELLING SCORES:
       1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
      2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
     3. Willow
    4. The Ghost and the Darkness
   5. An American Tail
  6. The Wind and the Lion
 7. Doctor Strange
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
   CURRENT MOST POPULAR REVIEWS:
         1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
        2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
       3. Titanic
      4. Avatar
     5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
    6. Gladiator
   7. Star Wars: A New Hope
  8. Animal Farm
 9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
Home Page
Angels in America
(2003)
Album Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
Labels Icon
LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nonesuch Records
(December 2nd, 2003)
Availability Icon
ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for a Grammy Award.
Also See Icon
ALSO SEE




Decorative Nonsense
PRINTER FRIENDLY VIEW
(inverts site colors)




Availability | Awards | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... if you have ever wondered what a Thomas Newman score would sound like if you combined his experimental rhythms and instrumentation with his orchestral and choral grandeur on a large scale.

Avoid it... only if nothing about any of Newman's styles has ever interested you.
Review Icon
EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #444
WRITTEN 1/23/04, REVISED 3/17/09
Shopping Icon
BUY IT



Newman
Newman
Angels in America: (Thomas Newman) A popular production on the live stage, Angels in America is an examination of religion and humanity that HBO pumped over $60 million into before debuting the six-hour show over two nights in December of 2003. Set in 1985, the story follows the trials of several gay men in Manhattan who are dealing with their experiences (in and out of the closet) during the first onslaught of AIDS. Their personal stories occupy one half of the overarching theme, with the element of Christian religion weaving strongly through the other half. The extremely weighty and contemplative political and religious landscape suggests an era during the Reagan presidency in which God has abandoned Heaven and humanity, and several right-wing, Mormon, or otherwise heavily religious influences in the film are offered in stark contrast to the seedy world of gays and AIDS in the mid-80's. Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, and a considerable secondary cast, the film's success with audiences was split much along the same lines as original responses to the play. One part of the production crew not questioned to any extent was Thomas Newman, whose career had recently achieved an even higher standard of excellence than usual. Despite assertions by devoted Newman collectors that the composer had always been at the top of his game, many listeners familiar with his early orchestral strengths nearly abandoned the composer during his stage of introverted experimentation between 1999 and 2002. While gaining an all new audience with his plucky and funky scores to American Beauty and Erin Brockovich, among others, Newman fans from the early days wondered when the composer would turn back to his use of large orchestral ensembles in attractively bittersweet tones for his assignments. That satisfaction came with Road to Perdition and Finding Nemo, both of which far above average works and a return to what those original Newman collectors wanted to hear from the composer.



Ratings Icon
VIEWER RATINGS
865 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.32 Stars
***** 578 5 Stars
**** 135 4 Stars
*** 58 3 Stars
** 40 2 Stars
* 54 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
COMMENTS
11 TOTAL COMMENTS
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments
Angels sequencing?
Jak - February 17, 2008, at 9:24 a.m.
1 comment  (1355 views)
Wonderful,full of interesting orchestral solutions and motifs
Sheridan - December 2, 2006, at 1:52 a.m.
1 comment  (1578 views)
This music is evil.
Juan - May 11, 2006, at 12:03 p.m.
1 comment  (2146 views)
Alternative review of Angels in America at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - August 31, 2004, at 6:21 a.m.
1 comment  (2729 views)
Ultimate Thomas Newman
JS Park - July 10, 2004, at 11:32 a.m.
1 comment  (1959 views)
Score of the year, without a doubt   Expand >>
Amuro - March 19, 2004, at 7:39 p.m.
1 comment  (2164 views)
More...


Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 72:00
• 1. Threshold of Revolution (0:56)
• 2. Angels in America (Main Title) (2:17)
• 3. Lesionnaire (0:40)
• 4. Ellis Island (2:05)
• 5. Acolyte of the Flux (1:15)
• 6. Umdankbar Kind (1:24)
• 7. The Ramble (1:07)
• 8. Ozone (0:58)
• 9. Pill Poppers (1:17)
• 10. Quartet (6:43)
• 11. Solitude - performed by Duke Ellington (3:10)
• 12. Bayeux Tapestry (1:49)
• 13. Spotty Monster (0:48)
• 14. Mauve Antarctica (4:47)
• 15. Her Fabulous Incipience (1:06)
• 16. The Infinite Descent (0:54)
• 17. A Closer Walk With Thee - performed by George Lewis and his Ragtime Band (2:54)
• 18. Broom of Truth (2:50)
• 19. Submit! (1:15)
• 20. Plasma Orgasmata (2:57)
• 21. Delicate Particle Logic (1:57)
• 22. The Mormons (1:51)
• 23. Prophet Birds (2:42)
• 24. More Life (2:10)
• 25. Black Angel (4:10)
• 26. Garden of the Soul (4:03)
• 27. Heaven (2:00)
• 28. Bethesda Fountain (1:17)
• 29. The Great Work Begins (End Title) (3:57)
• 30. Tropopause (2:55)
• 31. I'm His Child - performed by Zella Jackson-Price (3:36)

Notes Icon
NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
Copyright © 2004-2017, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from Angels in America are Copyright © 2003, Nonesuch Records and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 1/23/04 and last updated 3/17/09.
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload