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The Aviator
(2004)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The Flemish Radio Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Universal/Decca
(January 11th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release. This score-only album followed a song compilation album that contained none of Shore's music for the film.
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AWARDS
Winner of a Golden Globe. Nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you desire an occasionally triumphant but usually solemn and ultimately defeated score that closely resembles the turbulent mental issues of Howard Hughes.

Avoid it... if you are expecting the melodic fluidity and grandiose bravado of The Lord of the Rings, an influence of high-class 1930's and 1940's romance, or an album with the full selection of classical pieces tracked into the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #353
WRITTEN 12/31/04, REVISED 10/4/11
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The Aviator: (Howard Shore) Living up to the great anticipation it generated in the months prior to its release, Martin Scorsese's critically embraced The Aviator tells of the best years in the life of aviation genius and Hollywood producer Howard Hughes. Covering the cross-over era of 1927 to 1947, the film follows the exploits of Hughes in a movie industry during its transition from silence to talkies, as well as the aircraft industry's launch towards commercial airliners and WWII fighter planes. Deeply wrapped in the culture of the times, the lengthy film provides a fine balance between the glamour of the period, the fancy of the technology and its flights, and Hughes' personal psyche during both his rise and fall. The film does not dwell much on the final years of Hughes' life, during which his phobia of germs, among other psychological breakdowns, caused the icon to waste away penniless and alone. But many of the high points in the depiction are heavily weighed by an ominous and worrisome temperament, a characteristic that would carry over from Scorsese's story to the music for the film. While composer Howard Shore provided original orchestral music for the film, the amount of tracked classical pieces and other source material caused the score to be ruled ineligible to be nominated for an Academy Award, this despite Shore's nominations (and a win of a Golden Globe) from every other major awarding body for this work. Equally anticipated by film music enthusiasts, The Aviator was Shore's first major scoring project since his award-winning trilogy of compositions for The Lord of the Rings, an achievement already recognized at the time as being among the greatest three soundtracks of all time. Continuing his existing collaboration with Scorsese, Shore draws upon much of the same orchestral foundations as he did in those famous works of the years just prior, but the attitude and direction of the finished product cannot be any more different.



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Derek Tersmette - July 22, 2006, at 3:41 a.m.
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Music Not on CD   Expand >>
Al - December 30, 2005, at 9:29 p.m.
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Newest: June 7, 2006, at 9:32 p.m. by
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Would be fantastic if there was no LotR ...
G.K. - April 28, 2005, at 12:18 p.m.
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music during the preview on tv?
Kyle McDaniel - April 10, 2005, at 8:36 p.m.
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2004s best movies scores   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:28
• 1. Icarus (3:58)
• 2. There is No Great Genius Without Some Form of Madness (2:50)
• 3. Muirfield (2:22)
• 4. H-1 Racer Plane (3:20)
• 5. Quarantine (3:52)
• 6. Hollywood 1927 (2:59)
• 7. The Mighty Hercules (3:32)
• 8. Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (3:57)
• 9. America's Aviation Hero (2:05)
• 10. 7000 Romaine (2:22)
• 11. The Germ Free Zone (2:49)
• 12. Screening Room (5:27)
• 13. Long Beach Harbour 1947 (3:49)
• 14. The Way of the Future (4:01)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from Howard Shore about the score and film.
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