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A Dangerous Method
(2011)
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Composed, Adapted, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Source Music by:
Richard Wagner

Piano Solos by:
Lang Lang
Nikolaus Resa
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Sony Classical/Howe Records
(November 21st, 2011)
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Regular commercial release. The American and international pressings of the CD feature different cover art.
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Buy it... if you accept the necessity of Howard Shore's adaptation of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" into a position that dominates his stark and gloomy original material for the score.

Avoid it... if you have never cared for that portion of the Wagner opera and desire more than just a few minutes of Shore's own, ominously powerful main theme for the hysteria of the main female character.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,612
WRITTEN 12/2/11
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A Dangerous Method: (Howard Shore/Richard Wagner) By comparison to many of director David Cronenberg's movies, the 2011 psychological drama A Dangerous Method is relatively "normal." Its plot, inspired by John Kerr's 1993 book and a 2002 stage adaptation, uses explorations of early modern psychiatry to frame a love triangle involving famed Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and his beautiful young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein, played by Keira Knightley. As Jung attempts to cure her of her bouts with hysteria, he carries on an affair with her, attempting to balance his comfortable family existence with his fascination with his patient. Eventually stepping into the fray is his colleague, Sigmund Freud, who served as a mentor to both real life figures (Spielrein went on to her own successful psychiatric career). The acting-centric film was targeted initially at film festivals but was later distributed widely in hopes of drumming up support during the late 2011 awards season. The soundtrack for A Dangerous Method is a particularly relevant influence on the plot of the movie because of a shared admiration for the music of Richard Wagner by Jung and Spielrein. Their mutual obsession with Wagner's "Ring" cycle operas is partly the genesis of their affair, and despite their shared preference for the first opera in the cycle, "Das Rheingold," the third one, "Siegfried," is the source of much of the action. Spielrein's obsession with the story of "Siegfried" encourages her to, as Cronenberg states, "have a sinful relationship with Jung and then give birth to this hero, this heroic Siegfried." In the process of embodying their "intellectual passions," the director continues, "they could very easily see themselves being characters in a Wagnerian opera." The job of Cronenberg's usual collaborator, composer Howard Shore, was to adapt Wagner's material from the famed opera into the context of a semi-original score. As expected, a fair amount of "Siegfried" informs Shore's resulting music. "It follows the opera in terms of its overall structure," Shore explained. "I used the bones, if you will, of the opera to create the structure and the arc of the music." The composer chose "Siegfried Idyll" to specifically represent the loving relationships that Jung was attempting to maintain, reflecting the purpose behind the composition of the piece by Wagner. The most widely advertised aspect of the soundtrack is a 32-minute performance of "Siegfried Idyll" by renown Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, arranged by Shore for applications as necessary for the tender side of the affair and Jung's character (though the pianist does not perform those duties in the score itself).



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:57
• 1. Burgholzli (1:23)
• 2. Miss Spielrein (1:37)
• 3. Galvanometer (1:04)
• 4. Carriage (1:07)
• 5. He's Very Persuasive (2:14)
• 6. Sabina (0:57)
• 7. Otto Gross (2:47)
• 8. A Boat With Red Sails (1:02)
• 9. Siegfried (1:01)
• 10. Freedom (1:14)
• 11. End of the Affair (1:06)
• 12. Letters (2:25)
• 13. Confession (1:30)
• 14. Risk My Authority (1:10)
• 15. Vienna (1:10)
• 16. Only One God (2:26)
• 17. Something Unforgivable (2:51)
• 18. Reflection (5:57)
• 19. Siegfried Idyll - performed by Lang Lang (32:04)

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The insert, like that of Howe Records' concurrent release for Howard Shore's Hugo, features the creepy, disembodied head of the composer but no extra information about the score or film.
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