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Defiance
(2008)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Randy Kerber

Conducted by:
Nick Ingram

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman

Violin Solos by:
Joshua Bell
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 9th, 2008)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if restrained but respectful orchestral Holocaust scores of harmonic resonance entice you to turn up the volume and appreciate their stark beauty.

Avoid it... if the employment of a solo violin to represent the plight of the Jews during this era has become too much of a cliche for your ears to handle.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #695
WRITTEN 12/20/08
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Defiance: (James Newton Howard) Veteran director Ed Zwick gives audiences another history lesson involving an obscure wartime event in Defiance, a depiction of the real-life events detailed in historian Nechama Tec's 1993 book. During World War II, a trio of Jewish brothers in Belarus decide to elude Nazi efforts by taking refuge in their dense local woods where, eventually, they lead a group of over a thousand others. Testing the limits of their endurance by braving harsh conditions, these individuals form a camp that remarkably succeeded in its task despite Nazi aerial bombing and incursions by land. The film stirred early hopes of Oscar gold, though slow pacing and lack of emotional engagement with the audience were cited early as detractions awaiting the film's wide release at the end of 2008. When considering the music for Defiance, Zwick turned once again to his successful Blood Diamond collaborator, James Newton Howard. The director and composer had considerable discussions about what distinct instrumental personality to convey in the score. While the violin has long been known to accurately represent that historical age of the Jewish culture, its use by John Williams and others in well known productions about the atrocities of World War II gave Zwick and Howard some pause. They weighed the possibilities of using a cello, clarinet, and even traditional Klezmer music. Though, in the end, the allure of the violin proved to be too powerful. Thus entered the young sensation Joshua Bell, whose performances on the instrument in 1999's The Red Violin contributed to John Corigliano's Academy Award win for the work. Still, the composer and director were cautious in their application of music into the picture. "It is essentially a minimalist score, with a substantial amount of what you'd call ambiance to it," Howard said. "The music in all of Edward's work has been a very strong component; the spotting, where the music is used, how its used, is restrained." The final result of Howard's work employed only 50 to 60 musicians and utilized both the violin solos and a few sparse performances by the cimbalom for distinction. Simple harmonies were Howard's primary intent, allowing the voice of Bell's instrument to, as Howard continued, "express the great longing and loss which is so strong in the story."



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Alternate review of Defiance at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - January 25, 2009, at 12:46 a.m.
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4 Stars ?   Expand >>
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Just purchased it...
SolarisLem - December 22, 2008, at 6:44 a.m.
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Nice Review
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:39
• 1. Defiance Main Titles (2:27)
• 2. Survivors (2:11)
• 3. Make Them Count (2:40)
• 4. Your Wife (3:07)
• 5. The Bielski Otriad (5:17)
• 6. Bella and Zus (2:16)
• 7. Exodus (4:30)
• 8. Camp Montage (2:22)
• 9. The Wedding (1:36)
• 10. Winter (2:02)
• 11. Escaping the Ghetto (1:34)
• 12. Police Station (4:33)
• 13. Tuvia Kisses Lilka (3:17)
• 14. Nothing is Impossible (7:33)
• 15. The Bielski Brothers/Ikh Bin a Mame (4:22)

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