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The Horse Whisperer
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(June 2nd, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are content within Thomas Newman's comfort zone of colorful specialty instruments, understated orchestral themes, and highly personal spirit.

Avoid it... if you demand an epic presence for the setting of Montana and thus might be better served by investigating John Barry's rejected score for the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #267
WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 4/1/08
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The Horse Whisperer: (Thomas Newman) The best-selling novel by Nicholas Evans was the focus of Robert Redford in his 1998 screen adaptation that irked some viewers with its altered Hollywood ending but otherwise wooed audiences with its honest depiction of soul healing and the beauty of Montana. Over the course of almost three hours, The Horse Whisperer offers the tragedy and trauma that injure a girl, her horse, and by association, her family. When they consult with a "horse whisperer" who can heal the horse's spirit and thus the others, they embark on a journey to explore and heal the hearts of everyone involved. The film is melodrama at its finest, and combined with the spectacular visuals that the region inherently provides, The Horse Whisperer was a moderate success. More problematic in the production process was the recording of the soundtrack for the film. Redford relied upon the steady hand of English veteran John Barry, master of the epics of nature who had graced the Redford film Out of Africa with an Oscar-winning score and who had earned another statue for Dances With Wolves. Barry's career was grinding to a halt by the late 1990's, his stubborn style of ultra-fluid romantic orchestral writing finding fewer appropriate matches in the industry. His score for The Horse Whisperer consisted of more of the same style and, for whatever reason, Redford decided to jettison Barry in favor of Thomas Newman, whose score for The Shawshank Redemption had been temp-tracked into parts of the new project. Speculation about this replacement has long continued, perpetuated by Barry's eventual release of his themes for the film on the concert album "The Beyondness of Things." An examination of that album versus the final score provided by Newman shows two composers predictably writing from their comfort zones.

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Featurette Music on DVD?
Gideon - January 25, 2008, at 10:41 p.m.
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A score which is full of interesting orchestral motifs and solutions
Sheridan - September 8, 2006, at 8:39 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:54
• 1. Angus (0:55)
• 2. Double Divide (1:36)
• 3. The Whisperers (2:21)
• 4. Accident (1:45)
• 5. There Was Snow (Opening) (3:17)
• 6. Hooking On (1:23)
• 7. Montana (1:23)
• 8. Pilgrim's Progress (1:59)
• 9. Runaway Meadow (3:00)
• 10. Badlands (0:47)
• 11. Voice of God (1:00)
• 12. The Rhythm of the Horse (3:15)
• 13. Rancher's Wife (1:30)
• 14. Iron (1:33)
• 15. Simple Truths (3:21)
• 16. Hereford Cross (1:15)
• 17. Tunnel (1:26)
• 18. Awkward Talk (1:58)
• 19. Your Misfortune (None of My Own) (2:52)
• 20. Hooves (1:14)
• 21. Hobble (2:52)
• 22. The Very Act of Being (2:28)
• 23. Grace (3:06)
• 24. Lazy J (1:00)
• 25. Creek House (1:14)
• 26. The Vast Continent (3:39)
• 27. Percheron Stallion (1:49)
• 28. End Title (3:44)

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The insert contains extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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