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Red Sparrow
(2018)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Jon Kull
Philip Klein
Peter Boyer

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(March 2nd, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The CD version is an Amazon.com "CDr on demand" product.
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Buy it... if you can content yourself with fifteen unique minutes of monumentally impressive Russian classicism supplied with almost mythological choral magnificence by James Newton Howard.

Avoid it... if you expect Howard's minimalistic suspense material in the middle of the score to adequately tease the musical transformation to follow, this despite some fleeting resemblance to Bernard Herrmann mannerisms along that path.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,839
WRITTEN 3/25/18
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Red Sparrow: (James Newton Howard) Despite all the hype about the sex and nudity contained within Francis Lawrence's 2018 adaptation of the novel of the same name, Red Sparrow isn't actually sexy at all. Demeaning to women and exploring nothing of interest in the espionage genre, the movie tries to fool you into believing that lead actress Jennifer Lawrence is built to be a starring Russian ballerina swept into the Russian intelligence industry by becoming a tool of seduction and information extraction as means of saving her mother. Her notions of becoming a double agent are tested during her sexual escapades with an American CIA target, the splattering of blood never far behind her handiwork. Not even a fair dose of hapless nudity and a supporting role for Jeremy Irons could salvage Red Sparrow for audiences, and the film faded quietly into the shadows after failed attempts by the production to stir up some media sensation. Since the lead character opens the film as a ballerina before being turned into a Vladimir Putin sex drone, Red Sparrow understandably contains a significant amount of classical music placed into its mix. Perhaps the most interesting considerations about the soundtrack for this movie involve the choices about whether to place classical staples by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Stravinsky, or Bach into the mix of certain scenes rather than an original score by frequent Lawrence collaborator James Newton Howard. Recall that the director dropped 70% of the composer's music from I Am Legend and utilized silence instead; some of that same technique is applied during gruesome torture scenes in Red Sparrow. But Lawrence applies some of the classical music to replace typical score placements for certain subplots of the movie as well, leaving Howard's otherwise long effort potentially fragmented in its strategy of evolving along with the main character. The director listened to Mozart's "Requiem" and Stravinsky's "The Firebird" on headphones during the filming, and the latter piece was utilized as the temp track for the opening ballet and tragedy sequences. Rather than stick with this music in the final mix, however, Howard was asked to follow the exact pacing of "The Firebird" in writing an original alternative that allowed for more variance in demeanor as required during the scene.



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VIEWER RATINGS
146 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.14 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 37 3 Stars
** 30 2 Stars
* 18 1 Stars
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A thrilling masterpiece
Solomon Cage - May 5, 2018, at 5:19 p.m.
1 comment  (167 views)
Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - March 31, 2018, at 3:07 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 76:48
• 1. Overture (11:34)
• 2. The Steam Room (2:19)
• 3. One Night is All I Ask (1:29)
• 4. Take Off Your Dress (6:20)
• 5. Arriving at Sparrow School (2:50)
• 6. Training (1:42)
• 7. Anya, Come Here (2:44)
• 8. When Did You First Notice the Tail? (1:04)
• 9. There's a Car Waiting to Take You to Moscow (1:49)
• 10. Follow the Trail Wherever It Leads You (2:29)
• 11. Blonde Suits You (4:59)
• 12. Searching Marta's Room (2:22)
• 13. Ticket to Vienna (1:45)
• 14. Telephone Code (1:10)
• 15. Searching Nate's Apartment (1:04)
• 16. Can I Trust You? (3:06)
• 17. Switching Disks (5:59)
• 18. So What Next? (3:45)
• 19. Didn't I Do Well? (8:48)
• 20. End Titles (9:30)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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