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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
David Hirschfelder

Conducted by:
Ricky Edwards
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Philips Classics
(November 5th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release. A 2CD collection of classical pieces in the film was released in May of 1997 and features no score.
Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.

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Buy it... if you enjoy masterful performances of some of the world's most challenging classical piano pieces.

Avoid it... if you have not seen the film or are unfamiliar with the highly targeted context of the film's tribute to a genius on piano.
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WRITTEN 11/16/96, REVISED 4/16/06
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Shine: (David Hirschfelder) Among the red hot sensations of the 1997 awards season was Shine, an Australian film that caused such a stir at its Sundance debut in late 1996 that both New Line and Miramax were engaged in open warfare over the right to distribute the film worldwide. After winning no less than nine Australian Film Institute awards, the film struck all the right chords with American critics, and within a few months, it would be favored to win several Golden Globes and Academy Awards as well. The story of Australian pianist David Helfgott, the idea for Shine came to director Scott Hicks ten years before the film would debut. After reading a newspaper story about Helfgott (who had made news by performing a flawless classical repertoire at a Perth restaurant), Hicks arranged to see Helfgott in concert. Over the following year, he would endeavor to earn Helfgott's trust in the idea of presenting his story on film, and eventually, a partially fictionalized screenplay by Jan Sardi would satisfy Helfgott with all the relevant events and characters included. Perhaps more importantly, Helfgott would perform for recordings of the famed classical repertoire for use in the film itself and the album that followed. A highly personal film, Shine details Helfgott's discovery as a musical genius and the conflict this caused with a demanding father who was attempting to live vicariously through his son's success. Eventually breaking his bond with family and Australia, Helfgott studies on scholarship as a young man in London, where he achieves remarkable success in his performances, but suffers an internal, mental breakdown. Three different ages of the primary character are presented in non-chronological order, jumping around without narration to assist the audience in understanding Helfgott's journey. This, along with an unprecedented incorporation of difficult piano pieces into the performances contained in the story, gave composer David Hirschfelder a daunting task.

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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:05
• 1. With the Help of God, Shine (3:19)
• 2. The Polonaise - written by Frederic Chopin (1:20)
• 3. Did He Win? (0:43)
• 4. Will You Teach Me? (2:33)
• 5. Scales to America (2:29)
• 6. Scenes from Childhood - 'Almost too Serious' - written in part by Robert Schumann (1:32)
• 7. These People are a Disgrace (1:15)
• 8. Raindrop Prelude - written by Frederic Chopin (0:42)
• 9. Your Father, Your Family (2:34)
• 10. Tell Me a Story, Katherine (2:03)
• 11. Back Stage (1:16)
• 12. Punished for the Rest of Your Life (1:02)
• 13. Moments of Genius (0:46)
• 14. La Campalesson - written by Franz Liszt (0:49)
• 15. Letters to Katherine (1:27)
• 16. 1st Movement Cadenza from the Rach 3. - written by Sergei Rachmaninoff (2:37)
• 17. Night Practice/Parcel from Katherine - written in part by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1:19)
• 18. As If There Was No Tomorrow (1:44)
• 19. The Rach. 3 - written by Sergei Rachmaninoff (4:17)
• 20. Complicato in Israel (1:56)
• 21. Raindrop Reprise - written by Frederic Chopin (1:44)
• 22. Bath to Daisy Beryl (1:30)
• 23. Gloria - written by Antonio Vivaldi (2:26)
• 24. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - written by Franz Liszt (3:39)
• 25. Prelude in C # Minor - written by Sergei Rachmaninoff (2:17)
• 26. Flight of the Bumble Bee - written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff (1:08)
• 27. Rach. 3 Reborn - written by Sergei Rachmaninoff(1:13)
• 28. Goodnight Daddy (2:03)
• 29. A Loud Bit of Ludwig's 9th - written by Ludwig van Beethoven (0:41)
• 30. Sospiro - written by Franz Liszt (2:45)
• 31. What's the Matter, David/Appassionata - written in part by Ludwig van Beethoven (1:12)
• 32. La Campanella - written by Franz Liszt (1:02)
• 33. Familiar Faces/Rach. 3 Encore - written in part by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1:35)
• 34. Nulla in Mondo Pax Sincera - written by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Jane Edwards (4:38)

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The insert contains extensive information about the classical cues and how they were arranged.
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