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The Silence of the Lambs
(1991)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Homer Denison

Performed by:
The Munich Symphony Orchestra
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MCA Records
(February 5th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to spend an hour looking over your shoulder, because few scores are as consistently unnerving as Howard Shore's morbidly dramatic The Silence of the Lambs.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to accomplish much more than establish a suspenseful mood, for its structures really aren't that complicated when studied apart from the oppressive attitude of their performance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,420
WRITTEN 11/24/09
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The Silence of the Lambs: (Howard Shore) A number of seemingly unrelated concepts were irrevocably tied to sickness in Jonathan Demme's monumentally successful 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, not the least entertaining of which were fava beans, census takers, livers, and nice Chiantis. The world suddenly became fascinated with the brilliant cannibal Hannibal Lecter, enough so to encourage Anthony Hopkins to reprise his incredible performance of the character in multiple sequels. He is the unfortunate key to success for a young FBI agent (played by Jodie Foster) who solicits help from the psychologically menacing criminal in her frantic investigation into the mind of a psychotic kidnapper from whom she needs to rescue a politician's daughter. As tense a conversational thriller to ever come from Hollywood, The Silence of the Lambs swept through the awards season like an uncontrollable wildfire, the interactions between Hopkins and Foster achieving legendary status. The substandard sequels did a great injustice to the quality of the original film, which managed to maintain an uncomfortable level of tension throughout its entire length, even extending its heavy atmosphere to the sudden plot shifts and demented humor contained in its story. Among the few aspects of the production of The Silence of the Lambs that really didn't gain much attention at the time was Howard Shore's troubling score. Had the composer enjoyed better name recognition at the time, he might have been carried on to his own awards due to the overwhelming critical and popular triumphs of the film. Despite producing quality suspense material dating back to The Fly in the 1980's, Shore's reputation as a solid composer for this genre didn't really become widespread until a number of higher profile projects later in the 1990's. Stylistically, his music for The Silence of the Lambs has many fundamental similarities to subsequent efforts for Seven, The Game, and Panic Room, though none of these scores was known for translating into standalone success in album form. Shore's approach to these assignments is effective nearly every time, perfecting his recipe for orchestral brooding and smothering the listener with uncomfortable tones in each section of the ensemble in its lowest ranges. Unfortunately, while these scores have a following from Shore's devoted pre-Lord of the Rings collecting base, their appeal on album is limited.



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Total Time: 57:09
• 1. Main Title (5:04)
• 2. The Asylum (3:53)
• 3. Clarice (3:03)
• 4. Return to the Asylum (2:35)
• 5. The Abduction (3:01)
• 6. Quid Pro Quo (4:41)
• 7. Lecter in Memphis (5:41)
• 8. Lambs Screaming (5:34)
• 9. Lecter Escapes (5:06)
• 10. Belvedere, Ohio (3:32)
• 11. The Moth (2:20)
• 12. The Cellar (7:02)
• 13. Finale (4:50)

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