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World Trade Center
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Matt Dunkley
Kazimir Boyle

Co-Produced by:
Geoff Foster
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(August 8th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are familiar with Craig Armstrong's trademark sounds of tragedy, from the layered strings to light synthetic rhythms, ethereal chorus, and soft piano solos, and you've enjoyed his similar works in the past.

Avoid it... if you expect the more transparent patriotic bravado of John Williams' scores for Oliver Stone's films.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #587
WRITTEN 8/11/06
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World Trade Center: (Craig Armstrong) Oliver Stone's potent films have, through the years, explored controversial topics in extremely detailed and brutal fashion, often throwing a political or historical subject directly in your face. Surprisingly restrained, though, is World Trade Center, for which Stone leaves behind many of his more lavish techniques and provides what has been described as the director's most "accessible" film in two decades. It's a human tale rather than a political one, based on the true story of two New York Port Authority policemen who were among the last of the 20 survivors to be rescued from the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. The 24 hours in these men's lives were meticulously detailed, with the actors taking direction from the survivors themselves, and while the first half of the film shows their encounters and entrapment in the concourse of the buildings, the second half is a series of hallucinations and flashbacks for the two men, as well as scenes of the secondary plotlines involving their families. Stone's tightrope here was the balance between dramatic punch and tasteful restraint, and much of the same applied to composer Craig Armstrong. While his assignment on World Trade Center was somewhat of a surprise to many film score collectors, the core of his work would argue otherwise. Armstrong's career has always been laced with tragedy... not professionally, but in subject matter. With the exception of the feel-good Love Actually, every one of Armstrong's major scores has some element of sadness, whether it is outright tragedy like Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, or films that feature a silver lining, like The Quiet American, Ray, or The Bone Collector. When you examine all of Armstrong's scores for these films, you realize that they are all tastefully restrained, melodic in structure, intimate in their solo performances, and dark in their colors. He most often utilizes a solo piano, subtle string layers, ethereal chorus, and light electronic rhythms to achieve this trademark sound, and it is apparently this sound that the filmmakers had chosen for World Trade Center.



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746 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.41 Stars
***** 198 5 Stars
**** 184 4 Stars
*** 170 3 Stars
** 117 2 Stars
* 77 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 8, 2007, at 6:04 a.m.
1 comment  (1707 views)
Choir
N.R.Q. - December 1, 2006, at 6:57 a.m.
1 comment  (1746 views)
Synthesizing Too Much!!!   Expand >>
Trevor - September 26, 2006, at 7:43 p.m.
2 comments  (2554 views)
Newest: December 5, 2007, at 2:44 a.m. by
Michael Björk
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Derek Tersmette - September 2, 2006, at 11:03 a.m.
1 comment  (2108 views)
Good,but could have been better
Sheridan - August 18, 2006, at 11:09 a.m.
1 comment  (1609 views)
Quite boring overall
Tim Wilk - August 14, 2006, at 5:33 a.m.
1 comment  (1604 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:26
• 1. World Trade Center Cello Theme (3:43)
• 2. World Trade Center Piano Theme (4:00)
• 3. New York Awakes (2:29)
• 4. The Drive Downtown (3:52)
• 5. Rise Above the Towers (2:26)
• 6. World Trade Center Choral Piece (2:41)
• 7. John & Donna Talk About Their Family (1:25)
• 8. Ethereal (5:24)
• 9. John's Woodshed (1:38)
• 10. Marine Arrives at Ground Zero (2:57)
• 11. Will and Allison in the Hospital (1:53)
• 12. Allison at the Stoplight (1:07)
• 13. Jimeno Sees Jesus (1:42)
• 14. John and Will Found/Will Ascends (5:05)
• 15. John's Apparition (2:30)
• 16. John Rescued/Resolution (7:46)
• 17. Elegy (4:39)
• 18. Ethereal Piano Coda (2:09)

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