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A Christmas Carol
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2009 Disney
2013 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Conrad Pope
John Ashton Thomas

Violin Solos by:
Rene Mandel
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Walt Disney Records
(November 3rd, 2009)

Intrada Records
(November 12th, 2013)
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The 2009 album was a "Disney Digital Download" in MP3 format only, initially available only through and iTunes. In 2013, Intrada offered the same contents on a regular commercial CD.
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Buy it... if you've always loved the festive spirit of traditional carols and hymns at the holidays, because Alan Silvestri's score makes liberal use of half a dozen of these famous pieces to constitute the joyous (and now comical) half of this tired tale.

Avoid it... if it's summer wherever you are (or if you expect the twenty minutes of more interesting action and suspense material utilizing diverse instrumental and choral shades to compete favorably in the originality department, either).
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WRITTEN 11/19/09, REVISED 4/14/16
A Christmas Carol: (Alan Silvestri) If you roll your eyes at every new adaptation of this famous Charles Dickens tale on the big or small screen, you're not alone. It's been retold and mutilated so many times now that its original emotional appeal has been perhaps eternally diminished, depending usually on how powerful the performance of the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge. Walt Disney Pictures and screenwriter/director Robert Zemeckis plunged the concept into the computerized realm of 3D animation for the 2009 holiday season, and while the technical merits of the production are distinct improvements over the techniques of animated photography that Zemeckis attempted in The Polar Express and Beowulf, Jim Carrey's performances in both the lead role and as the majority of speaking ghosts in A Christmas Carol have been noted for their shallow heart and secondary emphasis to the visual techniques. The script also poses some awkward challenges, including action and silly comedy that contradict each other in betraying the spirit of Disney's rather lucky PG rating. Still, there is no doubt that Zemeckis' version of A Christmas Carol is more exhilarating to see than previous adaptations. Any progressive tactics employed in the visuals are compensated for by an extremely conservative musical approach by composer Alan Silvestri, for whom this assignment marked the thirteenth collaboration in a noteworthy partnership with Zemeckis. Their work for The Polar Express was very clearly a practice run for A Christmas Carol, with every aspect of the 2004 score (outside of the utilization of several songs in musical format) bloated to greater proportions for its 2009 sibling. For the Oscar-bait song anchoring the end of the film and memorably incorporating Tiny Tim's famous line as its title (as well as serving as the score's primary theme), Silvestri and lyricist Glen Ballard reunited and replaced the voice of Josh Groban with the stately tone of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Although the singer recorded the song in English, Spanish, and Italian (the first is the only one available on the regular international album release), the resulting sound, aided by fully symphonic and choral elegance, is much the same. This time, however, rather than hearing similarities to John Debney and Andrew Lloyd Webber in the primary melody, you have an interestingly pervasive influence of traditional Christmas carols and hymns. It is this circumstance that guarantees the song and score's effectiveness but also cements their extremely generic stance. Don't be surprised if you walk away from this listening experience feeling as though you've heard every moment of it before. In many ways, you have.

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Average: 3.16 Stars
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Excellent review
Edmund Meinerts - November 23, 2009, at 1:19 p.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:34
• 1. A Christmas Carol Main Title (4:21)
• 2. Scrooge Counts Money (0:48)
• 3. Marley's Ghost Visits Scrooge (6:12)
• 4. The Ghost of Christmas Past (4:58)
• 5. Let Us See Another Christmas (1:18)
• 6. Flight to Fezziwigs (1:27)
• 7. First Waltz (0:59)
• 8. Another Idol Has Replaced Me (1:40)
• 9. Touch My Robe (3:41)
• 10. The Clock Tower (1:50)
• 11. Carriage Chase (3:24)
• 12. Old Joe and Mrs. Dilber (2:28)
• 13. This Dark Chamber (1:56)
• 14. None of Us Will Ever Forget (1:33)
• 15. Who Was That Lying Dead? (3:08)
• 16. I'm Still Here (1:26)
• 17. Ride On, My Good Man (1:04)
• 18. God Bless Us Everyone* (3:15)
* written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, performed by Andrea Bocelli

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There is no formal packaging available for the download product. The insert of the 2013 Intrada album contains notes about both the film and score.
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