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A Hidden Life
(2019)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Produced and Additional Music by:
Xander Rodzinski

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Kull
Philip Klein

Violin Solos by:
James Ehnes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 6th, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... for the gorgeous, lyrical, and intimate romanticism of James Newton Howard's main theme for this otherwise understated but still accomplished score.

Avoid it... if the melodic portions of The Village and Defiance failed to capture your heart, for A Hidden Life matches their highlights, albeit briefly.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,956
WRITTEN 9/27/20
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A Hidden Life: (James Newton Howard) As with any film by writer and director Terrence Malick, you can expect visual and aural beauty against challenging character stories. His movies are an acquired taste, and while 2019's A Hidden Life was met with praise from critics and audiences beyond just the director's dedicated admirers, the film surprisingly failed to garner any substantial awards consideration. The World War II tale tells of the relationship between an Austrian peasant farmer and his wife who enjoy a quiet life in their village. When the Nazis force the man to join the German army, he declines and is imprisoned, and Malick follows the communication between the couple as he struggles to retain morality in his refusal to fight. The movie has a predictably depressing but redemptive outcome, the introspective journey to that end meriting your attention. The music for Malick's films is something of a humorous aside in his major projects, his decisions in the application of existing classical music into his narratives varying from brilliant to bizarre. As learned by legendary composers ranging from Ennio Morricone to Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and Alexandre Desplat, working with Malick requires a specific mindset that allows for the acceptance that any original score in his films will likely be totally rearranged in or absent from the final cut. In one of the most extraordinary take-downs of a director by a composer, Horner once declared Malick to be shades of incompetent and insane after his experience on The New World. On the other hand, Zimmer and Desplat approached their Malick assignments with the peace of knowing that they were providing editable concept music rather than a proper score. Malick had approached James Newton Howard years earlier about working together, and while the partnership didn't come to fruition at the time, A Hidden Life allowed them another opportunity. Howard was well aware of Horner's epic rant about Malick, but he had also sought the consult of his friend, Zimmer, about how to handle the director.



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Average: 3.32 Stars
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Total Time: 69:29
• 1. A Hidden Life (2:50)
• 2. Israel in Egypt, HWV 54, Part I, No. 16 'Chorus: And Believed the Lord' - composed by George Frideric Handel (4:25)
• 3. Surrounded by Walls (2:53)
• 4. Return (2:41)
• 5. Indoctrination (2:12)
• 6. Morality in Darkness (3:13)
• 7. Love and Suffering (7:44)
• 8. Tabula Rasa: II. Silentium - composed by Arvo Pärt (15:46)
• 9. Hope (2:30)
• 10. Descent (6:25)
• 11. Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39: I. Allegro Moderato - composed by Antonin Dvorak (3:54)
• 12. Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, Op. 66: IV. Adagio Cantabile - composed by Henryk Górecki (6:25)
• 13. Knotted (3:39)
• 14. There Will Be No Mysteries (4:42)
(Original score total time: 38:54)

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