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Life of Pi
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Additional Music by:
Rob Simonsen

Conducted by:
Mike Nowak

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Kevin Kaska
Joseph Newlin
Dan Barr
Conrad Pope
Carl Rydlund
Clifford Tasner
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Sony Classical
(November 19th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
The score won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. The score was also nominated for a Grammy Award. The song "Pi's Lullaby" was nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you appreciate film scores that make you think, Mychael Danna providing music for Life of Pi that is more culturally, instrumentally, and thematically intelligent than most all others of this generation.

Avoid it... if extremely measured subtlety is not your taste, though even in that case, this work may have enough religiously beautiful choral highlights to retain your interest.
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WRITTEN 12/1/12
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Life of Pi: (Mychael Danna) The story of Life of Pi has fascinated a variety of Hollywood studios, directors, and screenwriters since it debuted with authority in 2001 in the form of Yann Martel's novel. Even American President Barack Obama felt compelled to write Martel personally to describe the story as "an elegant proof of God and the power of storytelling." After directors M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet were all attached to the project at various levels, famed art house veteran Ang Lee took the helm and, with the help of screenwriter David Magee, adapted the popular story of the book quite faithfully in 2012's cinematic Life of Pi. That tale follows the intellectual and physical growth of an Indian boy named Pi Patel, whose worldly parents operate a zoo in India. The youngster comes of age while exploring his relationship with God through various religions, and, when his parents decide to emigrate to Canada to escape the politics of India, he sets off with them and their animals aboard a Japanese freighter. That ship capsizes in a horrific storm and the boy is the lone human survivor, struggling aboard a lifeboat along with four of the zoo animals. When the animals kill each other, a Bengal tiger prevails and challenges Pi for control of the lifeboat. The two are forced to come to peace with one another and spend 227 days at sea, stopping at a mysterious island of edible algae and meerkats before eventually washing ashore in Mexico. When insurance agents for the Japanese freighter ask Pi for information about the ship's demise, he first tells them the story we've just witnessed, but he is then coerced into telling a more realistic version of events, allowing audiences to determine which they choose. The element of religion is key to understanding Life of Pi, an older version of the main character telling the story through his accomplished lifetime of experience exploring divinity. Unfortunately, the film adaptation of Life of Pi has been compared to 2011's Hugo, an artistic masterpiece that fails at the box office due to the lack of star power; despite its heralded 3D technology, Life of Pi appeared destined within weeks to be considered a disappointing financial failure for the studio, which hoped for an awards-season push to save its viability. No stranger to previous Lee films is composer Mychael Danna, whose experience in writing thoughtful scores for the topics of religion and world cultures proved a worthy reason alone to continue their collaboration for this assignment. Without a doubt, Danna lives up to his end of the bargain, producing extremely smart, appropriately understated, and consistently satisfying music for Life of Pi.

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Total Time: 65:39
• 1. Pi's Lullaby - performed by Bombay Jayashri (3:42)
• 2. Piscine Molitor Patel (3:39)
• 3. Pondicherry (1:12)
• 4. Meeting Krishna (1:51)
• 5. Christ in the Mountains (1:13)
• 6. Thank You Vishnu for Introducing Me to Christ (0:55)
• 7. Richard Parker (0:54)
• 8. Appa's Lesson (1:06)
• 9. Anandi (0:55)
• 10. Leaving India (1:20)
• 11. The Deepest Spot on Earth (0:48)
• 12. Tsimtsum (2:49)
• 13. Death of the Zebra (0:33)
• 14. First Night, First Day (3:45)
• 15. Set Your House in Order (2:10)
• 16. Skinny Vegetarian Boy (2:16)
• 17. Pi and Richard Parker (2:14)
• 18. The Whale (2:02)
• 19. Flying Fish (0:49)
• 20. Tiger Training (1:22)
• 21. Orphans (1:36)
• 22. Tiger Vision (4:31)
• 23. God Storm (3:42)
• 24. I'm Ready now (3:21)
• 25. The Island (1:59)
• 26. Back to the World (8:20)
• 27. The Second Story (4:02)
• 28. Which Story Do You Prefer? (2:05)

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The insert includes a list of performers, lyrics to the song, and a note from the director about the score and composer.
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